GLAAD Media Awards 2021: Nominations–Ma Rainey, Happiest Season


Ma Raineys Black Bottom Happiest Season

Nominations for the 32nd annual GLAAD Media Awards were revealed on Thursday via a live-streamed TikTok video featuring Saved by the Bell star Josie Totah, The Christmas House actor Jonathan Bennett and D.J. ‘Shangela’ Pierce.

Each nominee was selected using four criteria: fair, accurate and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues, boldness and originality, cultural impact and overall quality.

Among the film categories, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom–featuring Chadwick Boseman in his final role–along with Viola Davis and Colman Domingo, was included, along with Kristen Stewart-starrer Happiest Season and Ryan Murphy’s musical The Prom. Television nominees included Schitt’s Creek and Love, Victor, as well as cartoons such as Big Mouth and Harley Quinn.

In total, there were 198 nominees in 28 categories (with 58 in streaming services) were two new categories: outstanding children’s programing and outstanding breakthrough music artist, which recognize the fact that LGBTQ representation, visibility and acceptance is continuing to grow in the area of family programming. The breakthrough music artist — also a new category — recognizes performers whose songs, music videos or live performances have impacted the LGBTQ community in positive ways.

“During an unprecedented year of crises and isolation, the nominees for the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards reached LGBTQ people with powerful stories and inspired countless others around the world with bold looks at LGBTQ people and issues,” said GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “As GLAAD continues to lead the fight for LGBTQ acceptance, this year’s nominees remind us that even in times of political and cultural division, diverse LGBTQ representation and visibility can enlighten, entertain, and create lasting change.”


This year will recognize the Windy City Times, Chicago’s LGBTQ publication, with an award for excellence in LGBTQ media named after the pioneering editor Barbara Gittings, whose work for The Ladder earned her visibility in the 1970s and ’80s. There is also a category referred to as ‘special recognition,’ which includes media projects that do not fit into any existing categories.

Since its inception in 1990, media advocacy organization GLAAD has continued to discourage broad stereotypes and encourage the presence of authentic LGBTQ characters in mainstream and independent media, offering “Where We Are on TV” report that offers updated statistics on the progress made each year, as well as suggestions and challenges for the entertainment industry to continue creating diverse stories.

The awardsnwill be presented during a virtual ceremony in April, 2021.

A full list of nominees follows.

Outstanding Film – Wide Release
The Craft: Legacy (Sony Pictures)
Happiest Season (Hulu)
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix)
The Old Guard (Netflix)
The Prom (Netflix)

Outstanding Film – Limited Release
And Then We Danced (Music Box Films)
The Boys in the Band (Netflix)
The Half of It (Netflix)
I Carry You With Me (Sony Pictures Classics)
Kajillionaire (Focus Features)
The Life Ahead (Netflix)
Lingua Franca (ARRAY/Netflix)
Monsoon (Strand Releasing)
The True Adventures of Wolfboy (Vertical Entertainment)

Outstanding Documentary
Circus of Books (Netflix)
Disclosure (Netflix)
Equal (HBO Max)
For They Know Not What They Do (First Run Features)
Howard (Disney+)
Mucho Mucho Amor (Netflix)
Scream, Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street (Virgil FIlms/Shudder)
Visible: Out on Television (Apple TV+)
We Are The Radical Monarchs (PBS POV)
Welcome to Chechnya (HBO)

Outstanding Comedy Series
Big Mouth 
Dead to Me (Netflix)
Everything’s Gonna Be Okay (Freeform)
Harley Quinn (HBO Max)
Love, Victor (Hulu)
Saved by the Bell (Peacock)
Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
Sex Education (Netflix)
Superstore (NBC)
Twenties (BET)

Outstanding Drama Series
9-1-1: Lone Star 
Killing Eve (BBC America)
P-Valley (Starz)
Ratched (Netflix)
Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
Supergirl (The CW)
The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
Vida (Starz)
The Wilds (Amazon)
Wynonna Earp (Syfy)

Outstanding TV Movie
Alice Júnior 
Bad Education (HBO)
The Christmas House (Hallmark Channel)
The Christmas Setup (Lifetime)
Dashing in December (Paramount Network)
La Leyenda Negra (HBO Latino/HBO Max)
The Thing About Harry (Freeform)
Uncle Frank (Amazon Studios)
Unpregnant (HBO Max)
Your Name Engraved Herein (Netflix)

Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series
Dispatches from Elsewhere 
The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix)
Hollywood (Netflix)
I May Destroy You (HBO)
Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)

Outstanding Reality Program
Deaf U 
Legendary (HBO Max)
Queer Eye (Netflix)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
We’re Here (HBO) 

Special Recognition
After Forever (Amazon)
Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast
Happiest Season Soundtrack (Facet/Warner Records)
Noah’s Arc: The ‘Rona Chronicles (Patrik Ian-Polk Entertainment)
Out (Pixar/Disney+)
Razor Tongue (YouTube)
“The Son” Little America (Apple TV+)