34th GLAAD Media Awards Nominate Chucky, Heartstopper, P-Valley & More!

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Nick and Charlie in ‘Heartstopper’ season 1 (Image: Trailer)

The nominations for the 34th GLAAD Media Awards. This year’s nominations include Chucky, Heartstopper, P-Valley, and more!

The 34th GLAAD Media Awards, that considered queer content published, released, or broadcast between January 1 – December 31, 2022, have revealed the full list of nominations. The award ceremony will take place in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton come Thursday, March 30, 2023, as well as in New York City at the Hilton Midtown on Saturday, May 13, 2023.

With violence, harmful legislation, false rhetoric and other attacks on the LGBTQ community continuing to escalate, it’s more crucial than ever that our community remains visible and included in the stories that the world sees in film, television, music, journalism, and other forms of media,” shared GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “This year we have more nominees than ever before to represent immensely impactful projects that entertain, educate, and grow acceptance of LGBTQ people. From new stories that debunk lies about transgender youth to kids and family programming which allows all families to be represented, this year’s nominated media images are beloved by audiences and are creating real change.”

This year we have a total of 295 nominees across 33 categories. Two new categories were added to the 34th GLAAD Media Awards; Outstanding Podcast and Outstanding Live TV Journalism. 

Also, for the first time ever, the Outstanding Reality Program category was split to nominate reality competition and non-competition series individually. The Outstanding Kids & Family Programming category was also split to nominate live-action and animated content. Furthermore, this is the first time the Outstanding Film – Wide Release category features 10 nominees!

While you can read the full list of nominees here, I will be going over a bunch of categories. And yes, I will also be sharing some of my opinions.

Outstanding Film – Wide Release

  • A Man Called Otto (Sony Pictures) – I had no idea this film, starring Tom Hanks, had queer representation. I might need to watch it.
  • Bodies Bodies Bodies (A24) – This is a fun movie!
  • Bros (Universal Pictures) – I can understand why it got nominated, but I wasn’t really into it. However, you can read Angel’s review here.
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24) – It better win the Best Picture Oscar and the Best Lead Actress Oscar this year!
  • Lightyear (Pixar) – That one little kiss between two female characters really got a bunch of people mad.
  • Nope (Universal Pictures) – An awesome movie overall.
  • Scream (Paramount Pictures)
  • Spoiler Alert (Focus Features) – This movie was way too emotional, even for me!
  • Strange World (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) – In my opinion, it was trying to do way too much.
  • Tár (Focus Features) – I still haven’t watched it. Hmmm.

Outstanding Film – Streaming or TV

  • Anything’s Possible (Prime Video)
  • B-Boy Blues (BET+)
  • A Christmas to Treasure (Lifetime) – A fun ensemble film about a bunch of childhood friends, two of them being queer men, getting together for a treasure hunt.
  • Crush (Hulu) – The alleged drama surrounding the leads. Ha!
  • Do Revenge (Netflix)
  • The Fallout (HBO Max)
  • Fire Island (Hulu) – So good! Go watch it!
  • The Holiday Sitter (Hallmark) – You can read my review here!
  • Three Months (Paramount+) – It was okay.
  • Wildhood (Hulu) – A good one!

Outstanding Film – Limited Release

  • Anaïs in Love (Magnolia Pictures)
  • Benediction (Roadside Attractions)
  • Death and Bowling (Wolfe Releasing)
  • Firebird (Roadside Attractions) – You can read my review here. I didn’t care for it much.
  • Girl Picture (Strand Releasing)
  • The Inspection (A24)
  • My Policeman (Prime Video) – Starring Harry Styles. A complete mess! And not the fun kind! I couldn’t even get myself to write a review.
  • Neptune Frost (Kino Lorber)
  • The Swimmer (Strand Releasing)
  • Wendell & Wild (Netflix) – Yes! Go watch it!

