Jonathan Bennett was blown away by the news that his Hallmark Channel film The Holiday Sitter, which he starred in and produced, was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award – and then he found out he was actually nominated for two more to honor two other projects he worked on in 2022.
The actor posted on social media this week of his gratitude and shock, and was thrilled to be included in the star-studded list of nominees who helped create media that delivered “fair, accurate” to audiences last year and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people” provided and problems”, per GLAAD.
Jonathan Bennett says he never thought his film would receive a GLAAD nomination
On January 18, 2023, GLAAD announced the nominees for its 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in 33 categories honoring films, TV shows, podcasts, video games and more from 2022 onwards. The Holiday Sitter, which premiered in December and was Hallmark Channel’s first film about a gay couple, was nominated for Outstanding Film – Streaming or TV.
In an Instagram post that day, Bennett shared how thrilled he was with the news and thanked Hallmark Channel executives for believing in the film, which he produced and starred in.
He wrote: “Wow! It’s a great honor to be nominated with so many great queer filmmakers! When I first came up with the idea for The Holiday Sitter, I never would have thought that we would end up being nominated for an @glaad award!”
“But that’s because of the unwavering support of @hallmarkchannel and the team who brought this film to life,” he continued. “Hallmark Channel, that’s because you created a safe space for queer people to tell stories. I want to say it again, HALLMARK CHANNEL, YOU HAVE CREATED A SAFE PLACE FOR QUEER PEOPLE TO TALK STORIES! I can’t say thank you enough, not only from me but from each person who has messaged and posted what it means to them to see this story. This nomination applies to all of us! I love every person who has wholeheartedly supported this film, I’m eternally grateful.”
Many of Bennett’s Hallmark colleagues commented on his post and celebrated the news.
Chelsea Hobbs, who played Bennett’s sister in the film, posted eight different celebratory emojis and wrote, “YOU had the vision, so we were all privileged to do it.”
Kimberly Sustad, who most recently appeared on Hallmark Channel’s “Lights, Camera, Christmas,” wrote: “Yessssssss! Yes! Yes!!! Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa all the best for you”
Bennett’s co-star Hallmark newcomer George Krissa shared his own post about the nomination and wrote, “I really can’t tell you how proud I am to have been a part of this film.”
The other films nominated alongside The Holiday Sitter are:
“Anything is possible” (Prime Video)
“B-Boy Blues” (BET+)
“A Christmas to Sweetheart” (Lifetime)
“Do Revenge” (Netflix)
“The Fallout” (HBO Max)
“Fire Island” (Hulu)
“The Holiday Sitter” (Trademark)
“Three Months” (Paramount+)
Bennett was also part of Hallmark’s first-ever GLAAD nomination for the 2020 film “A Christmas House,” in which he played one half of the first LGTBQ+ couple to be part of a Hallmark film story. A second nomination came for the film’s sequel, The Christmas House 2: Deck That Halls, the following year.
According to the cheat sheet, These nominations marked a major shift in Hallmark’s decision to diversify its casting and storylines after it came under fire for its lack of inclusivity, particularly after the network was widely criticized for running an ad in 2019 starring two women kissed The network has since also added a same-sex couple to its now-defunct series Good Witch and has featured LGBTQ+ characters in several films, including An Unexpected Christmas, Every Time a Bell Rings and Mix Up. in the Mediterranean Sea.”
Jonathan Bennett included in GLAAD nominations for 2 other projects
In addition to being nominated for The Holiday Sitter, Bennett also received news that he was involved in two other projects that were nominated for GLAAD Awards. For starters, the PRIDEcast Podcast, which he co-hosts with husband Jaymes Vaughan, is nominated in the Outstanding Podcast category. He and Vaughan interview successful LGTBQ+ figures on the weekly iHeartRadio podcast.
In an Instagram post Speaking of the news, Bennett wrote, “When we started this journey last year, we had no idea what we wanted to do with this podcast. But thanks to @iheartradio we found a track that suits us. We celebrate the LGBTQ+ community by sharing stories about what PRIDE means to each of us. We also wanted a podcast that the whole family could listen to that not only teaches you about queer culture, but hopefully teaches you about yourself as well.”
“Thank you to EVERYONE who listens and supports PRIDEcast and the amazing team that produces it every week. That’s a nomination for all of us! Thank you Glaad for giving us this honor and always supporting our dreams.”
Bennett was also included in a GLAAD nomination for ABC’s hour-long special “Soul of a Nation” entitled “PRIDE To Be Seen” for being one of the celebrities portrayed by journalist Robert Zepeda. The special is nominated in the Outstanding Journalism — Long Form category.
“To be even a small part of this amazing, groundbreaking special was a gift in itself,” wrote Bennett in a Third Instagram post. “But it’s so important to be recognized by @glaad, which makes it even more special. Congratulations to the team at @abcnews @soulofanation @robertzepeda and the entire cast and team for making this magic happen.”
The GLAAD Awards will be announced at two separate events, with a gala on March 30 in Los Angeles and a second on May 13 in New York City.
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