NBC’s Smash and CBS’ The Amazing Race were honored tonight at the 24th GLAAD Media Awards in New York City.  Smash was named best drama series and Amazing Race took the nod for best reality series. How To Survive A Plague, a film chronicling the rise of activism in the early years of AIDS, was named best documentary.

Dressed as a Boy Scout, Madonna presented the previously announced Vito Russo Award to CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Russo, who died in 1990, was a film historian who voiced concerns about how gays and lesbians are portrayed in the media. Movie director Brett Ratner received GLAAD’s inaugural Ally Award. The award for Ratner represented a turnaround from a little over a year ago when he dropped out as producer of last year’s Academy Awards after joking at an early press conference that “rehearsing is for fags”. Ratner since worked with the group to produce a public service campaign, GLAAD Coming Out For Equality.

A list of last night’s awards follows.  Additional awards, including for best films in wide and limited release and comedy series, will take place April 20th in Los Angeles and May 11th in San Francisco.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

Smash (NBC)
OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY
How to Survive a Plague (Sundance Selects)

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM
The Amazing Race (CBS)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE
“Being Transgender in America” Melissa Harris-Perry (MSNBC)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT
“Obama Endorses Marriage Equality” Good Morning America (ABC)

SPANISH-LANGUAGE WINNERS

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW INTERVIEW
“Entrevista con Orlando Cruz” Titulares (Telemundo)

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE
“Operación tolerancia: la lucha contra la homofobia en los
medios hispanos” by Lilia Luciano
(voces.huffingtonpost.com)

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM – MULTIMEDIA
“2013: Año clave para la comunidad gay” by Ramón
Frisneda (ElDiarioNY.com)