More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Awards Season Update: PGA, DGA, NAACP Image Awards & People's Choice Awards
Nominations were announced this week for the Directors Guild Awards, the Producers Guild Awards, and the NAACP Image Awards, as well as winners for the People's Choice Awards. All recognized a range of LGBT-inclusive work, but one film in particular
rose above the rest.
Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, received a slew of nominations from the NAACP Image Awards, which honor performances by people of color in film, television, music, and literature. In addition to nominations for Motion Picture and Independent Motion Picture, the entire central cast of Precious was recognized, including a Supporting Actress nod for Paula Patton, who played the lesbian teacher who ultimately becomes Precious' savior. Openly gay director Lee Daniels was nominated for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture.
Daniels was also recognized for his work by the Directors Guild, making him a strong contender for an Academy Award nomination. Furthermore, Precious was one of ten films recognized by the Producers Guild.
Other Image Award nominees of note include Glee and Ugly Betty for Outstanding Comedy Series, Grey's Anatomy and The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency for Outstanding Drama Series, Rosie O'Donnell for her role in the Lifetime TV movie America, and Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me for Outstanding Variety.
The People's Choice Awards were presented live last night on CBS, and though Twilight: New Moon dominated the film awards, the LGBT community was recognized in several other categories. Bisexual superstar Lady Gaga triumphed over openly gay popstar Adam Lambert to win Favorite Breakout Music Artist in addition to being named Favorite Pop Artist. Glee was named Favorite New TV Comedy and out creator Kevin Williamson's Vampire Diaries was named Favorite New TV Drama. True Blood was voted Favorite TV Obesssion, House was the Favorite TV Drama and The Ellen DeGeneres Show was crowned Favorite Talk Show.