And the Winner Is
Our picks for the top prizes at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.
April 30, 2014
On May 3, the GLAAD Media Awards’ annual New York ceremony once again honors the year’s very best representations of queer life in film, television and other media. Every year the pool of nominees expands and improves as more and more depictions of gays show up in pop culture, and more LGBTQ people represent us. It’s never easy to choose a winner, but if we had to…
The Nominees: Blue Is the Warmest Color, Dallas Buyers Club, Kill Your Darlings, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Philomena
Our Winner: Kill Your Darlings, the story of celebrated Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg, highlighted how this young artist discovered his sexual orientation. How could a movie where Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) has gay sex not win? Also, why was The Mortal Instruments nominated? Was there a girl-on-girl kiss in it?
Outstanding Drama Series
The Nominees: The Fosters, Grey’s Anatomy, Orphan Black, Pretty Little Liars, Shameless
Our Winner: Orphan Black, hands down. This sci-fi thriller about a drifter who discovers she’s a clone is one of the best new TV shows in years, and the characters Cosima and Felix are fully realized human creations who are also proudly queer.
Outstanding TV Movie or Miniseries
The Nominees: Behind the Candelabra, In the Flesh
Our Winner: Even if there weren’t only two nominees in this category, how could anything beat watching Michael Douglas fully embody Liberace—and make out with Matt Damon?
Outstanding Comedy Series
The Nominees: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Glee, Modern Family, Orange Is the New Black, Please Like Me
Our Winner: Duh, Orange Is the New Black. This show had plenty of unabashed lady love to make it a serious contender, but it was the heartbreaking storyline of transgender inmate Sophia (Laverne Cox) that sealed the deal. Watching Sophia deal with the consequences of doing anything—including breaking the law—to finally inhabit the body she was meant to have was one of the season’s real emotional touchstones.
Outstanding Music Artist
The Nominees : Elton John, The Diving Board; Goldfrapp, Tales of Us; Lady Gaga, Artpop; Tegan and Sara, Heartthrob; Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City.
Our Winner: Lady Gaga for Artpop. This album may not have been perfect, but there are some really good tracks on it—“Do What You Want,” “Venus,” “G.U.Y.” And Lady Gaga is the pop star most consistently concerned with making sure her records are huge productions, and what could be gayer than that?
The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Waldorf-Astoria New York, 301 Park Ave (btwn 49th/50th Sts), May 3 at 5:30pm; $450–$1,000. Visit glaad.org/mediaawards for more info.