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ABC Leads Nominees for GLAAD Media Awards

ABC Leads Nominees for GLAAD Media Awards
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Despite drawing the ire of the organization for its now-canceled cross-dressing comedy Work It, ABC topped the list of nominees for the 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards.

Collecting mentions for Grey's Anatomy (outstanding drama) as well "Modern Family" and "Happy Endings," the Disney-owned network also picked up a nomination for outstanding individual episode without a regular LGBT character for its short-lived comedy "Man Up" and reality staple "Dancing With the Stars" with Chaz Bono.

Bono also factored in a pair of other nominees: OWN's "Becoming Chaz" earned a nom in the documentary category and his turn on CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" also was mentioned in the outstanding talk show field.

The nominations come a month after the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation encouraged the network not to air cross-dressing comedy "Work It," claiming the series reinforced "false and damaging stereotypes about transgender people."

"Grey's Anatomy," which featured a lesbian wedding last season, will compete with TeenNick's "Degrassi," ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars," Showtime's "Shameless" and Starz's "Torchwood: Miracle Day" in the drama field.

"Happy Endings" and "Modern Family," which took home the award with Fox's "Glee" last year, will again compete with the Fox musical in the comedy category where fellow nominees Logo's "Exes and Ohs" and Showtime's "The Big C" join them.

Showtime also picked up three nominations in the major categories, collecting mentions for best drama for "Shameless" (which features a now-openly gay teen) and outstanding reality program for its "The L Word" reality spinoff "The Real L Word," in addition to "The Big C."

NBC's first-year singing competition The Voice, which featured four openly gay contestants, also picked up a nomination in the reality program field, where it will compete with Oxygen's "Glee" reality spinoff "The Glee Project," Sundance's "Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys," ABC's "Dancing" and "Real L Word."

On the film side, wide release nominees include Roadside Attractions' "Albert Nobbs," Focus Features' "Beginners" and Warner Bros. Pictures' "J. Edgar." Limited release nominees include Roadside's "Circumstance," Motion Film Group's "Gun Hill Road," Focus' "Pariah," Rocket Releasing's "Tomboy" and Sundance Selects' "Weekend."

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize outstanding images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The 23rd annual awards will be held in New York on March 24, Los Angeles on April 21 and San Francisco on June 2. GLAAD on Thursday announced 116 nominees in 25 English-language categories and 35 Spanish-language nominees in 10 categories.

The Hollywood Reporter

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