The GLAAD noms are in, and turns out Ugly Betty, Sarah Silverman and the like are portraying gay and lesbian issues in a positive way! But wait! How about Crowned? How To Look Good Naked, and the score of other Carson Kressley-themed tv shows? Carson is like the grandaddy of the GLAAD TV universe! [E! News]
The nominations are in for the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, and ABC appears to be leading the pack in presenting positive portrayals of gay and lesbian issues on TV, scoring nods for the hit comedy series, as well as Desperate Housewives and new shows Dirty Sexy Money and Greek.
Nominees for Outstanding Individual Episode included NBC’s My Name Is Earl for “The Gangs of Camden County,” Fox’s Boston Legal for “Do Tell” and CBS’ Cold Case for “Boy Crazy.”
Bravo, the NBC Universal-owned cable net that gave the world Queer Eye, picked up Outstanding Reality Program nods for its knockout hit Project Runway, as well as Workout and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. Also nominated in that field were Sci Fi’s Who Wants to Be a Superhero? and Fox’s Trading Spouses for its episode “Chase/Lane.”
On the movie side, Julie Taymor’s Beatles-inspired musical love story Across the Universe will face off against The Jane Austen Book Club and Stardust for the prize of Outstanding Film.
Gay-themed network Logo nailed three nods for Outstanding Documentary for Camp Out, Freddie Mercury: Magic Remixed and Small-Town Gay Bar. Those shows will vie with WE’s Cruel and Unusual: Transgender Women in Prison and First Run Features’ acclaimed exposé exploring the relationship between religion and homosexuality, For the Bible Tells Me So.
Among gabfests, The Oprah Winfrey Show is well represented in the Oustanding Talk Show category, garnering noms for three segments—”Born in the Wrong Body,” “Gays Around the World and “Growing Up Intersex,” while The Tyra Banks Show rounded out the race with the eps “Transgender Kids” and “Gay Athletes & Rappers: It’s Not In to Be Out.”
Competing for the daytime-drama trophy will be ABC’s All My Children and CBS’ perennial As The World Turns.
GLAAD will also pay tribute to two of the group’s favorite musical artists, Rufus Wainwright and Janet Jackson. They’re named special honorees along with late pioneering photographer Herb Ritts, Logo president Brian Graden, actor Wilson Cruz (My So-Called Life), The L Word writer-producer Ilene Chaiker and political activist, author and blogger David Mixner.
The 2008 kudocast will follow the same format as previous years, with a ceremony first at New York’s Marriott Marquis on Mar. 17, then bashes at South Florida’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Apr. 12, Los Angeles’ Kodak Theater on Apr. 26 and San Francisco’s Marriot on May 10.
Here’s a brief rundown of the some of the key nominees for the GLAAD Media Awards:
OUTSTANDING FILM, WIDE RELEASE
Across the Universe
The Jane Austen Book Club
OUTSTANDING FILM, LIMITED RELEASE
Itty Bitty Titty Committee
Nina’s Heavenly Delights
Whole New Thing
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
Degrassi: The Next Generation (The N)
Dirty Sexy Money (ABC)
Greek (ABC Family)
The L Word (Showtime)
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Desperate Housewives (ABC)
Exes and Ohs (Logo)
The Sarah Silverman Program (Comedy Central)
Ugly Betty (ABC)
The War at Home (Fox)