GLAAD Media Awards Love "Albert Nobbs," J. Edgar," "Beginners!" See Complete List and Video of Nominations! 

The fantastic LGBT organization Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has announced the nominees for their 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards. "Albert Nobbs," "Beginners," and "J. Edgar" are duking it out for the Outstanding Film of the Year -- Wide Release.

In Outstanding Film Limited Release category, "Circumstance," "Gun Hill Road," Pariah," "Tomboy," and "Weekend" are vying for the award. (Check video of GLAAD Media Award nominees below)

According to GLAAD, the very best in LGBT-inclusive journalism, television, film, music and more will be celebrated and honored in New York on March 24; Los Angeles on April 21; and San Francisco on June 2.

Here's the complete list of nominees (for nominees/winners of other award-giving bodies, check out our updated Awards Avenue coverage right here)

23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees:

Outstanding Film - Wide Release

Albert Nobbs - Roadside Attractions
Beginners - Focus Features
J. Edgar - Warner Bros. Pictures

Outstanding Film - Limited Release

Circumstance - Roadside Attractions
Gun Hill Road - Motion Film Group
Pariah - Focus Features
Tomboy - Rocket Releasing
Weekend - Sundance Selects

Outstanding Drama Series

Degrassi - TeenNick
Grey's Anatomy - ABC
Pretty Little Liars - ABC Family
Shameless - Showtime
Torchwood: Miracle Day - Starz

Outstanding Comedy Series

Exes and Ohs - Logo
Glee - Fox
Happy Endings - ABC
Modern Family - ABC
The Big C - Showtime

Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character)

"Acceptance" Man Up! - ABC
"Beards" Hot in Cleveland - TV Land
"Prom" Drop Dead Diva - Lifetime
"Recruited" NCIS - CBS
"The Boy Has Style" Are We There Yet? - TBS

Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series

Cinema Verite - HBO

Outstanding Documentary

Becoming Chaz - OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell - HBO
The World's Worst Place to be Gay? - Logo
Two Spirits - PBS
We Were Here - Red Flag Releasing

Outstanding Reality Program

Dancing with the Stars - ABC
Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys - Sundance Channel
The Glee Project - Oxygen
The Real L Word - Showtime
The Voice - NBC

Outstanding Talk Show Episode

"Chaz Bono" Late Show with David Letterman - CBS
"Children & Teens Caught in the Wrong Bodies" Anderson - syndicated
"Coming Out on the Oprah Show: 25 Years of Unforgettable Guests" - The Oprah Winfrey Show - syndicated
"The Wedding of Scott Cronick & David Gorshein" Conan - TBS
"Zach Wahls" The Ellen DeGeneres Show - syndicated

Outstanding Daily Drama

All My Children - ABC
Days of Our Lives - NBC

Outstanding TV Journalism - News Magazine

"Day One" The Rachel Maddow Show - MSNBC
"Finding Home" In the Life - PBS
"GLBT in Texas" Spotlight DFW - KXAS TV-5 [Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas]
"The 'Sissy Boy' Experiments" Anderson Cooper 360 - CNN
"They Call it Corrective Rape" World's Untold Stories - CNN

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment

"Battle Against Bullying" ABC World News With Diane Sawyer - ABC
"Children of LGBT Parents" MSNBC News Live - MSNBC
"Gay Dads Adopt 12 Kids" Good Morning America - ABC
"Kye Allums" Outside the Lines - ESPN
"Split by Potential Deportation" CNN Newsroom - CNN

Outstanding Newspaper Article

"AIDS @ 30" (series) Windy City Times [Chicago, Ill.]
"Coming Out to America" by Melanie Asmar, Westword [Denver, Colo.]
"Even on Religious Campuses, Students Fight for Gay Identity" by Erik Eckholm, The New York Times
"Led by the Child Who Simply Knew" by Bella English, The Boston Globe
"Local Lesbian Couple Navigates Life’s Daily Challenges as Parents" by Najla Amundson, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead [Fargo, N.D.]

