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Supernatural, Batwoman, Orphan Black Snag GLAAD Award Nominations


Yup. You read that right. Supernatural, a show outdone in sheer amount of queerbaiting only by Sherlock (yeah, I said it), got nominated for an award meant to honor the portrayal of LGBT persons in media. What’s more, the reason for the nom actually makes sense! Thanks, Felicia Day. We owe you one or five.

The Supernatural nod comes courtesy of the episode “LARP and the Real Girl,” which featured the return of lesbian/computer hacker/LARP goddess Charlie, played by Day. I stopped watching Supernatural a ways back, but what I’ve heard about Charlie is that she’s refreshingly non-sexualized compared to other shows, which all too often present lesbians as objects of sexual titillation for men.

Other nominated movies and shows of particular relevance to our sphere of interest include: Orange is the New Black (Lori Petty‘s going to be in season two, did you hear?), The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (it got nominated for something!), Orphan Black, Blue is the Warmest Color, and Elementary. Of particular interest to me is the nod for Please Like Me, an Australian comedy that aired on Pivot. Go watch the trailer. It’s great. And available on iTunes, if you’re so inclined.

And then there’s the outstanding comic category, which features Batwoman among its nominees. If you’ll remember, 2013 saw the character propose to her girlfriend, but then the creative team left on account of DC kiboshing that storyline out of a hate-on for married superheroes. The kerfluffle wasn’t exactly a highlight for LGBT representation in comics, but we’re pretty pleased at Blackman, Williams III, and Andreyko getting singled out for some respect. Other nominees that category were Fearless Defenders, Husbands, Life with Archie, and Young Avengers.

A partial list of nominees is below. If you want to see the all of them (Outstanding Talk Show Interview, anyone?), head to The Hollywood Reporter.

Outstanding Film – Wide Release
Blue Is the Warmest Color
Dallas Buyers Club
Kill Your Darlings
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Philomena

Outstanding Drama Series
The Fosters
Grey’s Anatomy
Orphan Black
Pretty Little Liars
Shameless

Outstanding Comedy Series
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Glee
Modern Family
Orange is the New Black
Please Like Me

Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character)
“Bride and Prejudice,” The Soul Man
“LARP and the Real Girl,” Supernatural
“Secret Lives,” Drop Dead Diva
“Snow Angels,” Elementary
“There’s the Door,” Necessary Roughness

Outstanding Comic Book
Batwoman, written by W. Haden Blackman, J.H. Williams III, Marc Andreyko
Fearless Defenders, written by Cullen Bunn
Husbands, written by Jane Espenson, Brad Bell
Life with Archie, written by Paul Kupperberg
Young Avengers, written by Kieron Gillen

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  • http://anna.balasi.com/ AnnaB

    I have prayed and prayed that Charlie would become a regular on Supernatural. For a while I thought she would be since she began showing up more frequently in episodes, and she wasn’t going to have the baggage of her falling for any of the Winchester boys, but then Dorothy dazzled and brought her to the land of Oz. It doesn’t means she couldn’t come back from it, but I find it hard to believe that a LARPer would leave Oz for plain ole, Apocalypse-ridden, Demon-Angel infested Earth.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    I almost hope she stays there. If she comes back she’ll probably get killed.

  • Ruby Dynamite

    If they killed Charlie off, the fans would RIOT.

    Becky was the (funny, if rather unflattering) early-season writing team’s view of the fans, but Charlie is the best possible representation of Supernatural’s fans: smart, funny, nerdy as all hell, capable and strong.

    I thought Dorothy was meh and was highly unthrilled when they used such a mediocre character as an excuse to drag off one of my favorite new characters in recent years.

    Hopefully, Charlie comes back, minus Dorothy, and gives Gilda a call – I thought they were adorable together in LARP and the Real Girl ^.^

  • Charlie

    It’s just a shame they shove nearly every female character in the fridge. I love the show but it’s getting a bit tiresome.

