The nominees for the 2020 GLAAD Media Awards were announced this week. As usual, the GLAAD Media Awards are meant to draw attention to noteworthy portrayals of LGBTQ characters, elements, and stories in mainstream media.
The awards will be given on March 19 in New York and on April 16 in Los Angeles. A full list of nominees is available on Entertainment Weekly’s site.
Update (5/31/20): Unfortunately, this year’s GLAAD Media Awards have been cancelled, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s a look at the comic and animation related nominees.
Outstanding Comic Book
- 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)
- Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (Marvel)
- The Wicked + The Divine (Image)
Outstanding Drama Series
- Batwoman (The CW)
- Billions (Showtime)
- Euphoria (HBO)
- Killing Eve (AMC)
- The L Word: Generation Q (Showtime)
- The Politician (Netflix)
- Pose (FX)
- Shadowhunters (Freeform)
- Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
- Supergirl (The CW)
Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBTQ character)
- “Love,” Drunk History (Comedy Central)
- “Murdered at a Bad Address,” Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
- “Spontaneous Combustion,” Easy (Netflix)
- “This Extraordinary Being,” Watchmen (HBO)
- “Two Doors Down,” Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings (Netflix)
Outstanding Kids & Family Programming
- Andi Mack (Disney Channel)
- The Bravest Knight (Hulu)
- High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Disney+)
- 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
- Apex Legends (Electronic Arts)
- Borderlands 3 (2K Games)
- The Outer Worlds (Private Division)
- Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
- The Walking Dead: The Final Season (Skybound Entertainment)
Entertainment Weekly notes that GLAAD expanded its kids/family category nominees this year, due to an increase in the number of children- and family-oriented TV shows featuring LGBTQ characters.
From the list of nominees, that’s certainly true. Between streaming services, traditional cable, and even public broadcasting, there’s everything from “She-Ra” and “The Loud House” to the “Rocko’s Modern Life” movie and “Arthur.” I’m not sure why GLAAD listed “Arthur””s nomination by the episode title; Mr. Ratburn’s in almost every episode of the series, as most episodes involve the kids’ school. Out of the other nominees in this category, I’ve not seen the (live-action) “Andi Mack,” “Twelve Forever,” “Nella the Princess Knight,” or “Steven Universe: The Movie” (my viewing of “Steven Universe” is way behind at this point).
Elsewhere, the comic category includes the usual perennial nominees (“Lumberjanes,” “Runaways,” etc.). There’s also a few new popular entries, such as “Laura Dean” and the “Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass” graphic novel. I haven’t read the latter yet, but I did enjoy reading “The Avant-Guards.”
Batwoman and Supergirl’s TV shows are nominated for the drama category, along with “Star Trek: Discovery.” “Watchmen” also made it into the outstanding individual episode (in a series without a regular LGBTQ character) category. As I wrote before, DC seems to be doing better in television than at the movies.
Image from “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.” (DreamWorks/Netflix)