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Bizarre GLAAD nominations aren't very gay

January 25, 2008 |  4:22 pm

Unlike last year, when five hit movies, including Oscar contender "Little Miss Sunshine," competed for recognition from gay and lesbian media watchdog GLAAD, only three wide releases are in the running this year at their 19th annual awardsfest. And none of these nominees — "Across the Universe," "The Jane Austen Book Club," or "Stardust" — is a major awards contender otherwise.

One great film with a gay subtext got overlooked by other awards this derby season and deserved to be noted here, but wasn't: "The Kite Runner," which contains a controversial boy-rape scene. Why did GLAAD wimp out?


While major movies might not be featuring many gay storylines, television series, both comedy and drama, have proved more inclusive. For the second year running, ABC leads the way with nine nominations, including repeat nods for sophomore series "Brothers & Sisters" and "Ugly Betty" which both won last year, and a nom for newcomer "Dirty Sexy Money."

For the full list of nominees in the forty categories - CLICK HERE. With so many kudos to hand out, GLAAD holds ceremonies in New York, South Florida, LA, and San Francisco in March, April, and May.