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'Albert Nobbs,' 'J. Edgar,' 'DWTS' among GLAAD Media Award nominees

January 19, 2012 |  3:00 am


The Glenn Close-led period drama "Albert Nobbs," the Clint Eastwood-directed biopic "J. Edgar" and writer-director Mike Mills' indie family film "Beginners" will compete for outstanding feature in wide release at the 22nd GLAAD Media Awards. Nominations were announced early Thursday by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

Close plays the title role in "Nobbs," which is based on a short story by Irish writer George Moore and centers on a woman who disguises herself as a man in order to obtain work, while Eastwood's film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the power-hungry G-man. "Beginners" tells the story of a widower (Christopher Plummer) who comes out to his adult son (Ewan McGregor) near the end of his life.

Nominees for outstanding film in limited release are Iran's "Circumstance," the Esai Morales-starrer "Gun Hill Road," the coming-of-age tale "Pariah" from Focus Features, the French film "Tomboy" and  Germany's gay romance "Weekend."

On the TV side, contending for drama series are TeenNick's "Degrassi," ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," "Pretty Little Liars," from ABC Family, Showtime's "Shameless" and "Torchwood: Miracle Day," which airs on Starz. Vying for outstanding reality program are "Dancing With the Stars," "Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys," "The Glee Project," "The Real L Word" and "The Voice."

In contention for outstanding documentary are "Becoming Chaz," "The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell," "Two Spirits,"  "We Were Here" and "The World's Worst Place to Be Gay."

For a look at the nominations in 25 English-language categories and 35 Spanish-language categories, go to www.glaad.org

The awards will be handed out March 24 at the Marriott Marquis in New York, April 21 at the Westin Bonaventure in L.A. and June 2 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.


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Photo: Glenn Close in the movie "Albert Nobbs" Credit: Roadside Attractions