(Updates with more nominees)
NEW YORK Jan 16 Television shows "The New
Normal" and "Smash," animated film "ParaNorman," and "American
Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert were among nominees on Wednesday
for the GLAAD Media Awards.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which
monitors media depiction of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and
transgender people, announced more than 150 nominees for its
24th annual awards in categories ranging from film and theater
to journalism and music.
"ParaNorman," an Oscar nominee for best animated feature,
was nominated by GLAAD for outstanding film in wide release,
along with "Cloud Atlas," which features several heroic gay
characters, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," "The Best Exotic
Marigold Hotel" and "Your Sister's Sister."
The first PG-rated animated film to be nominated by GLAAD,
"ParaNorman" tells the story of a New England boy who can
seemingly speak with the dead, and is bullied and ostracized
because of his ability.
Best documentary Oscar nominee "How to Survive a Plague,"
about 1980s AIDS activists, was cited by GLAAD in its
documentary category, along with "Vito," which looks at the life
of film historian and gay activist Vito Russo, who was one of
GLAAD's founding members.
Nominated television dramas also included "Grey's Anatomy,"
"True Blood," "Degrassi" and "The L.A. Complex."
Musicians included Frank Ocean, Rufus Wainwright and
Lambert, as well as groups Gossip and Scissor Sisters.
Wainwright and Lambert are openly gay, while Ocean made
headlines last year as one of the first hip-hop singers to come
Besides "The New Normal," about two gay men adopting a baby,
the comedy series nominees included "Glee," "Go On," "Happy
Endings" and "Modern Family."
"This year's nominees enlighten and entertain, but also
reflect a new American landscape where a growing majority accept
and value their LGBT family, colleagues and friends," said GLAAD
president Herndon Graddick in a statement.
"Now, more than ever," Graddick added, "viewers not only
accept gay and transgender plot lines, they expect them."
Newer categories will honor comic books, blogs and
multimedia digital journalism.
The Boston Globe and the Baltimore Sun were among nominees
for overall newspaper coverage, while The New Yorker and People
were included as magazine nominees.
Nationally known journalists including Frank Bruni of The
New York Times and Andrew Sullivan, who was nominated for an
article on President Barack Obama that ran in Newsweek, were
also included, as were 33 Spanish-language nominees in eight
The awards will be presented at a series of galas in New
York, Los Angeles and San Francisco from March through May.
GLAAD was founded more than 25 years ago to foster positive
images of the lives of gay people in the wake of sensational and
often inaccurate media reporting on AIDS and other topics.
(Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Jill Serjeant, Philip
Barbara and Vicki Allen)