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GLAAD announces Media Award nominees

Carol: Rooney Mara & Cate Blanchett

Carol: Rooney Mara & Cate Blanchett

GLAAD has announced its nominees for the organization’s 27th Media Awards, and if you’ve been paying even remote attention to LGBT news this year, there should be few surprises.

Carol and The Danish Girl have both been nominated for Outstanding Film – Wide Release, the wonderful Tangerine and Appropriate Behavior have both picked up nominations in the limited release category, while on TV, TransparentOrange Is the New BlackLooking, and Modern Family are up for best comedy, and EmpireThe Fosters, and How to Get Away with Murder are in the running for best drama.

Tangerine

Tangerine

Caitlyn Jenner has, unsurprisingly, earned a nod for her reality series I Am Cait, but so has TLC’s I Am Jazz, about trans teen Jazz Jennings. Jenner’s influence spread beyond her own show, though, with her landmark interview with Diane Sawyer on 20/20 landing ABC a nod for Outstanding TV Journalism, while Variety picked up an award for Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage — no doubt bolstered by Jenner’s unveiling on their cover.

Same-sex marriage and the SCOTUS ruling were big factors, earning nods for MSNBC and CNN, with MSNBC’s devotion to covering LGBT topics earning it the most nominations of any TV news outlet. Transgender issues, too, are far more prevalent than in years past, with talk shows in particular leading the way in coverage — four of the five nominated episodes for Outstanding Talk Show Episode were devoted to trans rights or interviews with trans people, including Janet Mock and Aydian Downling.

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on April 2, 2016 at The Beverly Hilton, and in New York on May 14 at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Special Honorees for each city will be announced in coming weeks.

A partial list of nominees is below, the full list — including Spanish language nominees — can be found here.

OUTSTANDING FILM – WIDE RELEASE

Carol (The Weinstein Company)

The Danish Girl (Focus Features)

Dope (Open Road Films)

Freeheld (Lionsgate)

Grandma (Sony Pictures Classics)

OUTSTANDING FILM – LIMITED RELEASE

52 Tuesdays (Kino Lorber)

Appropriate Behavior (Gravitas Ventures)

Boy Meets Girl (Wolfe Video)

Drunktown’s Finest (Nehst Studios)

Tangerine (Magnolia Pictures)

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

Arrow (The CW)

Black Sails (Starz)

Empire (FOX)

The Fosters (ABC Family)

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)

Nashville (ABC)

Orphan Black (BBC America)

Sense8 (Netflix)

Shameless (Showtime)

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)

Faking It (MTV)

Grace and Frankie (Netflix)

Looking (HBO)

Master of None (Netflix)

Modern Family (ABC)

Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)

Please Like Me (Pivot)

Transparent (Amazon Instant Video)

Vicious (PBS)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE

(in a series without a regular LGBT character)

“Gender” The Carmichael Show (NBC)

“Please Don’t Ask, Please Don’t Tell” Black-ish (ABC)

“The Prince of Nucleotides” Royal Pains (USA Network)

“Rock-a-Bye-Baby” NCIS New Orleans (CBS)

“We Build, We Fight” NCIS (CBS)

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES

Banana (Logo)

Bessie (HBO)

Cucumber (Logo)

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY

Kumu Hina (PBS)

Limited Partnership (PBS)

Mala Mala (Strand Releasing)

Tab Hunter Confidential (The Film Collaborative)

Tig (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM

I Am Cait (E!)

I Am Jazz (TLC)

New Girls on the Block (Discovery Life)

The Prancing Elites Project (Oxygen)

Transcendent (Fuse)

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE

“Alison Bechdel” Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC)

“Aydian Dowling” The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)

“Janet Mock” Super Soul Sunday (OWN)

“Jazz Jennings” The Meredith Vieira Show (syndicated)

“Transgender Rights” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

(HBO)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE

“Bruce Jenner: The Interview” 20/20 (ABC)

“The Courage Game” SportsCenter (ESPN)

“Dividing The United Methodist Church” To The Contrary

(PBS)

“Showdown in Indiana: The Battle Over Religious Rights”

CNN Special Report (CNN)

True Life: I’m Genderqueer (MTV)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT

“Interview with Jim Obergefell” Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)

“Mary Bonauto on Her SCOTUS Victory” The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)

“Nicholas Coppola: Gay & Catholic” America Tonight (Al Jazeera America)

“Pushing for Equality for Transgender People” Melissa Harris-Perry (MSNBC)

“Toddler Plays Role in Marriage Equality Case” MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts (MSNBC)

Rhuaridh Marr is Metro Weekly's managing editor. He can be reached at rmarr@metroweekly.com.

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