The AfterEllen.com 2006 Visibility Awards

 
 

BEST SPECIAL LESBIAN EPISODE ON TV
30 Rock, “Blind Date”
TV offered several lesbian-themed epsiodes this year, on shows like Eve, Veronica Mars, Justice, Shark and Law and Order, and most weren’t too bad. 30 Rock‘s episode – in which Liz Lemon is set up on a blind date with a lesbian – stands out because it was not only fresh and funny, but free of lesbian stereotypes. Throw in Stephanie March as a lesbian, and Tina Fey’s bi-curious shoes, and you’ve easily got a winner.

Honorable Mention: Without a Trace “Check Your Head”

BEST LESBIAN TV MOMENT
The big kiss at the end of Season 1 of South of Nowhere
An entire season of tension and teasing was finally rewarded in the final moments of the show’s first season, when Ashley led Spencer to bed. There was no way anyone could have mistaken those girls for just best friends! Now if only they could get some of that tension and teasing back this season…

WORST LESBIAN TV MOMENT
Dana’s death on The L Word
Killing off Erin Daniels’ Dana was one of The L Word‘s worst moments, in a season filled with bad moments. Capping it off with a cheesy waterfall scene, and a lame public-service announcement, only made it worse. From a fan point of view, there’s no explanation in the world that makes killing Dana while keeping Max alive okay.

BEST THEATRICAL RELEASE WITH LESBIAN/BI CHARACTERS
Imagine Me and You
This movie about a married woman who falls in love with another woman is a sweet, conventional, predictable romantic comedy with attractive leads and a happy ending – a slightly less clever Nora Ephron movie without Tom Hanks – and exactly the kind of movie lesbians never get to have. It may have bombed at the box office, but it was a big hit with us.

Honorable mention: Red Doors and V for Vendetta

WORST THEATRICAL RELEASE(S) WITH LESBIAN/BI CHARACTERS
The Black Dahlia and Notes on a Scandal
Which is worse – promiscuous bisexual killers who get what’s coming to them, or a throwback to 1950s morality tales about a predatory lesbian teacher? We couldn’t decide, so we’re honoring them both. Their directors must be so proud.

BEST LESBIAN MOVIE MOMENT
The reading of Valerie’s letter in V for Vendetta
It lasted only a few minutes, but the reading of this letter in the film is both moving and chilling – many of us could easily imagine Valerie’s story happening again soon. It’s also inspiring, because, “For three years, I had roses, and apologized to no one.”

Honorable Mention: The seduction scenes in Loving Annabelle and Red Doors

WORST LESBIAN MOVIE MOMENT
Mia Kirshner and Jemima Rooper in The Black Dahlia
Say what you will about The L Word‘s Jenny, but Mia Kirshner can emote like no one’s business, and watching her character in The Black Dalhia cry while having staged sex with Rooper on camera for a stag film was decidedly disturbing.

BEST LESBIAN/BI MUSICAL GROUP OR PERFORMER
The Gossip
The group fronted by out lesbian Beth Ditto has taken the rock world by storm this year, and “Standing in the Way of Control” still makes us shiver every time we hear it.

Honorable Mention: Melissa Etheridge

BEST HIGH-PROFILE LESBIAN(S)
Amelie Mauresmo
Mauresmo’s hard work over the last few years finally paid off in 2006 when she became the top-ranked women’s tennis player in the world. She didn’t stay there for long, but win or lose, Mauresmo always plays with class – even when her opponents don’t.

Cynthia Nixon
Nixon had another successful year this year, winning a Tony for her role in Rabbit Hole, and nominated for a Golden Globe for her turn in the TV movie Warm Springs. She continues to live her life openly with her partner, Christine Marinoni, and while she doesn’t volunteer a lot of personal information about their relationship, she doesn’t refuse to talk about it, either.

Honorable Mentions: Billie Jean King, Ellen DeGeneres, Sarah Paulson

That’s it for this year! Check out our 2005 and 2004 awards for past winners.

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