queer cinema


You may have thought the Oscars was the end of award season, but for the LGBT community we still have one big event—The GLAAD Media Awards. These recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. With thirty different categories GLAAD awards many forms of media from Outstanding Music Artist to Digital Journalism, but as always, Hollywood takes center stage.

Unlike other cinema awards, GLAAD breaks up their Outstanding Film categories into two parts: Wide Releases for the major studio movies and Limited Release for smaller independent films. Here are this year’s nominees.



Carol (The Weinstein Company) Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara. Set in 1950s New York, two women from different worlds unexpectedly fall in love and must deal with the consequences.

The Danish Girl (Focus Features) Eddie Redmayne. Set in 1926 Copenhagen, and inspired by the real life of Danish artists Gerda Wegener and her husband Einar. Einar is transitioning to Elbe and eventually has one of the first male-to-female sex change surgeries.

Dope (Open Road Films) A coming of age story of Malcom and his band of geek friends having to navigate life in rough urban LA. While Malcom is straight, his friend Diggy is an out lesbian refreshingly played by Kiersey Clemons.

Freeheld (Lionsgate) Julianne Moore & Ellen Page. Based on a true story, police lieutenant, Laure is diagnosed with terminal cancer. She and her partner Stacie fight the system to ensure they can keep Laure’s pension as any straight married couple would.

Grandma (Sony Pictures Classics) Lily Tomlin & Julia Garner. Tomlin is Elle a recently single lesbian grandmother whose estranged granddaughter suddenly shows up needing $630 for an abortion in this heartfelt comedy.


OUTSTANDING FILM – Limited Release

52 Tuesdays (Kino Lorber) Filmed over one year, once a week, only on Tuesdays, this powerful Australian film follows 16-year-old Billie’s relationship with her mother who reveals she is transitioning to male.

Appropriate Behavior (Gravitas Ventures) A deep look at the relationships and family dynamics of a bisexual Persian-American woman trying to come out to her family while deciphering why her relationship with her ex-girlfriend imploded.

Boy Meets Girl (Wolfe Video) This romantic coming of age comedy is about three twenty year-olds living in Kentucky—Robby and his longtime best friend Ricky (a confidant transgender girl), and the beautiful debutante Francesca, who is waiting for her Marine fiancé to return from the war. This moving film takes a new look at gender and sexuality.

Drunktown’s Finest (Nehst Studios) Three Native American teenagers; a rebellious father-to-be, a devout Christian girl, and a promiscuous transsexual, strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.

Tangerine (Magnolia Pictures) Shot on an iPhone5s, this critically acclaimed film centers on trans sex workers Sin-Dee and Alexandra on a mission to investigate the rumored infidelity of Sin-Dee’s pimp boyfriend. Their trek leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity.


The GLAAD Media Awards will be given out on April 2nd in Los Angeles and May 14th in New York City. For more information on GLAAD and their Media Awards go to glaad.org.


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