News - March 1996

GLAAD announces nominees and winners of 1996 Media Awards

New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA -- February 5, 1996 -- The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is proud to announce the nominees and recipients of its 7th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, which will take place in bi-coastal ceremonies to be held in Los Angeles and New York. The 1996 Media Awards will be held on March 7, 1996 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York and on March 10, 1996 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

In the past, winners were announced in all categories prior to the Awards' ceremonies, but this year, for the first time, nominees only are being announced in the "Outstanding Studio Film" and "Outstanding Television Series" categories, with winners being announced at a later date.

The nominees for OUTSTANDING STUDIO FILM are:

BOYS ON THE SIDE This film dealt in a matter-of-fact manner with Whoopi Goldberg's sexual identity and how it contributed to create a multi-dimensional character.

CARRINGTON This film focuses on the unusual true-to-life relationship between painter Dora Carrington and gay writer Lytton Strachey, which lead the two into an ever-intricate web of sexual entanglements.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Director Jodie Foster put together an ensemble cast which prominently featured gay brother Tommy and deals with issues of his coming out in both comedic and dramatic terms.

TO WONG FOO, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAR Two drag queens and a "drag-queen-in-training" turn Middle America fabulously upside down in this film.


COURTHOUSE This CBS series broke new ground with and African-American lesbian judge shown in a loving relationship with her female life-partner and their daughter.

FRIENDS A recipient of last year's GLAAD Media Award for comedy series, this hit NBC sitcom continued the story line of Ross' ex-wife Carol who raises a child with her partner Susan.

NYPD BLUE In early 1995, the show introduced John, the gay receptionist, who later was a bias crime victim along with his cop boyfriend. This season also features the "coming out" of officer Adrienne Lesniak.

PARTY OF FIVE Violin teacher Ross (Mitchell Anderson) "came out" in the Fox award-winning show's first season and served as a role model to his young students. The show scored a television first this past year with the character being the first gay man on television to adopt a child.

SISTERS Nora Dunn of "Saturday Night Live" fame, continued her stint as Alex's lesbian friend who decides to have a child on her own.

Three special awards will be given. The VANGUARD AWARD will be presented to SID SHEINBERG, former president of MCA, who will be honored for his personal and professional leadership towards lesbian and gay equal rights. BARBARA WALTERS of ABC News and "20/20," will be given The EXCELLENCE IN MEDIA AWARD for her commitment to covering gay and lesbian issues, culminating with the interview of Olympic Gold-medalist Greg Louganis. The VITO RUSSO FILM AWARD will be given to "THE CELLULOID CLOSET," the film based on Mr. Russo's landmark book which examines images of lesbians and gay men throughout the history of film. M.A.C. COSMETICS will be honored with a SPECIAL AWARD for its affirmative advertisements using transgender images and supermodel RuPaul.

Founded in 1985, GLAAD works for fair, accurate and inclusive representation in all media as a means of challenging discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity. The Los Angeles and New York chapters of GLAAD recently merged to form a national organization. By challenging defamation and promoting understanding, GLAAD seeks to overcome the homophobia that is at the root of stereotyping, discrimination and violence against members of the lesbian and gay communities.

The GLAAD Media Awards were created in 1989 to celebrate the organization's successes and to congratulate those whose work exemplifies the tremendous improvements that have been made in media coverage of the communities GLAAD represents.

Past recipients of GLAAD Media Awards include The New York Times, "Roseanne," "Philadelphia," Phil Donahue and ABC World News Tonight.

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