    I’m kind of happy there’s a geek girl called Charlie in Supernatural canon though….no reason. *whistles*

  • locuas

    a shame because a lesbian character meant that supernatural could have a female lead without making the fangirls angry having her in the way of their Wincest

  • locuas

    The Fosters is an amazing show with an increibly good cast. It deserves to win the award.

  • aerinha23

    Becky was funny until she magically “drugged” Sam into marrying her…arguably the worst episode of SPN. Non-consent city, plus just bad, IMO. Left a terrible taste in my mouth. She became a representation of only the worst of fandom, whereas Charlie is exactly what you say. If you threaten us we will indeed threaten you back with replica prop swords. :)

    When I watched the Oz episode, I realized about 15 minutes in that Supernatural was PASSING THE BECHDEL TEST. I almost fell off the couch. I’d take just-OK Dorothy back in a heartbeat if it meant we could have Charlie.

  • http://elisabethflaum.wordpress.com/ Elwyne

    Damn. Felicia Day, head to head with the spectacular Mrs. Hudson. I don’t know what to want.

  • http://anna.balasi.com/ AnnaB

    That’s highly likely (she already got killed, btw), but in fairness, everyone except Sam, Dean, and Castiel get killed–or I should say, not raised back from the dead–on that show. Then again, I should put Charlie on that list, since she was raised from the dead too. Still, I agree with Ruby, if they kill Charlie, fans would riot. I would riot. I would be livid.

  • Ruby Dynamite

    Or Dean/Cas, for that matter. ^.^

    That said, I would *love* to have Charlie back as a regular or more frequently recurring character, but I’m afraid that with Felicia’s busy schedule (what with Geek & Sundry and all), she just wouldn’t have the kind of time to commit to that much work. Which is a huge bummer, because the guys love her, the Supernatural fans love her, and we all want to see more of Charlie.

  • Erin Treat

    I’m just so happy Pretty Little Liars got nominated finally. It was such a slap in the face last year when Glee of all things was and PLL was ignored. PLL has some of the best lesbian and queer female representation on US TV. Emily Fields as a lesbian of color is so amazing! And Paige McCullers is an incredibly important character for young women and girls growing up dealing with homophobia and bullying to have on their TV screens. She came out the other side with her head held high and she got the girl. Fuck yeah! :D

  • Travis

    You say that as though the show doesn’t put nearly all its characters in the fridge.

  • Duke Red

    Never thought i’d see The Mortal Instruments nominated for any awards.

  • Charlie

    It would be nice if at least one woman was allowed to stick around for a while.

    The writers are extremely death happy though yes.

  • http://readingwatchinglookingandstuff.blogspot.com/ Janna

    Yay for Young Avengers and Kieron Gillen!

  • Lapin

    I really want to see Kill Your Darlings, but it seems like it’ll be awhile before it’s on DVD. (Also, if you look at the movie in geek terms, it’s got Harry Potter and the new Harry Osborn playing a couple!)

  • literary_lottie

    Yeah, I was thinking that’s a bit of a presumptive statement.

  • Anonymous

    It kills a lot of characters, that’s true, but an inordinate number of female characters exist solely to give the boys something to angst about. The male characters who died at least were granted agency beyond that.

  • Anonymous

    So, so, SO true. I can’t help but think one of the reasons Charlie is so beloved by the fans is purely because she’s a lesbian and thus cannot interfere with Sam or Dean and their love lives. She’s “not a threat.” Goodness knows how it’s gone for the string of other women the brothers have loved and lost — by terrible murdery/fridging happenings.

  • Anonymous

    I am such a huge fan of Emily and her becoming a strong young woman arc. It has been awesome. They also dealt with some great sexuality, identity, and homophobia issues, which was great too.

    I think the character of Paige is an interesting one, but I’m someone that doesn’t really like the Paige/Emily pairing due to the whole, you know, Paige trying to KILL/DROWN Emily due to rivalry/internalized homophobia. And then you show an abused person going on to date their attempted murderer/abuser? Uhhh, no.

