GLAAD announced the nominees for the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards today, putting a spotlight on an amazing year for LGBT stories in the media.
Vying for Outstanding Film: Wide Release is The Perks of Being a Wallflower, starring out actor Ezra Miller with Logan Lerman and Emma Watson. A film about youth, Perks is nominated alongside The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a film about an older gay man played by Tom Wilkinson, with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Other nominees include the ambitious sci-fi epic Cloud Atlas, co-directed by Lana Wachowski who is openly transgender, My Sister’s Sister, and the PG-rated animated film, ParaNorman.
Outstanding Film: Limited Release contenders include the Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt film Any Day Now, Keep the Lights On, Mosquita y Mari, Musical Chairs, and North Sea Texas.
Among the television nominees, The New Normal, starring out actor Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha, is nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series along with another first-time nominee, NBC's Go On, and returning nominees, Glee, Modern Family and Happy Endings.
The nominees for Outstanding Drama Series are TeenNick's Degrassi, Grey’s Anatomy, The L.A. Complex, Smash, and True Blood.
In the music world, Frank Ocean is nominated alongside Gossip, Scissor Sisters, Rufus Wainwright, and Adam Lambert. Lambert had the first number one album on the Billboard 200 by an out LGBT person. And after writing a blog post about his love for a man, Ocean reached number one on Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop chart.
Other nominees include American Horror Story: Asylum, The Amazing Race, How to Survive a Plague, Days of Our Lives, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic book series, and Bring it On: The Musical.
Among the journalism nominees, Good Morning America has been nominated for Outstanding TV Journalism Segment for the Robin Roberts interview with President Barack Obama in which he speaks out in support of marriage equality. Other journalism nominees include Melissa Harris-Perry, CNN Newsroom, Sports Illustrated, Seventeen, USA Today, and Ebony.com.
"Images and stories from the LGBT community continue to push support for equality to historic levels," said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. "This year's nominees enlighten and entertain, but also reflect a new American landscape where a growing majority accept and value their LGBT family, colleagues and friends. Now more than ever, viewers not only accept gay and transgender characters and plot lines, they expect them - just as they both accept and expect LGBT people to be a valuable part of their everyday lives."
The GLAAD Media Awards will be held in three locations: March 16 in New York, April 20 in Los Angeles, and May 11 in San Francisco. The 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Ketel One Vodka and Wells Fargo.
For more information on the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, including sponsorship, donation and volunteer opportunities, visit the GLAAD Media Awards home page.