Last night was an amazing event, as celebrities and guests gathered for the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.
Legendary Rita Moreno presented the Vanguard Award to Jennifer Lopez, Ellen Page presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to transgender actress Laverne Cox, and Norman Lear received the Pioneer Award.
The evening was hosted by E!’s Ross Mathews and additional special guests included Lupita Nyong’o, Johnny Galecki, Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Eric Dane, Frank DeCaro, Rebecca Gayheart, Jim Colucci, Alex Newell, Naomi Campbell, Kat Graham, Maria Menounos, Sherri Saum, Teri Polo, Casper Smart, Peter Paige, Lucas Neff, Meghan McCain, Debby Boone, Caitlin Stasey, Luke Newberry, Chaz Bono, Shane Bitney Crone, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall, John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere, Jill Soloway, Amy Landecker, Suzanne Westenhoefer, Ian Harvie; GLAAD National Spokespersons, Wilson Cruz and Omar Sharif, Jr., and GLAAD CEO & President Sarah Kate Ellis, among many others!
Actor Frank DeCaro and author Jim Colucci both spoke to Monsters and Critics this morning about the gala event.
“I love Wilson Cruz and his activism, but his stage time last night went on longer than My So-Called Life.” said Frank DeCaro, Sirius XM Satellite Radio host and actor.
“Ironically, the sight of 80-something Rita Moreno in leather and studs and Jennifer Lopez in just about anything had half the gay boys in the room offering to go straight…” quipped Jim Colucci, author of “The Q Guide to The Golden Girls.”
DeCaro recently was a special guest appearing in stage show “The Meeting,” hosted by Justin Sayre at The Bootleg Theater on Friday, April 11th.
LIST OF AWARD RECIPIENTS: 25TH ANNUAL GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS – BEVERLY HILTON HOTEL IN LOS ANGELES, APRIL 12, 2014
GLAAD Media Award recipients were announced in 12 of this year’s 29 media categories at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, presented nationally by Ketel One Vodka, Wells Fargo, and Hilton Worldwide, and locally by Delta Air Lines and Bud Light, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday night.
• Pioneer Award: Norman Lear (presented by Wilson Cruz)
• Vanguard Award: Jennifer Lopez (presented by Rita Moreno)
• Stephen F. Kolzak Award: Laverne Cox, star of Orange is the New Black (presented by Ellen Page)
• International Advocate for Change Award: Manny de Guerre, founder of the Side by Side LGBT Film Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia (presented by Maria Menounos)
• Outstanding Documentary: TIE: Bridegroom (Virgil Films / OWN) [accepted by: Shane Bitney Crone and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason] and Call Me Kuchu (Cinedigm) [accepted by: co-directors Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall, and Ugandan activist John “Long Jones” Abdallah Wambere]
• Outstanding Drama Series: The Fosters (ABC Family) [accepted by: co-creators Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg with stars Sheri Saum and Teri Polo]
• Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series: Behind the Candelabra (HBO)
• Outstanding Reality Program: Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce (Fuse)
• Outstanding Daily Drama: Days of Our Lives (NBC)
• Outstanding Newspaper Article: “LGBTQ in the Capital” (series) by Melissa Griffiths (Juneau Empire [Juneau, Alaska])
• Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia: “We Are Here: LGBTI in Uganda” by Sunnivie Brydum, D. David Robinson (Advocate.com)
• Outstanding Music Artist: Tegan and Sara, Heartthrob (Warner Bros. Records)
• Outstanding Comic Book: Young Avengers, written by Kieron Gillen (Marvel Comics)
• Outstanding Talk Show Interview: TIE: “Debate por la igualdad” Al Punto (Univision) and “Decisión Histórica” Sin Límites con Elizabeth Espinosa (CNN en Español)
• Outstanding Local TV Journalism: “Natalia: rompiendo barreras” Noticiero Telemundo Arizona (KTAZ-39 [Phoenix, Ariz.])
• Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “Decisión Histórica” Noticiero Telemundo (Telemundo)
• Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia: “Eric y Juan, un matrimonio feliz a pesar de todo” by Fernando Mexia (EFE.com)
Additional awards will be presented at the GLAAD Media Awards event in New York on Saturday, May 3.
For more information, visit www.glaad.org.