The media watchdog GLAAD honors those who convey fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community. The 28 annual edition of its awards take place on both coasts with the Los Angeles kudos being handed out on April 1 at the Beverly Hilton in a ceremony presided over by Cameron Esposito. The Gotham prizesfest takes place on May 6 at the New York Hilton Midtown.
Nominees were drawn from film, tv, music and literature released in 2016. In revealing the roster, GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said, “At a time when progress is at a critical juncture, it is imperative that Hollywood tell more LGBTQ stories that reflect the community’s rich diversity and build understanding that brings all communities closer together. This year’s nominees have created images and storylines that challenge misconceptions and broaden understanding, accelerating acceptance and equality for LGBTQ people across the globe.”
Nominees were determined using four criteria:
Fair, accurate and inclusive representations;
Boldness and originality;
The Oscar Best Picture champ “Moonlight” is favored to win the Wide Release Film award over “Star Trek Beyond.” It also prevailed at the Independent Spirit Awards, where two of the Limited Release Film nominees — “Other People” and “Spa Night” — were in contention. Likewise, it was a winner at the Golden Globes where three of the TV series in the running — “Black-ish,” ” London Spy” and “Transparent” — were also recognized.