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“Matthew Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine” Nominated For Daytime Emmy Award

The heartwrenching doc was directed by Shepard's friend Michele Josue.

The nominees for the 43rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards have been announced, and the Logo documentary Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine has been nominated in the “Outstanding Special Class Special” category.

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Directed by Michele Josue, a friend of Matthew’s, the documentary aired on Logo in July and recounted the life and death of the 21-year-old college student, who was brutally murdered in 1995.

Shepard’s death sparked a national conversation and raised awareness about anti-gay hate crimes around the world. The tireless advocacy of his parents, Dennis and Judy Shepard, led to the passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in 2009.

It added gender identity, sexual orientation and disability to the list of criteria for federal hate-crime statutes.


Another LGBT-focused work, EastSiders, was nominated for “Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series” and “Outstanding Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series,” for lead actor Van Hansis.


The show, which follows two LGBT couples living in Los Angeles, stars Mad Men’s Kit Williamson and former As the World Turns actor Van Hansis. (EastSiders’ first season also debuted on Logo.)

The Cooking Channel’s My Grandmother’s Ravioli, starring out humorist Mo Rocca, received a nomination for Outstanding Culinary Program.

And while Ellen DeGeneres took herself out of the running for Outstanding Talk Show Host some years back, the Ellen DeGeneres Show scored ten more nominations this year.

In all, DeGeneres and the show have nabbed 38 Emmys since its debut in 2003.

Check out the major nominees below, and click here for the full list. The 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held May 1.

Outstanding Morning Program
CBS Sunday Morning
CBS This Morning
Good Morning America
Today Show

Outstanding Talk Show/Informative
The Chew
Dr. Oz
Larry King Now
The Doctors
The Kitchen

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host
The Chew co-hosts
Dr. Mehmet Oz, The Dr. Oz Show
Larry King, Larry King Now
Peter Salgo, Second Opinion
Steve Harvey, Steve Harvey

Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
The Wendy Williams Show
The Talk
The Real
The View

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, Live! with Kelly and Michael
The Talk co-hosts
Wendy Williams, The Wendy Williams Show
The Real co-hosts
The View co-hosts

Outstanding Game Show
Let’s Make a Deal
Monopoly Millionaire’s Club
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
The Price Is Right

Outstanding Game Show Host
Craig Ferguson, Celebrity Name Game
Steve Harvey, Family Feud
Brook Burns, The Chase
Billy Gardell, Monopoly Millionaires’ Club
Wayne Brady, Let’s Make a Deal

Oustanding Legal Program
Divorce Court
Hot Bench
Judge Judy
Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court
The People’s Court

Outstanding Culinary Program
America’s Test Kitchen
Cook’s Country
Giada in Italy
Mexico One Plate at a Time
Pati’s Mexican Table
Patricia Heaton Parties
The Mind of a Chef (PBS)
My Grandmother’s Ravioli (Cooking Channel)

Outstanding Drama Series
The Bold and the Beautiful
Days of Our Lives
General Hospital
The Young and the Restless

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Tracey E. Bregman, The Young and the Restless
Kassie Depaiva, Days of Our Lives
Mary Beth Evans, Days of Our Lives
Finola Hughes, General Hospital
Maura West, General Hospital

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Tyler Christopher, General Hospital
Anthony Geary, General Hospital
Justin Hartley, The Young and the Restless
Christian LeBlanc, The Young and the Restless
Kristoff St. John, The Young and the Restless

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
LauraLee Bell, The Young and the Restless
Jessica Collins, The Young and the Restless
Linsey Godfrey, The Bold and the Beautiful
Peggy McCay, Days of Our Lives
Melissa Reeves, Days of Our Lives

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Sean Blackmore, General Hospital
Steve Burton, The Young and the Restless
Bryton James, The Young and the Restless
Jacob Young, The Bold and the Beautiful
Dominic Zamprogna, General Hospital

Younger Actress in a Drama Series
Reign Edwards, The Bold and the Beautiful
Hunter King, The Young and the Restless
True O’Brien, Days of Our Lives
Ashlyn Pearce, The Bold and the Beautiful
Brooklyn Rae Silzer, General Hospital

Younger Actor in a Drama Series
Nicolas Becthel, General Hospital
Bryan Craig, General Hospital
Max Ehrich, The Young and the Restless
Pierson Fode, The Bold and the Beautiful
Tequan Richmond, General Hospital

Outstanding Digital Drama Series
The Bay The Series
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