Judi Dench, quietly changing attitudes to LGBT people in "Philomena"
The second half of GLAAD's Media Award winners were announced Saturday night in New York (the first half came a few weeks ago in Los Angeles -- here's the full list of those winners). George Takei accepted the already announced Vito Russo Award (we'll have video from that lively speech tomorrow morning), while in the competitive categories, "Concussion" was named best limited release film (beating an unexciting group of other nominees) and "Orange is the New Black" best comedy series (deservedly enough over "Modern Family"). Expected enough. But there was a bit of surprise in the "wide release film" award, where "Philomena" won over "Dallas Buyers Club," "Blue Is The Warmest Color" and "Kill Your Darlings." True that weirdly none of those films were wide releases, but at least they had, you know, a primary LGBT character -- even if "Philomena" was still heartwarmingly pro-LGBT in its related plot twist.
Either way, the awards were general a sad reminder of how few options the folks at GLAAD almost always have to choose from for their nominees in the first place ("The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" was nominated for best film, after all). To GLAAD having more to choose from next year...
Full list of winners:
- Vito Russo Award: George Takei
- Outstanding Film - Limited Release: Concussion (RADiUS-The Weinstein Company)
- Outstanding Comedy Series: Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
- Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character): "Snow Angels" Elementary (CBS)
- Outstanding Film – Wide Release: Philomena (The Weinstein Company)
- Outstanding Talk Show Episode: "First Openly Gay NBA Player Jason Collins and his Family" Oprah's Next Chapter (OWN)
- Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: "Transgender at 11: Listening to Jazz" 20/20 (ABC)
- Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: "Gay Rights at Work" MSNBC Live (MSNBC)
- Outstanding Magazine Article: "The Hidden War Against Gay Teens" by Alex Morris (Rolling Stone)
- Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: The New Yorker
- Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: "Sex, Lies and HIV: When What You Don’t Tell Your Partner is a Crime" by Sergio Hernandez (Buzzfeed.com / ProPublica.org)
- Outstanding Blog: The New Civil Rights Movement
- Outstanding Novela: Amores Verdaderos (Univision)
- Outstanding Daytime Talk Show Episode: "Una pareja gay celebrara el Día del Padre luego de luchar por sus derechos" Despierta América (Univision)
- Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: "Rompiendo Estereotipos" Aquí y Ahora (Univision)
- Outstanding Newspaper Article: "Desiguales por imperativo legal" by Jose Ángel Gonzalo García de León (Diario Las Américas)
- Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: "Richard Blanco: el poeta latino y gay que conquisto a Barack Obama" by Daniel Basteiro