Torchwood Dominates Gay Visibility Awards

AfterElton.com, a site that covers gay men in the media, and its readers have always been strong supporters of Torchwood, and this morning, we learned the GLBT-friendly sci-fi series won three categories in the 2008 AfterElton.com Visibility Awards:

Favorite TV Drama
Favorite TV Character (Captain Jack Harkness)
Favorite TV Couple (Captain Jack & Ianto)

Notably, Torchwood‘s star, actor John Barrowman, was also rewarded for his literary prowess: his dishy autobiography, Anything Goes (co-written by his sister, Carole E. Barrowman), was named Best Book of 2008. In the category of Man of the Year, Barrowman came in a close second to “The voters who protested after Prop 8 passed.”

In other news:

  • The Screen Actors Guild award nominations were announced this morning, and Skins star Dev Patel is up for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for Slumdog Millionaire. To me, this is the greatest indication thus far that Patel will get an Oscar nomination; there’s a lot of overlap between SAG and voters in the Motion Picture Academy. Go Dev!(E!)
  • Slumdog Millionaire leads the London Film Critics’ Circle award nominations.(Variety)
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones is one of Russell T. Davies‘ picks for the next Doctor Who.(Guardian)
  • David Tennant is too injured to return to Doctor Who, say The Sun‘s mystery “medics.” Tennant doesn’t seem to want to sit things out: he’s chomping at the bit to do a musical episode before he leaves the series.
  • Last of the Summer Wine has been axed, says a producer. Not so, says BBC.
  • Gavin & Stacey‘s James Corden is so “besotted” with X Factor winner Alexandra Burke that he has given her a £4,000 Cartier watch. A source tells The Sun: “Although they are texting each other, I can’t see her falling for his charms. He’s not really her type.”
  • Ruth Jones says she often argues with James Corden, but never when they’re writing Gavin & Stacey. “We do have an argumentative relationship. We’re so different, he’s so petty. He will wind me up like a younger brother. One time I got upset, I could feel myself having a tantrum. And he started filming me on his phone!”(The Sun)
  • Morrissey will be U.S. labelmates with Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Van Morrison, and Elvis Costello.(Yahoo!)
  • Morrissey has announced U.S. tour dates in support of his new album, Years of Refusal.(Stereogum)
  • Estelle slams Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman for “disrespecting” Dizzee Rascal in a post-election interview.(BBC)
  • Brian Eno will score Peter Jackson‘s film adaptation of The Lovely Bones.(Pitchfork)
  • Boy George credits David Bowie for giving him the courage to come out. “When I was a little queer boy I was very confused. Then along came this man – David Bowie – and everything seemed to make sense for me, and a lot of other people too, I suppose. I think I had the same impact to people a few years later. I’m very proud of that.” If only he followed Bowie’s lead in staying out of jail and off the rock.(Contact Music)
  • Anyone with ears knew this eight years ago: Chris Martin admits Coldplay ripped off the late Jeff Buckley.(NME)
  • The world’s most fashionable family is back in London. And Victoria tagged along, too.(The Sun)
  • Simon Cowell says he wishes he could have helped Paula Goodspeed, Paula Abdul‘s stalker who committed suicide a few months ago. “You’re talking about a human tragedy. It hit us like an express train. It upset me a lot. My regret in all of this is that we didn’t know how troubled this person was. If I could have gone back in time and known what she was going through, I wish we could have spent time trying to help her. We genuinely didn’t know.”(Daily Mail)
  • The Times lists the top 50 British footballers of 2008 – with links to YouTube clips so you can check out their skills. Or just ogle their thighs.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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