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GLAAD’s Media Award Nominees Include Everything From ‘Carol’ To ‘NCIS’

This morning, GLAAD announced the nominations for its 2016 Media Awards, which are bestowed annually to films, TV shows, music, and journalism that provide “fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.” Some of the nominations could’ve been seen from a mile away: Carol, The Danish Girl, Freeheld, Dope, and Grandma, all of which boast one or two LGBTQ central characters, are nominated for Outstanding Film — Wide Release; Grace and Frankie, Orange Is the New Black, and Transparent are among the Outstanding Comedy Series noms; and Sense8, The Fosters, and Orphan Black are nominated for Best Drama Series.

But there are some surprises here, as well. The Outstanding Film — Limited Release category includes small, transgender-actress-starring indies like Sean Baker’s Tangerine and Eric Schaeffer’s Boy Meets Girl, both of which were critically lauded, but otherwise ignored by the big awards ceremonies. NCIS: New Orleans is nominated for an episode entitled “Rock-a-Bye-Baby,” which a Christian Post recap informs me follows a gay navy commander whose daughter is kidnapped by a Chinese government spy? Also, Normal NCIS, sans extra city qualifier, is nominated for “We Build, We Fight,” which the NCIS wiki explains is about another gay navy lieutenant, but this time, one who gets murdered. Very much looking forward to NCIS: Gay Navy Commander. 

The full list of nominees, via Vulture, is below:

Outstanding Film — Wide Release
Carol
The Danish Girl
Dope
Freeheld
Grandma

Outstanding Film — Limited Release
52 Tuesdays
Appropriate Behavior
Boy Meets Girl
Drunktown’s Finest
Tangerine

Outstanding Comedy Series
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Faking It
Grace and Frankie
Looking
Master of None
Modern Family
Orange Is the New Black
Please Like Me
Transparent
Vicious

Outstanding Drama Series
Arrow
Black Sails
Empire
The Fosters
Grey’s Anatomy
How to Get Away with Murder
Nashville
Orphan Black
Sense8
Shameless

Outstanding Individual Episode (in a Series Without an LGBT Character)
“Gender,” The Carmichael Show
“Please Don’t Ask, Please Don’t Tell,” Black-ish
“The Prince of Nucleotides,” Royal Pains
“Rock-a-Bye-Baby,” NCIS: New Orleans
“We Build, We Fight,” NCIS

Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series
Banana
Bessie
Cucumber

Outstanding Documentary
Kumu Hina
Limited Partnership
Mala Mala
Tab Hunter Confidential
Tig

Outstanding Reality Program
I Am Cait
I Am Jazz
New Girls on the Block
The Prancing Elites
Transcendent

Outstanding Daily Drama
The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Music Artist
Brandi Carlile
Miley Cyrus
Adam Lambert
Le1f
Troye Sivan

Outstanding Comic Book
Angela: Queen of Hel
Harley Quinn
Lumberjanes
Midnighter
The Wicked + The Divine

Outstanding Talk-Show Episode
“Alison Bechdel,” Late Night with Seth Meyers
“Aydian Dowling,” The Ellen DeGeneres Show
“Janet Mock,” Super Soul Sunday
“Jazz Jennings,” The Meredith Vieira Show
“Transgender Rights,” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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