The 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards, held virtually on July 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, returned this year to celebrate fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of LGBTQ + people in the media — honoring films, television shows, documentaries, musicians, video games, comic books, blogs, theater plays, and journalistic works. Hosted by Fortune Feimster and Gina Yashere with special performances by Chloe x Halle, Shea Diamond, and Ben Platt; and guest special appearances such as Cara Delevingne, Demi Lovato, Jennifer Garner, Charlie XCX, Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union to support the LGBTQ + community with inspiring and heartwarming speeches dedicated especially to the African-American and Latino trans community — a community that faces more danger and discrimination day after day.
The nominees were divided into 30 categories. The television series categories were quite competitive with nominations for Batwoman (The CW), Billions (Showtime), Euphoria (HBO), Killing Eve (BBC America), The L Word: Generation Q (Showtime), The Politician (Netflix), Shadowhunters (Freeform), Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access), Supergirl (The CW), and Pose (FX) — Pose (FX) is the winner for Outstanding Drama Series.
Outstanding Film – Wide Release
- Booksmart (United Artists Releasing) – Directed by Olivia Wilde. Screenplay by Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, and Katie Siberman.
- Bombshell (Lionsgate) – Directed by Jay Roach. Written by Charles Randolph.
- Downton Abbey (Focus Features) – Directed by Michael Engler. Screenplay by Julian Fellowes.
- Judy (Roadside Attractions) – Directed by Rupert Goold. Screenplay by Tom Edge.
- Rocketman (Paramount Pictures) – Directed by Dexter Fletcher. Written by Lee Hall.
Outstanding Film – Limited Release
- Rafiki (Film Movement) – Directed by Wanuri Kahiu. Written by Wanuri Kahiu and Jena Cato Bass.
- Adam (Wolfe Releasing) – Directed by Rhys Ernst. Written by Ariel Schrag.
- Brittany Runs a Marathon (Amazon Studios) – Written and directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo.
- End of the Century (The Cinema Guild) – Written and directed by Lucio Castro.
- The Heiresses (1844 Entertainment) – Written and directed by Marcelo Martinessi.
- Kanarie (Breaking Glass Pictures) – Directed by Christiaan Olwagen. Written by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and Christiaan Olwagen.
- Pain and Glory (Sony Pictures Classics) – Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar.
- Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Neon) – Written and directed by Céline Sciamma.
- Sócrates (Breaking Glass Pictures) – Directed by Alexandre Moratto. Screenplay by Thayná Mantesso and Alexandre Moratto.
- This Is Not Berlin (Samuel Goldwyn Films) – Directed by Hari Sama. Written by Rodrigo Ordoñez and Max Zunino.
A good number of films from different countries represent the conflicts of the LGBTQ community around the world within the Outstanding Film categories: End of the Century from Argentina; The Heiresses from Paraguay; Kanarie from South Africa; Pain and Glory from Spain; Portrait of a Lady on Fire from France; Sócrates from Brazil; This Is Not Berlin from Mexico; and one of our favorite features on LesFlicks VOD that you can start streaming right now is the GLAAD Media Awards winner Rafiki from Kenya.
We congratulate GLAAD for such a beautiful virtual ceremony. Likewise, we congratulate all the nominees and winners of the night, wishing them the best in the continuation of their current projects and those still to come. Thank you for amplifying the stories of the LGBTQ+ community positively. We invite our readers to support and watch legally these GLAAD-nominated pieces of artwork. If we contribute, we make it easier for creators to deliver more of the stories that represent us and would like to have available to see in the cinema, on television, or streaming services all the time.
Watch and be the judge. We’d love to hear your opinion on social media. What did you like about the 2020 GLAAD Media Awards? Was it Chloe x Halle’s performance? Demi Lovato’s touching speech? Or the fact that Rafiki won? Tag us and tell us which of the women loving women content is your favorite and which one would you like to see available on Lesflicks VOD in the near future!
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Barbara Paulino is an article writer and video editor for Lesflicks. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (7-15-1990), Barbara has acquired skills in art and culture from an early age. Upon graduating from high school, she entered a film school where she became certified as an audiovisual media actress. She decided to study international relations at the University of the Caribbean in order to be part of cultural exchange programs that would allow her to interact with people of different nationalities. The program took her to different cities in the United States where she met many people and collaborated with friends on small projects. For years, she has been a freelance analyst and researcher for a tech New York City news agency. In search of opportunities that would allow her to apply her editing and writing skills, she volunteered to become part of the Lesflicks family.