Singer Sam Smith, 'Imitation Game,''Transparent' receive GLAAD nods

Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:04am EST
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - British singer Sam Smith, historical thriller "The Imitation Game" and the hit TV series "Transparent," "Game of Thrones" and "Orange is the New Black" were among the nominees announced on Wednesday for 26th annual GLAAD Awards.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization said the equality and visibility of how the LGBT community is portrayed in the media has improved.

"It has been a good year for LGBT media representation, particularly on television and for the transgender community," said Nick Adams, GLAAD's director of communications and special projects.

GLAAD announced 144 nominees in 31 English and Spanish language categories for the awards that will be presented at ceremonies in Los Angeles on March 21 and New York on May 9.

Best picture Oscar nominee "The Imitation Game" will vie with the gay marriage film "Love is Strange," the British comedy-drama "Pride," "The Skeleton Twins" about reunited siblings and the Melissa McCarthy comedy "Tammy" for the best wide-release film award.

Smith is up against singer/songwriter Mary Lambert, folk singer Mary Gauthier, rapper Angel Haze and punk rock band Against Me! in the outstanding artist category.

To reflect the increasing diversity of LGBT storylines, GLAAD expanded the comedy and drama series categories from five to 10 nominees this year.

"Modern Family," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," MTV's "Faking It," "Glee" and HBO's "Looking" received nods in the comedy category along with Netflix's "Orange is The New Black," cable channel Pivot's "Please Like Me," "Sirens," Amazon's Golden Globe winner "Transparent" and "Vicious"   Continued...

Sam Smith performs at the Z100's Jingle Ball 2014 at Madison Square Garden in New York December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/Files