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
Outstanding Drama Series
Pretty Little Liars
Outstanding Comedy Series
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