  • Flitzy

    Honestly, the spin-off NEEDS to be Dorothy and Charlie in Oz, though. I mean it was ALL THERE and I need it!

  • Flitzy

    I actually liked the Charlie/Winchester dynamic specifically because it wasn’t a romantic lead. I thought the fact that when they were together, it was just such an adorable sister/brother friendship that I can’t help but squeal. <3 I mean they all look out for each other, it's just perfect!

  • Flitzy

    Ahh, Orphan Black and PLL are in the same category?! My heart can’t take having to choose (but I will because OB is just perfect <3)

  • aerinha23

    That ending was pretty terrible in what was otherwise a fairly good episode. I mean, dude. I know the masculine stereotyping of Dean is sometimes intentional/conscious, but let’s acknowledge that sex with the hot chick who tried to kill you isn’t exactly the greatest. Also, “I had my angel blade?” Ugh. But then I think the writers have had trouble figuring out Cas the entire season thus far, except in the post-hiatus return. He’s way too blase about all the crap he’s been put through.

    I will mourn Benny forever. Kevin too, but poor Benny…

  • aerinha23

    So cute. And she brings out other sides of the boys (Dean & Sam LARPing? OH MY GOD. And they get to have a friend!). I can only imagine what she and Cas would make of each other…after all, has Cas even met a woman who wasn’t evil, manipulative, or at best shallow since Jo and Ellen? She’s a character development catalyst and we need her!

  • Penny Marie Sautereau

    Happy to see Elementary get a nod for their awesome take on Ms Hudson, infuriated to see Glee get a GLAAD nom for ANYTHING.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Have they added a canon LGBT character? I thought Charlie was just a guest star.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Wait, wait, what in the fudge? Oz? For serious? I watched two episodes of Supernatural, then never got around to catching up. Oz? Like, Oz Oz or a similar to but not quite Oz? Dorothy? GAIL?

    I am missing something amazing here.

  • Melynda

    Oz. It’s supposedly part of the fairy realm or some such thing. I thought it was a rather subpar SPN episode so I didn’t pay that much attention.

  • Melynda

    Well, they haven’t really had that problem this season since Charlie’s been gone. They just haven’t bothered introducing new female characters. Well, except Tara the Hunter two eps ago who almost immediately got killed.

  • Melynda

    Not really since none of the regular cast of characters are canonically LGBT.

  • http://anna.balasi.com/ AnnaB

    Well, they didn’t bring the gang to Oz so much as brought Oz to the gang, so no, you didn’t miss any kind of Endless Wonder. It’s mostly Men of Letter stuff. Dorothy was there. So was the witch. I only really liked the episode because Charlie was there, but “LARP and the Real Girl” is, by far, her best episode.

  • Flitzy

    Omgyes! Or the episode this series were they were just watching movies and relaxing. AH CUTE ALL OF THEM! I mean I know she’s not ENTIRELY outside of the hunter life but I feel like Charlie let’s Dean and Sam just be themselves for a while rather than being in hunter mode 100% of the time. :)

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Thanks for the info!

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I am slightly disappointed. Thanks for the info!

  • Erin Treat

    There was no drowning attempt thank you very much. She was a 16 year old girl full of self loathing who tried to scare the girl who held a mirror up to the parts she tried to hide. It was NOT attempted murder. Paige didn’t try to shoot Emily and miss or something. Give me a break. She dunked her to scare her. Marlene King, Maya Goldsmith and Joseph Dougherty have all said it was not a drowning attempt as well, but I don’t see why it was necessary since just by watching the show that was obvious.

  • Ruby Dynamite

    Well, it’s not *the* writers so much as the two writers in particular. The Buckner/Ross-Leming writing tag team were the ones responsible for that atrocious ‘dead reaper was soo hawt’ episode (and many others this season so far, which is why Cas’s human arc was been handled so freaking poorly and has been such a disappointment). Plus, the brilliant Ben Edlund got lured away to work on Revolution for Kripke. Of all the writers on the show, Ben wasn’t just the best, he was the best at writing for Cas specifically. It absolutely broke my heart when he left. I really hope he comes back, at some point.

