GLAAD Award Nods Acknowledge Both the Surreal and Real
Nelsan Ellis (True Blood), Ken Marino (Reaper) and Sean Penn (Milk)
Nominations for the 20th annual GLAAD Media Awards were announced on Tuesday, and Gus Van Sant's Milk — which chronicles the life of gay-rights crusader Harvey Milk (played by Sean Penn) — will vie for Outstanding Film honors. Joining the Oscar-nommed biopic in that race are Brideshead Revisited, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, RocknRolla and Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Among the TV contenders, ABC leads the pack with six total nods, though Grey's Anatomy and its revolving door of gay/bi-curious femmes is nowhere to be seen. Instead, the Outstanding Drama race pits Brothers & Sisters against The L Word, South of Nowhere, Torchwood and newcomer True Blood.
On the comedic front, TV's Desperate Housewives will compete with Greek, Reaper (on which Michael Ian Black and Ken Marino played demon partners), Skins and Ugly Betty.
In the Outstanding Individual Episode category, Supernatural's "Ghostfacer" is facing off against Life on Mars ("My Maharishi is Bigger than Your Maharishi"), Ghost Whisperer ("Slam"), ER ("Tandem Repeats") and The New Adventures of Old Christine ("Unidentified Funk").
All My Children and As the World Turns scored the only soap nods, while America's Next Top Model and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List are among the reality-TV nominees.
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives. This year's GLAAD Media Awards will be held March 28 (in New York City), April 18 (Los Angeles) and May 9 (San Francisco). A full list of nominations can be found here.