Sam Smith, The Imitation Game and Glee Among Annual GLAAD Award Nominees

Sam Smith, The Imitation Game and Glee Among Annual GLAAD Award Nominees
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The 26th annual GLAAD Media Award nominees were announced today (Wednesday), including recognition for openly gay singer Sam Smith as well as Glee, which despite its many faults continues to bring LGBT characters and relationships to the fore of its show.

The GLAAD Awards seek to acknowledge artists, writers, TV programmes or films for their depictions of the LGBT community and those issues surrounding it.

It is quite the varied list, with over 100 nominees in total. Categories include Outstanding Film- Wide Release, which sees big box office hits The Imitation Game and Pride battling it out against each other, as well as Outstanding Drama Series. This category is strong, with competition from Game of Thrones, How To Get Away With Murder and Shameless to name but a few, as well as the wonderful Orange is the New Black.

Glee finds itself nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series, and indeed the awards do seem to champion Ryan Murphy’s shows. Last year The New Normal, American Horror Story and Glee were all nominated and this year, as well as Glee, The Normal Heart finds itself as the only nomination in the Outstanding TV Movie or Mini Series category.

It is heartening to see an episode of Disney Channel kids show Good Luck Charlie nominated for Outstanding Episode. “Down a Tree” garnered a lot of praise when it aired in January 2014. Young Charlie invites a friend over, and the friend happens to have two moms. Handled with tact, sensitivity and humour, Good Luck Charlie sent a very real message of acceptance and tolerance to its young and impressionable audience.

Read on for the nominations, the full list of which can be found on the GLAAD website. The GLAAD Awards will be held in LA on March 21st and New York on May 9th.

The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company)
Love is Strange (Sony Pictures Classics)
Pride(CBS Films)
The Skeleton Twins (Roadside Attractions)
Tammy (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
Faking It (NBC)
Glee (Fox)
Looking (HBO)
Modern Family (ABC)
Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
Please Like Me (Pivot)
Sirens (USA Network)
Transparent (Amazon Instant Video)
Vicious (PBS)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (in a series without a regular LGBT character)
“Deep Breath” Doctor Who (BBC America)
“Down a Tree” Good Luck Charlie (Disney Channel)
“Identity Crisis” Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime)
“Let’s Have a Baby” Playing House (USA Network)
“No Lack of Void” Elementary (CBS)

The Normal Heart (HBO)

Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Xtra Mile Recordings)
Angel Haze, Dirty Gold (Island Records, Republic Records)
Mary Gauthier, Trouble & Love (In the Black Records)
Mary Lambert, Heart on My Sleeve (Capitol Records)
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour (Decca/Polydor)

“Issues Facing the Transgender Community” Katie (Syndicated)
“Laverne Cox discusses ‘The T Word’” The View (ABC)
“Michael Sam” Oprah Prime (OWN)
“Pepe Julian Onziema” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
“Robin Roberts” The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syndicated)

“Do Ask, Do Tell” by S.L. Price (Sports Illustrated)
“Inside the Iron Closet: What It’s Like to Be Gay in Putin’s Russia” by Jeff Sharlet (GQ)
“Sex Without Fear” by Tim Murphy (New York)
“The Forsaken” by Alex Morris (Rolling Stone)
“The Transgender Tipping Point” by Katy Steinmetz (Time)

Hawkeye by Matt Fraction (Marvel Comics)
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis (BOOM! Studios)
Memetic by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios)
Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe (Image Comics)
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan (Image Comics)