The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards revealed the remainder of this year’s winners in New York at a ceremony hosted Ross Mathews. The Academy Award-winning Call Me By Your Name won Outstanding Film while Handmaid’s Tale actress Samira Wiley was honored with the Vito Russo Award and trailblazing filmmaker Ava DuVernay received the Excellence in Media Award.
The Special Recognition Award was given to Gloria Carter, the mother of Jay Z, for the rapper’s song “Smile,” a groundbreaking track where she came out as a lesbian. Other winners of the evening included Last Week Tonight with John Oliver as well as the documentary Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric.
This year’s ceremony kicked off with a performance of new rendition of “I’m the Only One” from Melissa Etheridge and Adam Lambert to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of Etheridge’s breakthrough album Yes I Am.
The announcement of the awards comes after the first wave of honorees were handed out in April during the Los Angeles ceremony. The New York event continued GLAAD’s Together movement with celebrities and attendees donning blue “&” pins, which represents the organization’s work on intersectional issues including immigration, racial justice, women’s rights, and LGBTQ acceptance. This subtle yet powerful symbol represents the power of solidarity and great accomplishments that occur when marginalized community groups – including women, Muslims, immigrants, and LGBTQ people – resist together.
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Read the complete list of winners below.
Excellence in Media Award: Ava DuVernay (presented by: Senator Cory Booker)
Vito Russo Award: Samira Wiley (presented by Alexis Bledel)
Special Recognition Award: “Smile” by Jay-Z featuring Gloria Carter, 4:44 (accepted by Ms. Gloria Carter)
Outstanding Film – Wide Release: Call Me By Your Name (accepted by Academy Award-winning screenwriter James Ivory and producer Peter Spears)
Outstanding Documentary: Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric (National Geographic)
Outstanding Music Artist: Halsey, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom
Outstanding Talk Show Episode: “Australian Marriage Equality” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: “The Pulse of Orlando: Terror at the Nightclub” Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “Murders Raise Alarm for Transgender Community” NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (NBC)
Outstanding Newspaper Article: “The Silent Epidemic: Black Gay Men and HIV” by Gracie Bonds Staples (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Outstanding Magazine Article: “Forbidden Lives: The Gay Men Who Fled Chechnya’s Purge” by Masha Gessen (The New Yorker)
Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: Billboard
Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia: “’This Is How We Win’: Inside Danica Roem’s Historic Victory” by Diana Tourjée (Broadly.Vice.com)
Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: “Pulse, Huellas de la Masacre” Docufilms (CNN en Español)
Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “Comunidad LGBTQ Vulnerable Bajo Nuevo Gobierno” Perspectiva Nacional (Entravision)
GLAAD previously announced that the short animated short film In A Heartbeat would receive a Special Recognition Award.
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