Sunday, April 22, 2012

2012 GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles – winners

The second of three ceremonies took place last night for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards. The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.

Director Mike Mills accepted the award for Outstanding Film - Wide Release for his film Beginners. The film had already earned many accolades including the Best Supporting Actor award for Christopher Plummer at the recent 84th Academy Awards.

The Best Documentary prize went to Becoming Chaz about the gender transformation of Chastity Bono to Chaz Bono. Chaz was also honoured with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award which is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality. Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (Chaz Bono’s stepmother and the widow of his father Sonny Bono) made the presentation. His mother Cher also showed up in support of her son's work.

The Outstanding Comedy Series award was given to ABC's Modern Family. For Outstanding Individual Episode, the prize was shared between Drop Dead Diva and Hot in Cleveland.

The Hunger Games actor Josh Hutcherson received the Vanguard Award for media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community. He is a co-founder of LGBT ally organization Straight But Not Narrow and frequently speaks out on the importance of LGBT equality. The award was presented to him by actor Benicio del Toro.

The final event for the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards series will take place in San Francisco on June 2, 2012.

Nominees for the 2012 GLAAD Media Awards
Winners for the 2012 GLAAD Media Awards in New York


Winners for the 2012 GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles

Outstanding Film - Wide Release
Beginners (Focus Features)

Outstanding Documentary
Becoming Chaz (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Outstanding Comedy Series
Modern Family (ABC)

Outstanding Individual Episode
"Prom" Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) and "Beards" Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)

Stephen F. Kolzak Award
Chaz Bono

Vanguard Award
Josh Hutcherson

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