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Facts and Figures for the
17th Annual GLAAD Media Awards

publications & resources > resource documents > Facts and Figures for the
17th Annual GLAAD Media Awards


January 23, 2006

Contact: Nick Adams, Media Awards Communications Manager
Phone: (323) 634-2043    Email: adams@glaad.org

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TOTAL NUMBER OF NOMINEES: 159

(114 English, 45 Spanish-language)

TOTAL NUMBER OF GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS CATEGORIES: 40

(25 English, 15 Spanish-language)

SPECIAL RECOGNITION:

In addition to 113 nominees in the competitive categories, GLAAD will also present a Special Recognition Award to the music video for Bright Eyes' "First Day of My Life," from the album I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning. The song is a beautiful tale of new love, and the music video captures the universality of the song's message by including gay and lesbian representations.

Directed by John Cameron Mitchell, the writer, director and star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, "First Day of My Life" features gay, lesbian, and straight couples as they sit on a couch with headphones on, listening the song for the first time. The video itself is quite simple in its concept, yet manages to be powerfully touching as the couples are shown reacting to the song, written by Conor Oberst.

FACTS ABOUT THE NOMINEES:

Queer as Folk (Showtime) and Six Feet Under (HBO) ended their runs in 2005 and are nominated this year for the last time. Both were nominated for Outstanding Drama Series each year they were eligible, with Six Feet Under having won the award four times.

Several television shows that debuted in 2005 are nominated this year: Commander in Chief (ABC), My Name is Earl (NBC), Out of Practice (CBS), Shameless (BBC America), and South of Nowhere (The N).

Gay cowboys are prominently featured in several of this year's nominees: Brokeback Mountain (Outstanding Film - Wide Release), "Gay Rodeo" Only in America (Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine), and "The Gay Rodeo Rides Again," Details (Outstanding Magazine Article).

In 2004, the media created a frenzy over J.L. King's book, On the Down Low. In 2005, other voices in the LGBT community presented an alternative point of view on this issue and earned nominations: "Secret Sex Lives," Anderson Cooper 360° (Outstanding TV Journalism - News Segment), "A Down Low Dirty Shame," by Joshunda Sanders, Bitch (Outstanding Magazine Article), and "The Lowdown on the Downlow," by Bruce Dixon, BlackCommentator.com (Outstanding Digital Journalism Article).

"The Mirror" episode of Nightline, which is nominated for Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine, is based on a story by Anne Hull that ran in 2004 in The Washington Post and was named Outstanding Newspaper Article at the 16th GLAAD Media Awards.

At the age of 21, Emily Alpert is among the youngest nominees in the GLAAD Media Awards 17-year history. She is nominated twice this year for Outstanding Digital Journalism, and was also nominated last year in the same category when she was only 20-years-old.

For the first time, the Outstanding TV Journalism award has been split into two categories for Newsmagazine and News Segment.

FACTS ABOUT THE SHOW:

For the second consecutive year, the GLAAD Media Awards will air on Logo. This year, for the first time, VH1, Logo's sister network, will also air the show. The Logo airdate is April 15, 2006, with the VH1 airing following on April 16, 2006.

This year marks the first time that the Spanish-language GLAAD Media Awards will be presented in a separate ceremony, to be held in Miami, Florida on May 25, 2006.

MULTIPLE NOMINEES:

Studios
Sony [includes Sony Pictures Classics] (3)

Broadcast Networks
NBC (5)
ABC (4)
CBS (4)

Cable Networks
Showtime (4)
CNN (3)
ESPN (3)
BBC America (2)
HBO (2)
MTVu (2)

Television Shows
Anderson Cooper 360° (2)
ESPN SportsCenter (2)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (2)

Newspapers & Magazines
The Washington Post (3)
San Francisco Chronicle (2)
Time Out New York (2)
USA Today (2)

Comic Book Publisher
DC Comics (3)

Music Label
Daemon Records (2)

Digital Journalism Outlet
InTheFray.com (2)

SPANISH-LANGUAGE CATEGORIES

Television Networks
Telemundo (9)
Univision (8)
Azteca América (5)

Television Shows
Decisiones (2)
El Show de Rocío (2)

Newspapers & Magazines
TV Notas (6)
Primera Hora [San Juan, Puerto Rico] (3)
El Diario/La Prensa [New York] (2)
Hoy [New York] (2)
People en Español (2)

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