This year’s GLAAD Media Awards were held last week. I thought they were cancelled completely, but apparently GLAAD opted to hold them after all, albeit online like everything else under the pandemic.
The complete list of winners is available here. Animation/comics-related nominees below are in italics; winners are in bold.
Outstanding Comic Book
- Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (Marvel)
- The Avant-Guards (Boom! Studios)
- Bloom (First Second)
- Crowded (Image)
- Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (DC Comics)
- Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me (First Second)
- Liebestrasse (Comixology Originals)
- Lumberjanes (Boom! Studios)
- Runaways (Marvel)
- The Wicked + The Divine (Image)
Outstanding Drama Series
- Pose (FX)
- Batwoman (The CW)
- Supergirl (The CW)
- Billions (Showtime)
- Euphoria (HBO)
- Killing Eve (AMC)
- The L Word: Generation Q (Showtime)
- The Politician (Netflix)
- Shadowhunters (Freeform)
- Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBTQ character)
- “Two Doors Down,” Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings (Netflix)
- “This Extraordinary Being,” Watchmen (HBO)
- “Love,” Drunk History (Comedy Central)
- “Murdered at a Bad Address,” Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
- “Spontaneous Combustion,” Easy (Netflix)
Outstanding Kids & Family Programming
- The Bravest Knight (Hulu) (tie)
- High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Disney+) (tie)
- Andi Mack (Disney Channel)
- The Loud House (Nickelodeon)
- “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” Arthur (PBS)
- Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling (Netflix)
- She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Netflix)
- Steven Universe: The Movie (Cartoon Network)
- “A Tale of Two Nellas,” Nella the Princess Knight (Nick Jr.)
- Twelve Forever (Netflix)
Outstanding Video Game
- The Outer Worlds (Private Division)
- Apex Legends (Electronic Arts)
- Borderlands 3 (2K Games)
- Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
- The Walking Dead: The Final Season (Skybound Entertainment)
The popular “Star Wars” spin-off comic “Doctor Aphra” won for this year’s comics category, ahead of a lot of stiff competition: “The Avant-Guards,” Harley Quinn’s young adult graphic novel, perennial entry “Lumberjanes,” etc.
The CW’s “World’s Finest” (“Supergirl” and “Batwoman”) didn’t win this year, with both superheroes losing to FX’s “Pose.” On a semi-related note, “The L Word” reboot must be doing well; I wonder if this will give someone the idea to reboot the American version of “Queer As Folk.” Though I’d rather see a revival of “Noah’s Arc,” myself.
In spite of all the praise “Watchmen”‘s received, it didn’t fare so lucky here this year, with a Dolly Parton Netflix production winning its category.
Surprisingly, there’s a tie for this year’s kids and family programming category (i.e. where most of the animation-related entries appear): “The Bravest Knight” (on Hulu) and “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” (on Disney+). I thought “Bravest Knight” was cute; I’d like to see another season’s worth of episodes get made.
I’m surprised that “HSM:TM:TS” won. It felt like I was the only one who watched that show, with “The Mandalorian” sucking up most of the Disney+ attention online. GLAAD expanded the number of entries in this category this year. (Apparently there’s been an increase in LGBTQ characters in kids/family programming.) Meanwhile, I wonder if it says something that nothing from adult-oriented animation (such as Adult Swim or the Fox Sunday lineup) was nominated this year.
Image from "The Bravest Knight." (Big Bad Boo Studios/Hulu)