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The awards season rolls on, as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced the nominations for their 21st annual Media Awards yesterday. And where there's an awards show, there's bound to be a nomination for 'Precious.'

Yes, 'Precious,' the small budget film from director Lee Daniels about the harrowing life of an inner city teen, continued its march towards the Oscars with yet another major nomination, this time in GLAAD's "Outstanding Film -- Wide Release" category. The film, which now seems a lock for one of the ten best picture slots in this year's expanded Academy Awards Best Picture field, has been honored with nominations by nearly every major media organization in America, including the Directors Guild of America, the Independent Spirit Awards and the Golden Globes. The awards season rolls on, as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced the nominations for their 21st annual Media Awards yesterday. And where there's an awards show, there's bound to be a nomination for 'Precious.'

Yes, 'Precious,' the small budget film from director Lee Daniels about the harrowing life of an inner-city teen, continued its march towards the Oscars with yet another major nomination, this time in GLAAD's "Outstanding Film -- Wide Release" category. The film, which now seems a lock for one of the 10 slots in this year's expanded Academy Awards Best Picture field, has been honored with nominations by nearly every major media organization in America, including the Directors Guild of America, the Independent Spirit Awards and the Golden Globes.

Joining 'Precious' among the GLAAD nominees is 'A Single Man;' the directorial debut by fashion designer Tom Ford, which stylishly examines the life of a gay man in the buttoned up world of the early '60s, seemed like a lock considering the organization's stated goal to recognize performances in media that provide honest portrayals of the gay and lesbian community.

"Words and images matter," GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios said in a press release. "With these awards, we seek to recognize news coverage and entertainment programming that go beyond stock stereotypes with LGBT storylines that more fully reflect the challenges gay and transgender people face and the aspirations we hold for ourselves and our families. The GLAAD Media Awards honor media professionals who are doing an exceptional job at bringing our stories into the living rooms of America – and set a 'fairness benchmark' for the news and entertainment industries. The awards also complement and fund GLAAD's other programmatic work to share the stories of allies, religious leaders, gay and transgender people of color, local couples and families with Americans."

Rounding out the field in the Wide Release category are some films perhaps less likely to be on the red carpet come Oscar time, including Paul Rudd's 'I Love You Man,' the Focus Features nostalgia exercise 'Taking Woodstock' and the critically panned Robert DeNiro vehicle 'Everybody's Fine.'

Nominees in the "Outstanding Film -- Limited Release" category include 'Casi Divas,' 'The Country Teacher,' 'Little Ashes,' 'Phoebe in Wonderland' and 'The Secrets.' GLAAD will host the first of three awards ceremonies on March 13.