GLAAD Nominees
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch's (pictured at the Hollywood Film Awards) film "The Imitation Game" is nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for its portrayal of LGBT characters. Reuters

The nominees for the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards were announced on Wednesday, Jan. 21. The awards “recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives,” according to the official GLAAD website.

The nominations aren’t quite the same as what’s nominated at the Academy Awards or the Emmys. They’re celebrating the portrayal of LGBT characters and issues, so the categories aren’t separated by genre. For example, ABC Family’s teen drama “Pretty Little Liars” doesn’t seem much like HBO’s “Game Of Thrones,” but they’ll compete against each other in the Outstanding Drama Series category. Similarly, “The Imitation Game,” the Benedict Cumberbatch historical drama that’s nominated for several Oscars, is up for Outstanding Film - Wide Release along with Melissa McCarthy’s comedy “Tammy.” The comedy doesn’t have any Oscar nominations, but it does have a couple Razzie nominations, recognizing it as one of the worst films of the year.

The GLAAD Awards can surprise viewers with their winners. They aren’t quite as predictable as other awards shows, but there is at least one category where the winner is unquestionable. Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series only has one nominee: “The Normal Heart.” The HBO movie based on Larry Kramer’s play focused on the lives of several gay men at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. The film has received recognition from the Emmys, Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards.

The 2015 GLAAD Media Awards will have two ceremonies. The first will take place March 21 in Beverly Hills, California. The second will occur on May 9 in New York City.

Check out the rest of the English-language nominees for the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards below:

Outstanding Film - Wide Release

  • “The Imitation Game” (The Weinstein Company)
  • “Love Is Strange” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • “Pride” (CBS Films)
  • “The Skeleton Twins” (Roadside Attractions)
  • “Tammy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Outsanding Film - Limited Release

  • “Dear White People” (Lionsgate)
  • “Life Partners” (Magnolia Pictures)
  • “Lilting” (Strand Releasing)
  • “The Way He Looks” (Strand Releasing)
  • “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” (Film Movement)

Outstanding Drama Series

  • “Degrassi” (TeenNick)
  • “The Fosters” (ABC Family)
  • “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
  • “Grey's Anatomy” (ABC)
  • “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
  • “Last Tango in Halifax” (PBS)
  • “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)
  • “Orphan Black” (BBC America)
  • “Pretty Little Liars” (ABC Family)
  • “Shameless” (Showtime)

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)
  • “Faking It” (MTV)
  • “Glee” (FOX)
  • “Looking” (HBO)
  • “Modern Family” (ABC)
  • “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)
  • “Please Like Me” (Pivot)
  • “Sirens” (USA Network)
  • “Transparent” (Amazon Instant Video)
  • “Vicious” (PBS)

Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character)

  • "Deep Breath," “Doctor Who” (BBC America)
  • "Down a Tree," “Good Luck Charlie” (Disney Channel)
  • "Identity Crisis," “Drop Dead Diva” (Lifetime)
  • "Let's Have a Baby," “Playing House” (USA Network)
  • "No Lack of Void," “Elementary” (CBS)

Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series

  • “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Outstanding Documentary

  • “The Case Against 8” (HBO)
  • “L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin” (Showtime)
  • “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word” (Logo / MTV)
  • “To Russia with Love” (Epix)
  • “True Trans With Laura Jane Grace” (AOL Originals)

Outstanding Reality Program

  • “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce” (Fuse)
  • “B.O.R.N. to Style” (FYI)
  • “Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project” (VH1)
  • “R&B Divas: Atlanta” (TV One)
  • “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” (CBS)

Outstanding Daily Drama

  • “Days of Our Lives” (NBC)
  • “General Hospital” (ABC)

Outstanding Music Artist

  • Against Me!, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” (Xtra Mile Recordings)
  • Angel Haze, “Dirty Gold” (Island Records/Republic Records)
  • Mary Gauthier, “Trouble & Love” (In the Black Records)
  • Mary Lambert, “Heart on My Sleeve” (Capitol Records)
  • Sam Smith, “In the Lonely Hour” (Capitol Records)

