Originally published on Advocate.com March 30 2004 12:00 AM ET
The winners shared the spotlight with the recent advancements of same-sex marriage on Saturday night at the 15th annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards. The legalization of gay marriage proved to be a running theme of the two-hour show--held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles--with everyone from Ellen DeGeneres to Sharon Osbourne urging audience members to forge ahead with their unions. The highest honors of the night went to Antonio Banderas, who was honored with the Vanguard Award, and director John Waters, who was presented with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award for his images of gays on-screen.
Bend It Like Beckham took the top film award while ESPN's football drama Playmakers won the Outstanding Drama Series trophy. HBO's much-lauded Angels in America won for Outstanding Television Movie. Coco Peru won the Outstanding Los Angeles Theater award for her one-woman show Miss Coco Peru Is Undaunted. Los Angeles-based newspaper La Opinión took top honors in the Spanish-Language Newspaper category for overall coverage. ABC's Primetime Thursday tied with Los Angeles's KCAL 9 for Outstanding Television Journalism. Primetime won for its piece "Not Fit to Fight," while KCAL was lauded for "Up Close: The Killing of Gwen Araujo." A complete list of winners can be found at www.GLAAD.org.