Wainwright among honorees at GLAAD Awards

Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:17am EDT
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NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Rufus Wainwright, MTV Networks president Brian Graden and the CBS soap opera "As The World Turns" were among the big winners Monday at the 19th annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards.

Strand Releasing's Middle East political romance "The Bubble" and Paramount's fantasy "Stardust" (featuring Robert De Niro as a gay pirate) took home outstanding film awards, as did First Run's documentary "For the Bible Tells Me So."

"Turns" won the award for outstanding daily drama. The show includes a gay romantic story line.

Judy Shepard won the top Excellence in Media Award for her efforts to stop anti-gay violence after the death of her son Matthew Shepard. Graden took home the Vito Russo Award for his networks' inclusion of gays in programming, and cable network BET J won special recognition for the same.

ABC's "Boston Legal" won the nod for outstanding individual episode (in a series without a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered character in its regular cast) for "Do Tell."

Segments from CBS' "60 Minutes" ("Don't Ask Don't Tell") and ABC's "20/20" ("My Secret Self: A Story of Transgender Children") tied for outstanding TV newsmagazine journalism. The award for outstanding TV journalism news segment went to CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" for "The First Casualty."

Wainwright was named outstanding music artist for his "Release the Stars" album. Terry Moore's "Strangers in Paradise" took the honors as outstanding comic book.

Twenty-six of GLAAD's 40 awards were presented Monday at New York's Marriott Marquis.

Additional awards will be presented in South Florida on April 12 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Los Angeles on April 26 at the Kodak Theatre, and in San Francisco on May 10 at the San Francisco Marriott.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Brian Graden, president of programming at MTV, VH1, CMT, and Logo, accepts an award during the 19th annual GLAAD Media awards in New York March 17, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>