Editor | Peter Bowen
GLAAD's happy about Taking Woodstock
Posted January 13, 2010
GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) announced the nominees for their 21st annual Media Awards. We're happy to see that Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock is among the five nominees for Outstanding Film - Wide Release. Based on his personal account, the film follows the adventures of Elliot Tiber (Demetri Martin), a closeted gay kid trying to help his truly dsyfunctional family salvage their motel in the Catskills in 1969, who just happens to stumble onto being a key componnent in getting the greatest rock 'n' roll concert of all time off the ground. In the process, our hero not only saves the day, the motel, and his family; he also saves himself by coming out.
Focus Features has always done well at the GLAAD media awards. Gus Van Sant's Milk won for Outstanding Film - Wide Release in 2009, Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain won in 2006, and Todd Haynes' Far From Heaven and Francois Ozon's 8 Women were nominated in 2003 for Outstanding Film - Wide Release and Outstanding Film - Limited Release respectively. The 21st GLAAD Media Awards will take place in New York (March 12), Los Angeles (April 17) and San Francisco (June 5).