I’ve said many times on Gaelick how I love a good awards show, and none more so than the GLAAD Media Awards. It’s an awards show and it’s gay, I mean come on, someone pass me the popcorn. Over the last few years I have been stunned by the magnitude of the nominations. Gone are the days when the nomination panel must have had to thrall through all of the LGBT movie festivals to scrounge for possible winners. There are gays on TV now you know, and in movies and on talk shows, who knew? I for one am delighted. I attended many a film festival to watch 20 films and enjoy perhaps 2 of them, seriously.
So lets have a look at some of the main categories and who might be walking away with the awards. There are some mainstream, some independent films and some great documentaries, as well as some of the best TV shows around.
Three great films. J Edgar is an amazing film and packs a real punch. Beginners is just wonderful and Christopher Plumber puts in one of his best performances. I want to say Albert Nobbs will win because it is set in my home town of Dublin and Janet McTeer is phenomenal in it, however, I think the sentiment of Beginners just might bring it over the line. It’s a tough one to call.
I can’t remember ever seeing such a strong list of nominations in one year. However, if I was to pick the winner it would have to be Pariah. As much as Circumstance stayed with me for weeks and Tomboy was deeply moving, Pariah is just incredible and I’d recommend you take the oppertunity to see it when it comes your way. Having said that, Weekend has won lots of awards around the festivals and Gun Hill Road is provacative, so time will tell.
I can’t say who I think such walk away with this one having only seen Becoming Chaz, The World’s Worst Place to be Gay? and We Were Here. The other two are, however, top of my to-do-list. Becoming Chaz is a great movie which chronicles Chaz Bono’s life as he transitions, it was followed up on OWN by Being Chaz.
We have all read about Uganda’s kill the gays bill but what’s it like to actually call it home? The World’s Worst Place to be Gay? shows an openly gay reporter, who has never had to deal with homophobia in his own life, see for himself the devastation to every day people.
We Were Here is an intensely moving documentary which explores the AIDS crisis as it happened. It is deeply inspiring and again I would recommend you see it. Be warned though, it’s heartbreaking.
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family)
Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz)
So much lesbian goodness in the nominations this year, and yes, you read that right, TeenNick and ABC Family are among the networks with nominated shows. For me this category will go to Grey’s Anatomy simply because it had a lesbian wedding on prime time. To be fair however, Calzona aren’t centre stage on the show and I’d be inclined to hope Pretty Little Liars gets the nod, it’s overflowing with lesbo goodness. I have watched all these shows and any one of them could win.
Exes and Ohs (Logo)
Happy Endings (ABC)
The Big C (Showtime)
Although I really want Exes and Ohs to win this one I can’t see past Modern Family. It is the stand out among these five with Santana, Kurt and Blaine probably gaining a lot of favour for Glee. Happy Endings and The Big C just aren’t in it for me but I could have my tail between my legs when it’s announced.
“Zach Wahls” The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)
Chaz Bono” Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)
“Children & Teens Caught in the Wrong Bodies” Anderson (syndicated)
“Coming Out on the Oprah Show: 25 Years of Unforgettable Guests” The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)
“The Wedding of Scott Cronick & David Gorshein” Conan (TBS)
If you haven’t seen these shows then get yourself to YouTube this instant. Talk shows are such a powerful way to get stories into people’s living rooms and I would be amazed if, for that reason, anyone other than the queen herself, Oprah, was given this important award. Just look at the title and it says it all, Coming Out on the Oprah Show: 25 Years of Unforgettable Guests, say no more. When I was young I ran home from school everyday in the hopes Oprah was doing an LGBT related show as it was the only, and I mean only, place I ever heard it mentioned. Well done Oprah and thank you.
There are many other categories, individual episodes, blogs, music, comics as well as awards for journalism and even theatres. You can see all the nominees here, or the highlights on this video.
So who was left out and who deserves to walk away a winner? Let us know in the comments section below.
There will be the usual three annual award ceremonies. New York on March 24th, Los Angeles April 21st and finally San Fransisco on June 2nd. We gays sure now how to make a party last.