GLAAD, the US gay, bi and trans anti-defamation organization, has shortlisted gay rapper Frank Ocean and hit film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for their 24th annual awards.
The 24th GLAAD Media Awards ‘recognize and honor’ media who have shown the LGBT community in a positive way.
Among the nominees are movies The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a coming-of-age story which explores sexuality; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, featuring Tom Wilkinson as a retired, gay high court judge; and science fiction drama Cloud Atlas, starring Ben Whishaw and James D’Arcy.
In the TV categories, hit shows The New Normal, Smash, Glee and Modern Family all make a showing.
African-American rapper Frank Ocean, who came out as gay in 2012, is nominated as Outstanding Music Artist for his Channel Orange album. He’s up against Adam Lambert and the Scissor Sisters, among others.
An interview with gay Bishop Gene Robinson on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; Oprah’s hour-long visit with Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka; and CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 are also nominated.
Spanish-language nominees include Titulares Telemundo for their interview with openly gay boxer Orlando Cruz, news programs Primer Impacto and Encuentro, and People en Español.
‘Images and stories from the LGBT community continue to push support for equality to historic levels,’ said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. ‘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.
‘Now more than ever, viewers not only accept gay and transgender characters and plot lines, they expect them – just as they both accept and expect LGBT people to be a valuable part of their everyday lives.’
The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York on 16 March 1 at the New York Marriott Marquis; in Los Angeles on 20 April at the JW Marriott; and in San Francisco on 11 May at the Hilton San Francisco, Union Square.
Special honorees for each city will be announced in coming weeks.
GLAAD’s list includes 120 nominees in 25 English-language categories, and 33 Spanish-language nominees in eight categories. The complete list can be found here.