    I really would like to see Benny come back at some point. I mean, it’s Supernatural – anything’s possible.

  • aerinha23

    Ah, thanks for the clarification. I hadn’t noticed that it was the same people consistently writing the cringe-worthy OOC Cas (as opposed to the believable secretly-hanging-by-a-thread Cas Berens wrote this season). But some of the other writers seem off their mark too–Thompson, who originated Charlie and wrote all her delicious delicious episodes, wrote “First Born” this year, which had a potentially great story but the dialogue felt really forced to me. I guess the big shifts in the writing team are still settling out.

    I want Edlund back too! On the Head of a Pin is maybe the best singe-hour episode of television ever. Just wow. :)

  • Charlie

    A veteran hunter who apparently missed a demon at close range with a shotgun.

  • Charlie

    I think it’s healthy to be able to criticise things you enjoy. A lot of people don’t understand when I criticise female characters and related issues in video games and comics but they are my favourite things.

  • Ruby Dynamite

    Oh yeah. It seems like Cas wasn’t in the first half of the season that much, but if he was, it was usually Buckleming who got to write the episode, which explains all the general freaking weirdness with Cas during the whole human phase.

    “First Born” wasn’t a terrible episode, but I absolutely agree with you on the ‘forced’ thing – it’s like yeah, Dean and Crowley hunting together while Cas and Sam get to hang out is okay (although I think the fact that Jard and Misha haven’t had much screentime together these last few years thanks to Jared’s penchant for take-ruining shenanigans made everything between Sam and Cas feel strange and off and awkward between the two of them, when they’ve never been that way before – but then, you have to remember, this is basically the first scenes that Sam and Cas have had on their own since season *SIX*), and Cain was MAGNIFICENT and a BAMF, and they need to have him back on the show as. much. as. humanly. possible.

    “First Born” was only the third episode out of the entire season that I actually made a point of rewatching — the first one being the train wreck that was “Heaven Can Wait” and then “Bad Boys” (which was my favorite episode until “First Born” this last week). Considering I wound up rewatching almost all of the episodes from last season multiple times, that sadly says a lot about how crap the season has been thus far. Carver had done *so* well mending the rift between Dean and Cas and trying to get them back to a good place, and now he’s gone off the reservation again. So frustrating. >.<

    And I absolutely agree – "On the Head of a Pin" is tied with "The Man Who Would Be King" for most perfect episode ever, and he wrote 'em both! XD Ben was always the one who seemed to understand Cas the best and imbued him with this wonderful poetry that most of the writers on the new team just don't have. I mean, we go from "Strange how a leaky pipe can undo the work of angels when we ourselves are supposed to be the agents of fate," to "she was haaaawwwwwt." Just. Ugh. Gross. Make those two go away D:

  • http://melancholywise.tumblr.com/ Sophie

    I definitely agree. I do this with a lot of things, and actually sometimes I just let myself relax and ignore less blatant problems with certain shows –I have a three week rule with Sherlock wherein for the time it is on I will just bask in my fannish love of it, and after it’s finished I will think about all the issues I’ve set aside– because sometimes you just need to be able to switch off. But I have a definite point at which it becomes too much. I found a similar thing with DC which was my gateway into comics, and I just can’t read their new books now, because I’ve grown too resentful of the company as a whole. The same thing happened with Supernatural. It’s like a switch goes off in my brain and I stop being able to ignore the problems and they start being the only thing I can see.

  • Anonymous

    Same here.

  • Mark Brown

    Well, Crowley’s sexuality (as far as such terms apply to demons) seems to be fluid, so that might count, but he’s not a regular (more’s the pity).

  • Mark Brown

    They’d be stupid not to. Dorothy and Charlie, FIGHTING A REBELLION in an occupied Oz. It’d be amazing.

  • Mark Brown

    Technically, they were watching Game of Thrones.

    “This Joffrey dude’s a dick.”