Just as you’ve begun narrowing down your picks for the Oscars, along comes GLAAD with their nominees for its 25th annual Media Awards (not that we’re complaining — we love awards season!). GLAAD’s aim is to honor 2013’s outstanding images of the LGBT community so contenders include the shattering equality documentary Bridegroom, the powerful AIDS-themed drama Dallas Buyers Club and the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra.
In a statement, the media watchdog org’s new president Sarah Kate Ellis offered that this year’s nominees “have created images and stories that continue to challenge misconceptions, shatter stereotypes, and change hearts and minds of millions all across the globe.”
Dallas Buyers Club will compete for Outstanding Film in Wide Release against the Cannes sensation Blue Is the Warmest Color, the Beat generation crime drama Kill Your Darlings (pictured left), the fantasy The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and the Dame Judi Dench-starrer Philomena.
For Outstanding Film in Limited Release, the nominees are the 2013 Sundance hit Concussion, the coming-of-age tale Geography Club, the neo-noir Out in the Dark, the fact-based romance Reaching for the Moon and the Israeli drama Yossi.
Behind the Candelabra is, along with the BBC series In the Flesh, one of only two 2013 projects deemed worthy to compete in the category of Outstanding TV Movie or Miniseries.
Nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series are Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Glee, Modern Family, Orange is the New Black and Please Like Me. Up for Drama Series are The Fosters, Grey’s Anatomy, Orphan Black, Pretty Little Liars and Shameless.
Several LGBT entertainers will vie for Outstanding Music Artist including Elton John for his album The Diving Board, Goldfrapp for Tales of Us, Lady Gaga for ARTPOP, Tegan and Sara for Heartthrob, and Vampire Weekend (pictured right) for Modern Vampires of the City.
Special honorees will be announced in the coming weeks with the awards scheduled to be handed out in Los Angeles on April 12 and in New York City on May 3. For a complete list of nominees, visit GLAAD’s site.