Sunday, April 22, 2012

23rd GLAAD Media Awards In Los Angeles

The GLAAD Media Awards were held in Los Angeles Saturday Night. They’re call it The Year of Chaz as the Transgender Activist picked up 2 additional prizes as part of the watchdog group's 23rd annual Media Awards. Bono was also honored with GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award which is presented annually to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality. Cher presented her son with the award & was joined on stage by Rep. Mary Bono Mack. Past winners have included Ellen DeGeneres, Rufus Wainwright, Wanda Sykes, John Waters & Melissa Etheridge. Bono was chronicled in Becoming Chaz, about his transition from female to male & was joined on stage by directors Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato to pick up the prize for outstanding documentary for the OWN release. Bono's 2 awards come a month after the organization recognized ABC's Dancing With the Stars as outstanding reality program after a season in which Bono became the reality competition series' first transgender contestant. In other categories, ABC's Modern Family took home the GLAAD Award for outstanding comedy series with star Jesse Tyler Ferguson accepting the honors. The Steve Levitan/Christopher Lloyd comedy shared the honor in the category last year with Fox's Glee. Drop Dead Diva's Josh Berman & Brooke Elliott & Hot in Cleveland's Betty White, Jane Leeves & Wendie Malick accepted honors for their respective series for outstanding individual episode, for "Prom" & "Beards," respectively. Focus Features' romantic dramedy Beginners, starring Christopher Plummer, Ewan McGregor & Melanie Laurent, was honored as outstanding film, wide release. Plummer took home a supporting actor Academy Award for the role. The Hunger Gamesstar Josh Hutcherson received GLAAD's Vanguard Award, which is presented to media professionals who have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community. The next leg of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards will be held in San Francisco on June 2nd.
For Complete Winners List & Info: glaad.org
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