GLAAD honored Kerry Washington, Roland Emmerich, and the best in film and television at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Shonda Rhimes, Patricia Arquette, and Viola Davis were among the special guests.
The 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Delta Air Lines, Hilton, Ketel One Vodka, and Wells Fargo; and Official Presenting Partners Amazon and Bud Light.
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD’s work to amplify stories from the LGBT community and issues that build support for acceptance.
At the ceremony, Ellen DeGeneres presented Kerry Washington with GLAAD’s Vanguard Award, which is presented to media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Zoe Saldana presented the award for Outstanding Film – Wide Release to The Imitation Game. Academy Award-winning screenwriter Graham Moore and producer Ido Ostrowsky accepted the award on behalf of the film, and producer Harvey Weinstein recorded a video acceptance urging attendees in the ballroom to sign a Change.org petition calling on the British government to pardon the other 49,000 people convicted under the same unjust law as Alan Turing.
Laura Jane Grace, front woman for the punk band Against Me! and this year’s GLAAD Media Award recipient for Outstanding Music Artist, co-presented with Andrew Rannells the award for Outstanding Comedy Series to Amazon’s Transparent. Accepting for Transparent were show creator Jill Soloway, co-producer Rhys Ernst, and stars Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Alexandra Billings, Kiersey Clemons, Michaela Watkins, Alison Sudol, Clementine Creevy, and Brett Parasol.
Murray Bartlett and Daniel Franzese from HBO’s Looking presented the award for Outstanding Drama Series to ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. Show creator Peter Nowalk, executive producer Shonda Rhimes, and cast members Viola Davis, Jack Falahee, Matt McGorry, and Aja Naomi King accepted on behalf of the show.
On Saturday night, FOX’s Glee also received a Special Recognition Award, following the series finale. For six seasons, Glee has consistently introduced groundbreaking LGBT characters and storylines, including a recent episode that featured a 200-person transgender choir. Joe Earley, Chief Operating Officer at Fox Television Group, accepted the award on behalf of the show. GLAAD previously announced that it was acknowledging BioWare’s hit video game Dragon Age: Inquisition and the song “Era Diferente” by the legendary Mexican band Los Tigres del Norte with Special Recognition Awards.
Following is a complete list of GLAAD Media Award recipients announced Saturday in Los Angeles. Additional awards will be presented in New York at the Waldorf Astoria on May 9.
Vanguard Award: Kerry Washington (presented by Ellen DeGeneres)
Stephen F. Kolzak Award: Roland Emmerich (presented by Channing Tatum)
Outstanding Film – Wide Release: The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company) [accepted by: screenwriter Graham Moore and producer Ido Ostrowsky]
Outstanding Drama Series: How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) [accepted by: creator Peter Nowalk with stars Viola Davis, Jack Falahee, Matt McGorry, and Aja Naomi King]
Outstanding Comedy Series: Transparent (Amazon Instant Video) [accepted by: creator Jill Soloway, co-producer Rhys Ernst, and stars Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Alexandra Billings, Kiersey Clemons, Michaela Watkins, Alison Sudol, Clementine Creevy, and Brett Parasol]
Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character): “Identity Crisis” Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime)
Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series: The Normal Heart (HBO)
Outstanding Music Artist: Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Xtra Mile Recordings)
Outstanding Comic Book : Rat Queens, written by Kurtis J. Wiebe (Image Comics)
Outstanding Daily Drama: Days of Our Lives (NBC)
Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: “31 Days of PrEP” [series] (Advocate.com)
Outstanding Blog: Autostraddle (autostraddle.com)
Spanish Language Language Nominees
Outstanding Daytime Program Episode: “Cementerio homófobo” Caso Cerrado (Telemundo)
Outstanding Television Interview: TIE: “En cuerpo ajeno” Un Nuevo Día (Telemundo) and “Intolerancia familiar” Realidades en Contexto (CNN en Español)
Outstanding Documentary: “Identidad sin fronteras” Panorámica (Univision/Pivot)
Outstanding Local TV Journalism: “Cobertura de Spirit Day” [serie] Noticias 34 (KMEX-Univision 34 [Los Angeles])
In January, GLAAD announced 104 nominees in 21 English-language categories, and 40 Spanish-language nominees in 10 categories.