Netflix topped the list of media award nominations revealed Thursday by the LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD with 26, including “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” for impressive movie; “Disclosure” for exceptional documentary; and “The Umbrella Academy” for exceptional drama series.
HBO Max followed with nine nominations, and Amazon, Hulu and HBO each got four. The Hallmark Channel received its very first nomination for “The Christmas House,” the network’s first vacation film featuring a gay protagonist.
GLAAD has actually honored filmmakers, artists, journalists and other media creators for 3 years for reasonable, precise and inclusive representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals on screen. Its newest list consists of 198 candidates across 28 categories, consisting of exceptional comedy series, impressive video game and exceptional TELEVISION journalism segment.
” Throughout an unprecedented year of crises and isolation, the nominees for the 32 nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards reached LGBTQ people with powerful stories and inspired countless others worldwide with bold looks at LGBTQ individuals and problems,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a declaration. “As GLAAD continues to lead the fight for LGBTQ acceptance, this year’s candidates advise us that even in times of political and cultural division, diverse LGBTQ representation and visibility can enlighten, amuse, and produce long lasting change.”
NBC News got three nominations: “Black Trans Activists on Being the ‘Blueprint for the Battle for Black Liberty'” for exceptional TELEVISION journalism section; “Pride and Protest: Being Black and Queer in America in 2020” for impressive TV journalism, long type; and “Trans, Locked Up– and Trapped” for exceptional online journalism post.
In its “Where We Are on TV” report, released this month, GLAAD found that queer visibility declined by 33 percent on cable, 13 percent on streaming services and a little over 1 percent on network tv in the current TV season. The company associates the decreases to production stops due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Chris Rudolph, an editor and a manufacturer for Logo design, ViacomCBS’ LGBTQ lifestyle and entertainment channel, said that even with the decline, the queer community appears to have a selection of viewing choices.
” Regardless of the reported dip in representation, this broadened list of nominations shows us there’s an outstanding range of quality content across categories, networks and platforms for LGBTQ audiences to connect with,” Rudolph informed NBC News. “I remember when queer content wasn’t so abundant and when we didn’t see these shows or characters on mainstream tv. Now, even as a queer person in media, I have not even seen all of these titles. The decline in visibility is evidence there’s still work to be done, however the varied list of candidates likewise shows us how far we have actually come.”
For the first time, GLAAD’s report on TELEVISION representation found that LGBTQ individuals of color outnumbered their white equivalents. And numerous of this year’s GLAAD award candidates are titles created by and/or star LGBTQ people of color, including Lena Waithe’s BET series “Twenties”; Hulu’s “Love, Victor”; and Fox’s “9-1-1: Lone Star,” which made history for casting the very first out Black trans man, Brian Michael Smith, in a regular series function on network tv.
” It’s amazing and powerful to see a Black trans star in the lead on Fox,” Rudolph said of Smith. “Individuals throughout America get to see him on their screens, and that presence is crucial for the trans neighborhood. I like that they are being acknowledged for that.”
Award winners will be announced during a virtual event set up for April. The full list of candidates can be found on GLAAD’s website.
Follow NBC Out on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram