Among the nominations for its annual entertainment awards, GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy and anti-defamation organization, chose to honor animation's first gay character, a film directed in part by a transgender woman and a character who comes out of the closet in retirement.
GLAAD's five nominees for wide-release films include Fox Searchlight's "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," Focus Features' animated film "ParaNorman", Warner Bros. Tom Hanks-starrer "Cloud Atlas," Summit Entertainment's indie hit "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and the Lynn Shelton dramedy "Your Sister's Sister."
"Marigold Hotel," which was nominated for two Golden Globes and has generated $46 million at the box office, features a sixtysomething's sexual revelation. "ParaNorman" showcases Mitch, a gay jock, as one of its gaggle of young protagonists.
"Cloud Atlas," a box office disappointment, features actors playing characters of different gender and is directed by Larry and Lana Wachowski, along with Tom Tykwer. Ezra Miller plays a gay teen in the angsty coming-of-age tale "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."
Five limited-release films also were lauded by the organization.
"Keep the Lights On" is a fictional story of a documentary filmmaker's relationship with a closeted lawyer. "Mosquita y Mari" centers on two young Chicanas living in Los Angeles.
"Musical Chairs" takes place in the world of competitive ballroom dancing. "North Sea Texas" is about a young boy's infatuation with the next-door neighbor.
"This year's nominees enlighten and entertain, but also reflect a new American landscape where a growing majority accept and value their LGBT family, colleagues and friends," said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. "Now more than ever, viewers not only accept gay and transgender characters and plot lines, they expect them — just as they both accept and expect LGBT people to be a valuable part of their everyday lives."
For a complete list of nominees click here.
The GLAAD Media Awards will be held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco between March and May 2013.