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Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black was crowned the best comedy series by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation on Saturday during the second half of its 25th annual Media Awards in New York.
During Saturday’s awards, which fund the organization’s efforts to bring stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people and issues to Americans, the group also handed out an honorary award to George Takei as well as prizes for outstanding feature and episodic television, among others.
Taking home the outstanding feature film (wide release) was The Weinstein Co.’s Philomena, with the company’s Concussion earning the prize for limited release film, accepted by star Robin Weigert and writer-director Stacie Passon.
CBS’ Elementary was named outstanding individual episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character) for its “Snow Angels” episode, which featured transgender actress Candis Cayne, who guest starred as Ms. Hudson in the hour. OWN’s Oprah’s Next Chapter took home the outstanding talk show episode for its installment with Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player, and his family.
The win for Orange Is the New Black came after co-star Laverne Cox accepted an honorary award from the LGBT watchdog group last month during the Los Angeles portion of the annual kudos-fest. Cox was joined onstage and accepted the award for outstanding comedy series by her Orange co-stars: Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne, Samira Wiley, Dascha Polanco, Selenis Leyva, Yael Stone, Taryn Manning and Alysia Reiner.
Saturday’s ceremony in New York comes two weeks after GLAAD handed out the first half of its annual awards in Los Angeles. That ceremony featured ABC Family’s The Fosters being named best drama. (Check out the winners here.)
A complete list of winners from the New York ceremony follows:
• Outstanding film limited release: Concussion (RADiUS/The Weinstein Co.)
• Outstanding comedy series: Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
• Outstanding individual episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character): “Snow Angels” Elementary (CBS)
• Outstanding film wide release: Philomena (The Weinstein Co.)
• Outstanding talk show episode: “First Openly Gay NBA Player Jason Collins and His Family” Oprah’s Next Chapter (OWN)
• Outstanding TV Journalism — Newsmagazine: “Transgender at 11: Listening to Jazz” 20/20 (ABC)
• Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “Gay Rights at Work” MSNBC Live (MSNBC)
• Outstanding Magazine Article: “The Hidden War Against Gay Teens” by Alex Morris (Rolling Stone)
• Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: The New Yorker
• Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: “Sex, Lies and HIV: When What You Don’t Tell Your Partner Is a Crime” by Sergio Hernandez (Buzzfeed.com/ProPublica.org)
• Outstanding Blog: The New Civil Rights Movement
• Outstanding Novela: Amores Verdaderos (Univision)
• Outstanding Daytime Talk Show Episode: “Una pareja gay celebrara el Dia del Padre luego de luchar por sus derechos” Despierta America (Univision)
• Outstanding TV Journalism — Newsmagazine: “Rompiendo Estereotipos” Aqui y Ahora (Univision)
• Outstanding Newspaper Article: “Desiguales por imperativo legal” by Jose Angel Gonzalo Garcia de Leon (Diario Las Americas)
• Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: “Richard Blanco: el poeta latino y gay que conquisto a Barack Obama” by Daniel Basteiro (voces.huffingtonpost.com)
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