LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 -- ABC sitcom 'Ellen,' which may be preparing to bring its title character out of the closet, is among the nominees for the eighth annual GLAAD Media Awards, presented by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. The awards will be presented at the media watchdog group's fund- raising banquets mext month in Los Angeles, Washington and New York.
The other TV comedy nominees announced today (Tuesday) are 'Friends, ' 'Spin City,' 'Mad About You' and 'The Larry Sanders Show.' The drama series contenders are 'Bedtime,' 'Chicago Hope' and 'Relativity.' Nominees for outstanding wide-release movie are 'The Birdcage,' 'Bound,' Flirting With Disaster,' 'Get on the Bus' and 'Set It Off.' The top limited-release movies are 'Antonia's Line,' 'Beautiful Thing,' 'Costa Brava,' 'French Twist,' 'It's My Party' and 'Stonewall.' The daytime drama series nominees are 'All My Children,' 'General Hospital,' 'One Life to Live' and 'The City.' The GLAAD Awards recognize 'balanced and accurate representations' of homosexuals and issues that affect them. The wide range of categories includes TV and newspaper journalism, advertising campaigns, music, interactive media and even comic books.