Outstanding Comic Book

  • “Hawkeye” written by Matt Fraction (Marvel Comics)
  • “Lumberjanes” written by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis (BOOM! Studios)
  • “Memetic” written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios)
  • “Rat Queens” written by Kurtis J. Wiebe (Image Comics)
  • “Saga” written by Brian K. Vaughan (Image Comics)

Outstanding Talk Show Episode

  • "Issues Facing the Transgender Community," “Katie” (syndicated)
  • "Laverne Cox Discusses 'The T Word,'" “The View” (ABC)
  • "Michael Sam," “Oprah Prime” (OWN)
  • "Pepe Julian Onziema," “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)
  • "Robin Roberts," “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated)

Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine

  • "Coming Out," “Nick News With Linda Ellerbee” (Nickelodeon)
  • "Gay and Muslim in America," “America Tonight” (Al Jazeera America)
  • "Gay Rodeo," “This is Life with Lisa Ling” (CNN)
  • "Infield & Out: Baseball for All," “Morning Joe” (MSNBC)
  • "Transgender Society" [series] “Ronan Farrow Daily” (MSNBC)

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment

  • "Change is Coming to the South," “Melissa Harris-Perry” (MSNBC)
  • "Fired for Being Gay?," “MSNBC Live” (MSNBC)
  • "License to Discriminate?," “Anderson Cooper 360” (CNN)
  • "A Model With a Mission," “Alicia Menendez Tonight” (Fusion)
  • "Transgender Tipping Point?," “This Week” (ABC)

Outstanding Newspaper Article

  • "A Christian Family, a Gay Son and a Wichita Father's Change of Heart" by Roy Wenzl (The Wichita Eagle)
  • "For Transgender Service Members, Honesty Can End Career" by Ernesto Londoño (The Washington Post)
  • "An Identity to Call Their Own" [series] by Michael A. Fuoco & Mackenzie Carpenter (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
  • "Longtime Utah LGBT Advocates Recount Brutal History" by Erin Alberty (Salt Lake City Tribune)
  • "When They Stopped Waiting" by Shaun McKinnon (The Arizona Republic)

Outstanding Magazine Article

  • "Do Ask, Do Tell" by S.L. Price (Sports Illustrated)
  • "The Forsaken" by Alex Morris (Rolling Stone)
  • "Inside the Iron Closet: What It's Like to Be Gay in Putin's Russia" by Jeff Sharlet (GQ)
  • "Sex Without Fear" by Tim Murphy (New York)
  • "The Transgender Tipping Point" by Katy Steinmetz (Time)

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage

  • Essence
  • Glamour
Sports Illustrated
  • Time

Outstanding Digital Journalism Article

  • "31 Days of PrEP" [series] (
  • "Black Parents, Gay Sons and Redefining Masculinity" by Edward Wyckoff Williams (
  • "Conner Mertens Came Out to His College Football Team. Now He Comes Out Publicly." by Cyd Zeigler (
  • "A Nun's Secret Ministry Brings Hope to the Transgender Community" by Nathan Schneider (
  • "A Year Later, 'Nothing' Has Changed Since Transgender Woman Islan Nettles was Killed" by Tony Merevick (

Oustanding Digital Journalism - Multimedia

  • "Left Behind: LGBT Homeless Youth Struggle to Survive on the Streets" by Miranda Leitsinger (
  • "Why Did the U.S. Lock Up These Women With Men?" by Cristina Costantini, Jorge Rivas, Kristofer Ríos (
  • "With Technology I Didn't Have to Sell My Body" by Kerri Pang (
  • "Young and Gay: Jamaica's Gully Queens" by Adri Murguia, Christo Geoghegan (
  • "Young and Gay in Putin's Russia" by Milene Larsson (

Outstanding Blog

  • The Art of Transliness (
  • Autostraddle (
  • Box Turtle Bulletin (
  • Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters (
  • My Fabulous Disease (

Special Recognition

  • “Dragon Age: Inquisition” (BioWare/Electronic Arts)

For a list of Spanish-language nominees, check out GLAAD’s website.