By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 13, 2010 at 5:03AM
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced the nominees for its 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards, which honor film, television, music, theater and journalism with "outstanding images of the LGBT community."
For film, Lee Daniels' "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire," Tom Ford's "A Single Man," and Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock" were among the nominees in the wide release category, while Toronto Film Festival favorite "The Topp Twins" joined Isaac Julien's "Derek" in the documentary category.
"Words and images matter," said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios in a statement. "With these awards, we seek to recognize news coverage and entertainment programming that go beyond stock stereotypes with LGBT storylines that more fully reflect the challenges gay and transgender people face and the aspirations we hold for ourselves and our families. The GLAAD Media Awards honor media professionals who are doing an exceptional job at bringing our stories into the living rooms of America - and set a 'fairness benchmark' for the news and entertainment industries. The awards also complement and fund GLAAD's other programmatic work to share the stories of allies, religious leaders, gay and transgender people of color, local couples and families with Americans."
GLAAD also announced that Cynthia Nixon will be honored with the Vito Russo Award at the New York ceremony. The Vito Russo Award is named after a founding member of GLAAD and is presented to "an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for our community." Additional Special Honorees for New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco will be announced at a later date.
"Cynthia Nixon has been a vocal and visible advocate who has transformed cultural attitudes about our community," Barrios said. "She is a perfect example of how sharing your personal story and speaking out for marriage equality can inspire change among fair-minded Americans. It is our privilege to honor her."
The nominations for the film categories are listed below. For a complete list of all nominees click here. The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York on March 13, 2010 at the Marriott Marquis; in Los Angeles on April 17 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza; and in San Francisco on June 5 at The Westin St. Francis.
Outstanding Film - Wide Release
I Love You, Man
Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
A Single Man
Outstanding Film - Limited Release
The Country Teacher
Phoebe in Wonderland
Be Like Others
The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls