‘Elite’, ‘Empyre’, ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ & More Nominated for 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards

Empyre Issue 4 review
Empyre Issue 4 (Image: Marvel Comics)

The nominees for the 32nd GLAAD Media Awards have been announced and I’m glad that a lot of the content we cover at The Geekiary made the list!

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for well-written LGBTQ+ representation. While a lot of work still needs to be done (read how queer representation fell in certain areas), it’s always nice to celebrate the hard work numerous creative teams do to help move the needle forward and give rise to meaningful, and world-changing, conversations.

Let’s go over some of the highlights from the 32nd GLAAD Media Awards!

Outstanding Film – Wide Release

  • The Craft: Legacy (Sony Pictures)
  • Happiest Season (Hulu/TriStar Pictures)
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix)
  • The Old Guard (Netflix)
  • The Prom (Netflix)

Thoughts: I don’t know what to say about Happiest Season. It had issues. But it does deserve to be recognized for being a holiday film featuring queer characters and starring out queer actors.

You can read my love for The Old Guard here. It was amazing to finally see an action-film starring queer characters who weren’t afraid to showcase their love and live together as a family. The Old Guard sequel has reportedly been greenlit. There’s also the six-issue The Old Guard: Tales Through Time comic book series being released on April 21, 2021. Of course, I’ll be reading it.

Outstanding Film – Limited Release

  • Ammonite (NEON)
  • And Then We Danced (Music Box Films)
  • The Boys in the Band (Netflix)
  • The Half of It (Netflix)
  • I Carry You With Me (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Kajillionaire (Focus Features)
  • The Life Ahead (Netflix)
  • Lingua Franca (ARRAY/Netflix)
  • Monsoon (Strand Releasing)
  • The True Adventures of Wolfboy (Vertical Entertainment)

Thoughts: While The Life Ahead isn’t a queer story, it does have a trans woman in a supporting role. Also, if you’re a fan of the iconic Sophia Loren, you need to watch this gut-wrenching movie. And Then We Danced is a nice little emotional film, too. 

Outstanding Documentary

  • Circus of Books (Netflix)
  • Disclosure (Netflix)
  • Equal (HBO Max)
  • For They Know Not What They Do (First Run Features)
  • Howard (Disney+)
  • Mucho Mucho Amor (Netflix)
  • Scream, Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street (Virgil FIlms/Shudder)
  • Visible: Out on Television (Apple TV+)
  • We Are The Radical Monarchs (PBS POV)
  • Welcome to Chechnya (HBO)

Thoughts: You need to watch Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen right now! Scream, Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street is an emotional look at how Hollywood treated queer actors not so long ago. Circus of Books is about a bookstore (also a gay adult shop) and how it impacted the queer community back in the day. 

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • Big Mouth (Netflix)
  • Dead to Me (Netflix)
  • Everything’s Gonna Be Okay (Freeform)
  • Harley Quinn (HBO Max)
  • Love, Victor (Hulu)
  • Saved by the Bell (Peacock)
  • Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
  • Sex Education (Netflix)
  • Superstore (NBC)
  • Twenties (BET)

Thoughts: Twenties is amazing! Sex Education is a mess! Saved by the Bell is amazing and so is Everything’s Gonna Be Okay. And we all love Schitt’s Creek.

Outstanding Drama Series

  • 9-1-1: Lone Star (FOX)
  • Killing Eve (BBC America)
  • P-Valley (Starz)
  • Ratched (Netflix)
  • Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
  • Supergirl (The CW)
  • The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
  • Vida (Starz)
  • The Wilds (Amazon)
  • Wynonna Earp (Syfy)

Thoughts: While 9-1-1: Lone Star likes to play around with Tarlos and queerbaiting, it’s still a show that highlights queer characters and actors. P-Valley ended up being everything. I can’t wait for the already greenlit second season. And of course, we all love The Umbrella Academy

Outstanding TV Movie

  • Alice Júnior (Netflix)
  • Bad Education (HBO)
  • The Christmas House (Hallmark Channel)
  • The Christmas Setup (Lifetime)
  • Dashing in December (Paramount Network)
  • La Leyenda Negra (HBO Latino/HBO Max)
  • The Thing About Harry (Freeform)
  • Uncle Frank (Amazon Studios)
  • Unpregnant (HBO Max)
  • Your Name Engraved Herein (Netflix)

Thoughts: I have reviewed The Christmas House, The Christmas Setup, Dashing in December, and Uncle Frank.

Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series

  • Dispatches from Elsewhere (AMC)
  • The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix)
  • Hollywood (Netflix)
  • I May Destroy You (HBO)
  • Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)

Thoughts: Hollywood was… it was something.

Outstanding Reality Program

  • Deaf U (Netflix)
  • Legendary (HBO Max)
  • Queer Eye (Netflix)
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
  • We’re Here (HBO)

Thoughts: You can watch my coverage (including reaction videos) of Legendary and RuPaul’s Drag Race on The Geekiary’s YouTube channel.

Outstanding Children’s Programming

  • “Challenge of the Senior Junior Woodchucks!” DuckTales (Disney XD)
  • “Dogbot” Clifford The Big Red Dog (PBS)
  • “Nancy Plays Dress Up” Fancy Nancy (Disney Junior)
  • The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo (HBO Max)
  • Summer Camp Island (HBO Max)

Outstanding Kids & Family Programming

  • Craig of the Creek (Cartoon Network)
  • Diary of a Future President (Disney+)
  • First Day (Hulu)
  • Kipo and The Age of Wonderbeasts (DreamWorks Animation/Netflix)
  • The Loud House (Nickelodeon)
  • “Mary Anne Saves the Day” The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)
  • “Obsidian” Adventure Time: Distant Lands (HBO Max)
  • The Owl House (Disney Channel)
  • She-Ra & The Princesses of Power (DreamWorks Animation/Netflix)
  • Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)

Outstanding Video Game

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft)
  • Borderlands 3: Guns, Love, and Tentacles (2K Games)
  • Bugsnax (Young Horses)
  • Hades (Supergiant Games)
  • If Found… (Annapurna Interactive)
  • Ikenfell (Humble Games)
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising (Ubisoft)
  • The Last of Us Part II (Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Tell Me Why (Xbox Game Studios)
  • World of Warcraft: Shadowlands (Blizzard Entertainment)

Thoughts: When it comes to video games, queer representation can be a bit iffy. Is it really queer representation if players can decide the sexuality of characters in certain titles? I’m kind of interested in the thought process behind selecting the 32nd GLAAD Media Awards video game nominees.

While that’s a discussion for another day, I do appreciate games like The Last of Us Part II that feature important queer characters that can’t have their sexuality changed.

Outstanding Comic Book

  • Empyre, Lords of Empyre: Emperor Hulkling, Empyre: Aftermath Avengers, by Al Ewing, Dan Slott, Chip Zdarsky, Anthony Oliveira, Valerio Schiti, Manuel Garcia, Cam Smith, Marte Gracia, Triona Farrell, Joe Caramagna, Ariana Maher, Travis Lanham (Marvel Comics)
  • Far Sector, by N.K. Jemisin, Jamal Campbell, Deron Bennett (DC Comics)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, by Al Ewing, Juann Cabal, Nina Vakueva, Chris Sprouse, Belén Ortega, Marcio Takara, Karl Story, Federico Blee, Guru-eFX, Cory Petit (Marvel Comics)
  • Juliet Takes a Breath, by Gabby Rivera, Celia Moscote, James Fenner, DC Hopkins (Boom! Studios)
  • Lois Lane, by Greg Rucka, Mike Perkins, Gabe Eltaeb, Andy Troy, Simon Bowland (DC Comics)
  • The Magic Fish, by Trung Le Nguyen (Random House Graphic)
  • Suicide Squad, by Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo, Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Adriano Lucas, Wes Abbott (DC Comics)
  • Wynd, by James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas, Aditya Bidikar (Boom! Studios)
  • X-Factor, by Leah Williams, David Baldeon, Carlos Gomez, Israel Silva, Joe Caramagna (Marvel Comics)
  • You Brought Me the Ocean, by Alex Sanchez, Julie Maroh, Deron Bennett (DC Comics)

Thoughts: Far Sector is one of the best comic books I have read in a very long time. Make sure to read my reviews of Wynd, Suicide Squad, and the Empyre series.

Outstanding Spanish-Language Scripted Television Series

  • Ana (Amazon/Comedy Central/Pantaya)
  • Élite (Netflix)
  • #Luimelia (Atresplayer Premium)
  • Someone Has to Die (Netflix)
  • Veneno (HBO Max)

Thoughts: Elite is trash and I love every second of it! Also, I have heard some great stuff about Veneno.

You can read the full list of nominees on the organization’s official website.

The winners of the 32nd GLAAD Media Awards will be announced during a virtual ceremony planned for April. As of writing this, no official date has been announced.

Which nominees do you think will win?

Let us know.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.


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