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January 27, 2009

GLAAD for 'Milk,' 'True Blood'

663389__MG_9409a Now, it would've been news if "Milk," "The L Word," and "Brothers & Sisters" didn't make the list of GLAAD nominees for sensitive, real-world portrayals of members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.

But that's not the way it went down.

Have to wonder about that nod for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," though. Was that for the soft-core threesome parts, or the one much-overhyped kiss between Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz? Just curious.

Thrilled to see the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation give props to one of the most daring new TV shows, HBO's "True Blood," and one of its most compelling characters, diner-hash-slinger-and-vampire-blood-dealer-extraordinaire Lafayette (played by Nelsan Ellis, pictured). 

The nods also recognize that the gritty and very male Guy Ritchie caper "RockNRolla" successfully and hilariously showed its homoerotic side, and that Kathy Griffin's "My Life on the D-list" always, always belongs in this company.

More details and a full list of nominees here.

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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

    Here are the best picture contenders in a race that, two weeks away from the Oscars, seems to be a foregone conclusion ("Slumdog") unless there's a come-from-behind possibility ("The Reader" anyone?)

    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; the politically timely "Milk;" rags-to-riches fairy tale, "Slumdog Millionaire," Holocaust best-seller-based drama "The Reader," and Watergate-era biopic "Frost/Nixon."

    Could "Button" and "Slumdog" split the vote, allowing another film to take the prize? Doesn't seem likely. After having clung to "Button" for months as what we thought would be the Academy voters' top vhoice, our money's now on "Slumdog." Momentum can't be ignored.

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