‘Carol,’ ‘The Danish Girl’ among GLAAD Media Awards nominees

Cate Blanchett is shown in a scene from "Carol." (Photo credit: The Weinstein Company)

Cate Blanchett is shown in a scene from “Carol.” (Photo credit: The Weinstein Company)

By Derrik J. Lang
AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES — “The Danish Girl” is up for a GLAAD Media Award in a year where a record number of nominees feature transgender characters and subject matter.

The gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy group announced the 101 nominees for its 27th annual honors on Wednesday.

Academy Award contenders “The Danish Girl” and “Carol” are up for outstanding wide-release film alongside “Dope,” “Freeheld” and “Grandma.” The awards honor outstanding images of the LGBT community in music, movies, TV and journalism.

Netflix earned the most nods in the TV categories. The streaming service’s “Orange is the New Black,” “Master of None” and “Grace and Frankie” are nominated for outstanding comedy series with “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Faking It,” “Looking,” “Modern Family,” “Please Like Me,” “Transparent” and “Vicious.”

In the TV drama category, Netflix’s “Sense8” will face off against “Arrow,” “Black Sails,” “Empire,” “The Fosters,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Nashville,” “Orphan Black” and “Shameless.”

The organization said that for the first time over 50 percent of the English-language nominations featured transgender characters and subject matter, including series such as Amazon’s “Transparent” and E!’s “I Am Cait.”

“This year’s nominees have raised the bar for creating thoughtful and diverse LGBT images and story lines, deepening audiences’ understanding of LGBT people and accelerating acceptance across the world,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement.

The awards will be presented this spring in Los Angeles and New York. The ceremonies will be televised in a one-hour special airing on Logo in April.

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