GLAAD spreads nom love


Julie Taymor's Beatles-tuned "Across the Universe," the Israeli film "The Bubble" and ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" and "Desperate Housewives" are among the films and TV series that have been nominated for the 19th annual GLAAD Media Awards.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced its lineup of nominees -- recognizing works that reflect the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities -- Sunday at the Queer Lounge in Park City.

The awards will be handed out at a cross-country series of ceremonies that will take place at New York's Marriott Marquis on March 17; in South Florida at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (April 12); at Hollywood & Highland's Kodak Theatre (April 26); and at the San Francisco Marriott (May 10).

Special honorees will include Brian Graden, president of entertainment at MTV Networks Music Group and president of Logo, in New York; musicians Janet Jackson and Rufus Wainwright and the late photographer Herb Ritts in Hollywood; "The L Word" co-creator Ilene Chaiken and activist David Mixner in San Francisco; and actor Wilson Cruz in Florida.

Heading the list of 25 English-language categories and 15 Spanish-language categories are the nominees for outstanding film in wide release: "Across the Universe," "The Jane Austen Book Club" and "Stardust."

For outstanding film, limited release, the nominees are "The Bubble," "Dirty Laundry," "Itty Bitty Titty Committee," "Nina's Heavenly Delights" and "Whole New Thing."

Competing for outstanding drama series are "Brothers & Sisters," "Degrassi: The Next Generation," "Dirty Sexy Money," "Greek" and "The L Word."

Outstanding comedy series nominees are "Desperate Housewives," "Exes and Ohs," "The Sarah Silverman Program," "Ugly Betty" and "The War at Home."

Nominated for outstanding TV movie or miniseries are "Daphne," "The DL Chronicles" and "The State Within."

Documentary nominees are "Camp Out," "Cruel and Unusual: Transgender Women in Prison," "For the Bible Tells Me So," "Freddie Mercury: Magic Remixed" and "Small Town Gay Bar."

Reality program nominees are the "Chase/Lane" episode of "Trading Spouses," "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," "Project Runway," "Who Wants to Be a Superhero?" and "Work Out."

Nominated as outstanding music artist are Bloc Party, "A Weekend in the City"; the Cliks, "The Awakening"; Melissa Etheridge, "The Awakening"; Wainwright, "Release the Stars"; and Patrick Wolf, "The Magic Position."