This morning, Pose’s MJ Rodriguez and Superstore’s Nico Santos announced the nominees for the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, reminding us all that 2018 was a very good, ridiculously awesome, queer year.
Reporting live from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, the two entertainers announced 151 nominees for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues across 27 categories including television, film, music, journalism, comics, and for the first time ever, video games.
Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Boy Erased, Love, Simon, and Crazy Rich Asians earned nominations in the film categories. Grey’s Anatomy, Fresh Off the Boat, Pose, and Schitt’s Creek were recognized for their inclusive characters and narratives on TV. And Janelle Monáe, Brandi Carlile, Troye Sivan, and Hayley Kiyoko’s artistry were acknowledged alongside a CNBC story that sparked companies to speak out against the proposed rollback of marriage equality in Bermuda.
“The images and stories recognized by the GLAAD Media Awards over the past 30 years raised the bar for LGBTQ inclusion in the media industry and changed the hearts and minds of countless audience members around the world,” said GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement. “This year’s nominees [are] changing the game by showcasing diverse races, genders, religions, ages, geographies, and genres in ways that challenge misconceptions and inspire LGBTQ acceptance.”
One film deemed ineligible for a GLAAD Award this year is the Freddie Mercury/Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Reps from GLAAD released a statement Thursday, stating, “In light of the latest allegations against director Bryan Singer, GLAAD has made the difficult decision to remove Bohemian Rhapsody from contention for a GLAAD Media Award in the Outstanding Film – Wide Release category this year.”
GLAAD also announced Special Recognition Awards for Nanette, a Netflix special starring queer comedian Hannah Gadsby; TransMilitary, a documentary which premiered on Logo and spotlighted the lives of transgender service members; and House of Mamis, a Spanish-language docuseries about a LGBTQ voguing community in Mexico City which ran on Grindr’s now-shuttered LGBTQ site, Into. Logo also earned nods for the documentaries Quiet Heroes and When the Beat Drops.
The 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees were published, released, or broadcast between January 1 and December 31, 2018. The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies, which fund GLAAD’s work to accelerate LGBTQ acceptance, will be held in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 28, at The Beverly Hilton, and in New York on Saturday, May 4, at the Hilton Midtown.
For a full list of nominees, visit GLAAD’s website.