Outstanding Newspaper Columnist

Alfred Doblin - The Record [Bergen, N.J.]
Craig Wilson - USA Today
Frank Bruni - The New York Times
Maureen Dowd - The New York Times
Peg McEntee - The Salt Lake Tribune

Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage

Pioneer Press [St. Paul, Minn.]
The Boston Globe
The New York Times
The Oregonian [Portland, Ore.]
The Salt Lake Tribune

Outstanding Magazine Article

"15th Anniversary of the Passage of the Defense of Marriage Act" (series) by Chris Geidner, Metro Weekly
"Black & Gay in Corporate America" by Carolyn M. Brown, Black Enterprise
"Making It Work" by Rod McCullom, Ebony
"The Secret I Don't Want to Keep Anymore" by Janet Mock as told to Kierna Mayo, Marie Claire
"Transitions" by Eliza Gray, The New Republic

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage

Entertainment Weekly
The Advocate/Out
US Weekly

Outstanding Digital Journalism Article

"Adam and Pete: Love in a Time of War" by Max J. Rosenthal,
"Black and Transgender: A Double Burden" by Kellee Terrell,
"Soldier Leaves Legacy Much Larger Than 'He Was Gay'" by Wayne Drash,
"The Rainbow Struggle" (series)
"What are Little Boys Made Of" by Jim Burroway,

Outstanding Digital Journalism - Multimedia

"Breaking Boundaries" by Eliza Gray and Margy Slattery,
"Coming Out" by Sarah Kramer,
"Glamorous Gay Dance Scene a 'Family Affair'" by Brooke Sopelsa and Drew Katchen,
"Injustice at Every Turn"
"Transgender: A Special Report" (series) - [Albany, N.Y.]

Outstanding Blog

Bilerico Project
New Civil Rights Movement
Rod 2.0

Outstanding Music Artist

Beverly McClellan, Fear Nothing - Oarfin Records
Girl in a Coma, Exits & All the Rest - Blackheart Records
Hunx and His Punx, Too Young to Be in Love - Hardly Art
Lady Gaga, Born This Way - Interscope Records
MEN, Talk About Body - IAMSOUND Records

Outstanding Comic Book

Avengers: The Children's Crusade by Allan Heinberg, Marvel
Batwoman by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman, DC Comics
Secret Six by Gail Simone, DC Comics
Vonica Presents: Kevin Keller by Dan Parent, Archie Comics
X-Factor by Peter David, Marvel Comics

Outstanding Los Angeles Theater

Bonded by Donald Jolly
House of the Rising Son by Tom Jacobson
Killer Queen: The Story of Paco the Pink Pounder by Peter Griggs
No Word in Guyanese for Me by Wendy Graf
Who's Your Daddy? by Johnny O'Callaghan

Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway and Off-Broadway

Maple & Vine by Jordan Harrison
Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott
Sons of the Prophet by Stephen Karam
The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures by Tony Kushner
Unnatural Acts: Harvard's Secret Court of 1920 conceived by Tony Speciale

Outstanding New York Theater: Off-Off Broadway

She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen
Southern Comfort book and lyrics by Dan Collins, music by Julianne Wick Davis
The Dog and Pony Show (Bring Your Own Pony) by Holly Hughes
The Escape Artist book by John Kelly, songs by John Kelly & Carol Lipnik
The Momentum by Boo Killebrew, Geoffrey Decas O'Donnell & Jordan Seavey

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"The Help," "Harry Potter," "Bridesmaids" Receive Nominations from Costume Designers Guild! See Complete List! 

The Costume Designers Guild has announced the nominees for its 14th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards. Nominations are broken down into three separate categories namely Contemporary, Fantasy, and Period.

We'll find out the winners of the 14th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The gala will be hosted by no other than Jane Lynch!

