Ava DuVernay Honored by GLAAD for ‘Excellence in Media’

Ava DuVernay is honored at the GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday, May 5, 2018. (Credit: Twitter)

Ava DuVernay can add another award to her growing list of achievements.

The acclaimed writer, producer and director received a special honor Saturday night in New York at the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards.

Sen. Cory Booker presented The Wrinkle in Time director with the GLAAD Excellence in Media Award during the star-studded ceremony.

In a statement, the LGBTQ advocacy group said DuVernay has “supported the careers of LGBTQ talent in front of and behind the camera, including on her hit OWN drama Queen Sugar, where she created a storyline featuring a trans character portrayed by a trans actor.”

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Also on Saturday night, The Handmaid’s Tale actress Samira Wiley was presented with the Vito Russo Award for her work bringing heartfelt LGBTQ portrayals to the screen.

Jay-Z’s mother, Gloria Carter, received a Special Recognition Award for her bravery after coming out as a lesbian on the rapper’s single Smile from his 2017 album 4:44.

Carter gave a heartfelt acceptance speech about coming out to her son and finding love with her partner.

“Here I am. I’m loving, I’m respectful, I’m productive, and I’m a human being who has a right to love who I love,” she said. “So everybody, just smile, be free.”

GLAAD handed out awards in other categories last month in Los Angeles.

Below is the list of GLAAD Media Awards presented in New York:

  • Excellence in Media Award: Ava DuVernay
  • Vito Russo Award: Samira Wiley
  • Special Recognition Award: Smile by Jay-Z featuring Gloria Carter, 4:44
  • Outstanding Film – Wide Release: Call Me By Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Outstanding Documentary: Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric (National Geographic)
  • Outstanding Music Artist: Halsey, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom
  • Outstanding Talk Show Episode: “Australian Marriage Equality,” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
  • Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: “The Pulse of Orlando: Terror at the Nightclub,” Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
  • Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “Murders Raise Alarm for Transgender Community,” NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (NBC)
  • Outstanding Newspaper Article: “The Silent Epidemic: Black Gay Men and HIV” by Gracie Bonds Staples, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • Outstanding Magazine Article: “Forbidden Lives: The Gay Men Who Fled Chechnya’s Purge” by Masha Gessen, The New Yorker
  • Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: Billboard
  • Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia: “’This Is How We Win’: Inside Danica Roem’s Historic Victory” by Diana Tourjée, Broadly.Vice.com
  • Spanish-Language Winners:
    Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: “Pulse, Huellas de la Masacre.” Docufilms, CNN en Español
  • Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “Comunidad LGBTQ Vulnerable Bajo Nuevo Gobierno.” Perspectiva Nacional (Entravision)

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