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • Abbott Elementary (ABC) – All the awards!!!
  • Derry Girls (Netflix)
  • Hacks (HBO Max)
  • Harley Quinn (HBO Max)
  • Love, Victor (Hulu) – I’m glad it’s finally over. I just couldn’t get myself to watch the third and final season.
  • Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
  • Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)
  • Sex Lives of College Girls (HBO Max)
  • Sort Of (HBO Max)
  • What We Do in the Shadows (FX)

Outstanding Drama Series

Outstanding New TV Series

  • A League of Their Own (Prime Video) – The fandom deserves another season!
  • Heartbreak High (Netflix)
  • High School (Amazon Freevee)
  • Interview with the Vampire (AMC) – YAAAASSSSS!!! You can read my coverage here.
  • Our Flag Means Death (HBO Max) – Like, duh! Go watch it!
  • Queer as Folk (Peacock) – As someone who grew up watching the 2000 version, the promos for this reboot just didn’t do it for me. And yes, it got canceled after just one season. 
  • The Rookie: Feds (ABC)
  • The Sandman (Netflix) – Read our review of season one here.
  • Somebody Somewhere (HBO)
  • Willow (Disney+) – I’m having fun seeing all the social media love for this show.

Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series

  • American Horror Story: NYC (FX)
  • The Ignorant Angels (Hulu)
  • The Best Man: The Final Chapters (Peacock)
  • Welcome to Chippendales (Hulu)
  • The White Lotus (HBO) – “Please. These gays. They’re trying to murder me.”

Outstanding Reality Program

  • Bargain Block (HGTV)
  • The Come Up (Freeform)
  • Family Karma (Bravo)
  • Generation Drag (Discovery+)
  • Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness (Netflix)
  • Mathis Family Matters (E!)
  • The Real World Homecoming: New Orleans (Paramount+)
  • Southern Hospitality (Bravo)
  • Trixie Motel (Discovery+)
  • We’re Here (HBO)

Outstanding Reality Program – Competition

  • The Big Brunch (HBO Max)
  • Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
  • Legendary (HBO Max) – Due to the drama happening over at HBO Max/Warner Bros., this awesome show, unfortunately, got canceled after three seasons. Hopefully, it will find a new home soon.
  • Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls (Prime Video)
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1) – You can watch my Drag Race franchise coverage over on our YouTube channel.
  • So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
  • Top Chef (Bravo)
  • Upcycle Nation (Fuse)
  • The Voice (NBC)
  • Worst Cooks in America (Food Network)

Outstanding Children’s Programming

  • “Adoptasaurus Rex” Dino Ranch (Disney Junior)
  • “Family Picnic” Sesame Street (HBO Max)
  • Firebuds (Disney Junior)
  • “The Mint Gala” Strawberry Shortcake: Berry in the Big City (Netflix)
  • Pinecone & Pony (Apple TV+)

Outstanding Kids & Family Programming – Animated

  • Amphibia (Disney Channel) – One of the best animated shows out there!
  • Battle Kitty (Netflix)
  • Big Nate (Nickelodeon)
  • Craig of the Creek (Cartoon Network) – Another awesome animated show.
  • Dead End: Paranormal Park (Netflix)
  • The Dragon Prince (Netflix) – You can read Jamie’s coverage here.
  • Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous (Netflix)
  • The Owl House (Disney Channel) – Again. Another awesome animated show!
  • The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder (Disney+) – The nostaligia!
  • Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! (Cartoon Network) – I mean, we already knew Velma was queer as heck, right?

 

Outstanding Kids & Family Programming – Live Action

Outstanding Video Game

  • Apex Legends (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)
  • Desta: The Memories Between (ustwo games)
  • Haven (The Game Bakers)
  • I Was a Teenage Exocolonist (Northway Games/Finji)
  • Need for Speed: Unbound (Criterion Games/Electronic Arts) – The long-running Need for Speed franchise has queer representation? Werk!
  • Signalis (rose-engine/Humble Games)
  • The Quarry (Supermassive Games/2K Games)
  • Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands (Gearbox Software/2K Games)
  • World of Warcraft: Dragonflight (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Wylde Flowers (Studio Drydock)