Here's the complete list of nominees (To find out other winners/nominees of this awards season, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here):

Excellence in Period Film:

“The Artist” (Mark Bridges)
“Jane Eyre” (Michael O’Connor)
“The Help” (Sharen Davis)
“Hugo” (Sandy Powell)
“W.E.” (Arianne Phillips)

Excellence in Fantasy Film:

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ (Jany Temime)
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (Penny Rose)
“Red Riding Hood” (Cindy Evans)
“Thor” (Alexandra Byrne)
“X-Men: First Class” (Sammy Sheldon)

Excellence in Contemporary Film:

“Bridesmaids” (Leesa Evans & Christine Wada)
“The Descendants (Wendy Chuck)
“Drive” (Erin Benach)
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (Trish Summerville)
“Melancholia” (Manon Rasmussen)

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9 Films Left for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar! Check Out Shortlist! 

Round two! Previously, the Academy has announced 63 films vying for Oscar glory, and then there was 9. My home-country, the Philippines, failed to make it. Their submission, "The Women in the Septic Tank" by Marlon Rivera did not make the cut although the film is one of the best of 2011 in Philippine Cinema.

Some early favorites that did not make the shortlist are "The Flowers of War" from China, "The Kid with a Bike" from Belgium (they nominated another Belgian movie called "Bullhead," and one of the most famous snubs from perennial award favorite, Pedro Almodovar, "The Skin I Live In" from Spain. Heck they even ignore Angelina Jolie's Bosnian film "In the Land of Blood and Honey" which received a Golden Globe nomination.

From the 9 shortlist, the Academy will have specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles where they will watch three movies each day from Friday, January 20, through Sunday, January 22. Then...they will cast their ballots.

We'll find out the final five when the 84th Academy Awards nominations are announced on Tuesday, January 24, at 5:30 a.m.

And of course, the Oscars will be presented on Sunday, February 26, at the Kodak Theatre.

And here are the films, listed in alphabetical order by country:

Belgium, "Bullhead," Michael R. Roskam, director;
Canada, "Monsieur Lazhar," Philippe Falardeau, director;
Denmark, "Superclásico," Ole Christian Madsen, director;
Germany, "Pina," Wim Wenders, director;
Iran, "A Separation," Asghar Farhadi, director;
Israel, "Footnote," Joseph Cedar, director;
Morocco, "Omar Killed Me," Roschdy Zem, director;
Poland, "In Darkness," Agnieszka Holland, director;
Taiwan, "Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale," Wei Te-sheng, director.

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Some U.K. Moviegoers Want "The Artist" Refund! They Hate Silent Movies! Argh! 

Can you believe this? It was widely known, I thought, that "The Artist" was a black-and-white SILENT film! But apparently, in some faraway place like the U.K. (HA!) in a little known town called Liverpool, some moviegoers had no clue that "The Artist" was a silent movie!


According to the Hollywood Reporter, "moviegoers in Liverpool demanded a refund after discovering it was a silent movie." The U.K.'s biggest theater chain, Odeon and UCI Cinemas, gave refunds to a handful of customers who had no freaking idea that "The Artist" was beautifully silent!

Now I hope this doesn't start a trend here in the U.S. Let me repeat it again, "THE ARTIST" IS A BEAUTIFUL, SILENT FILM, ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES OF 2011, AND FOR A SILENT MOVIE, THIS HAS A LOT TO SAY!

There you have it.

I'm interviewing James Cromwell tomorrow, this may be a good conversation piece :)

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A Special Viewing of "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2!" Plus, Win to Go to the Real Isle Esme Resort House! 

The catch? You have to be at Target and must attend a "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" DVD release event to get the first viewing of a scene from the finale beginning at 11pm on Feb. 10.

Check out the announcement made by the retail giant right here, where you can also enter to win a 5-night stay at the "Real Isle Esme Resort House" in Rio de Janeiro! Woo hoo, you can reenact the scene featuring Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan) and Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen)! Just don't break the bed HA!

The best part? You'll get your own prop flower from the wedding scene when you purchase the Limited-Collector's Edition DVD of "Breaking Dawn -- Part 1!"

So hurry, hurry, hurry!

The finale is set to be released on Nov. 18th!

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