Outstanding Comic Book

  • I Hate This Place by Kyle Starks, Artyom Topilin, Lee Loughridge, Pat Brosseau (Image Comics)
  • Immortal X-Men by Kieron Gillen, Lucas Werneck, Michele Bandini, David Curiel, Dijjo Lima, Clayton Cowles (Marvel Comics)
  • New Mutants by Vita Ayala, Danny Lore, Charlie Jane Anders, Danilo Beyruth, Rod Reis, Jan Duursema, Guillermo Sanna, Alex Lins, Alberto Alburquerque, Ro Stein, Ted Brandt, Dan Brown, Ruth Redmond, Carlos Lopez, Tamra Bonvillain, Travis Lanham (Marvel Comics)
  • The Nice House on the Lake by James Tynion IV, Alvaro Martinez Bueno, Jordie Bellaire, Andworld Design (DC Comics)
  • Poison Ivy by G. Willow Wilson, Marcio Takara, Atagun Ilhan, Brian Level, Stefano Gaudiano, Jay Leisten, Arif Prianto, Ivan Plascencia, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (DC Comics)
  • Sins of the Black Flamingo by Andrew Wheeler, Travis Moore, Tamra Bonvillain, Aditya Bidikar (Image Comics)
  • Star Wars: Doctor Aphra by Alyssa Wong, Minkyu Jung, Natacha Bustos, Rachelle Rosenberg, Joe Caramagna (Marvel Comics)
  • Superman: Son of Kal-El by Tom Taylor, Nicole Maines, John Timms, Cian Tormey, Raul Fernandez, Bruno Redondo, Wade Von Grawbadger, Adriano Lucas, Clayton Henry, Ruairi Coleman, Scott Hanna, Hi-Fi Color, Federico Blee, Wes Abbott, Matt Herms, Marcelo Maiolo, Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Dave Sharpe, Bruno Redondo (DC Comics)
  • Tim Drake: Robin by Meghan Fitzmartin, Riley Rossmo, Lee Loughridge, Tom Napolitano, Rob Leigh (DC Comics)
  • Wynd: The Throne in the Sky by James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas, Andworld Design (BOOM! Studios)

Outstanding Original Graphic Novel/Anthology

  • Chef’s Kiss by Jarrett Melendez, Danica Brine, Hank Jones, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Oni Press)
  • Coven by Jennifer Dugan, Kit Seaton (Putnam)
  • DC Pride 2022 (DC Comics) [anthology]
  • Doughnuts and Doom by Balazs Lorinczi (Top Shelf Productions)
  • Fine: A Comic About Gender by Rhea Ewing (W.W. Norton & Company)
  • Galaxy: The Prettiest Star by Jadzia Axelrod, Jess Taylor (DC Comics)
  • Heartstopper Volume 4 by Alice Oseman (Graphix)
  • Magical Boy by The Kao (Graphix)
  • Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1 (Marvel Comics) [anthology]
  • Young Men in Love (A Wave Blue World) [anthology]

Outstanding Podcast

  • The Bald and the Beautiful with Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamo (Studio71)
  • In The Deep: Stories that Shape Us (iHeartMedia)
  • Las Culturistas with Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang (iHeartMedia/Big Money Players)
  • Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson (ABC News)
  • LGBTQ&A (Jeffrey Masters, The Advocate)
  • Pridecast (iHeartMedia)
  • Sibling Rivalry (Studio71)
  • TransLash Podcast with Imara Jones (TransLash Media)
  • V Interesting (Lemonada Media)
  • Yass Jesus! (Daniel Franzese Entertainment)

Outstanding Spanish-Language Scripted Television Series

  • Los Espookys (HBO)
  • La flor más bella (Netflix)
  • Ser o no ser (RTVE)
  • Smiley (Netflix) – I tried getting into it, but couldn’t even make myself watch the entire first episode.
  • Las de la última fila (Netflix)

Wait! Did I read the nominees in the final category correctly? Did Elite season 6 not get nominated? Muahahahahaha!

Unfortunately, Elite has devolved from the type of trash that was messy and fun to trash that needs to be thrown out ASAP!

Also, for some reason, there’s an Indian version of Elite, called Class, being released on Netflix on February 3, 2023. Sigh!

You can tell from the trailer that Class won’t be well-written. But hey, I guess I will at least watch the first season because I don’t love myself enough yet.

Anyway, feel free to share your thoughts about the 34th GLAAD Media Awards with us.

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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