At most awards ceremonies, LGBT films get completely overlooked. However the US National Association of Social Workers Media Awards has taken the unusual step of nominating a small gay-themed short film alongside two more mainstream efforts.
Chinese-American Director Albert M. Chan’s The Commitment is up for the Best Feature Film award alongside the Cameron Diaz starrer What To Expect When You’re Expecting, and the Oscar-nominated Wes Anderson flick, Moonrise Kingdom. The Commitment is the first gay movie ever nominated in the category.
The Advocate reports that ‘The Commitment tells the story of Robert (Albert Chan) and Ethan (Jason Lane Fenton), a gay interracial couple who work to overcome many obstacles after being chosen by a pregnant woman to adopt her baby. The film was inspired by the real-life experiences of Chan and his husband of seven years after when they decided to expand their family through adoption.
Perhaps best of all is that you can help it win, as voting is open to the public until March 15th over at SocialWorkerSpeak.org.
The 20-minute short has already won several awards at film festivals and is hoping to add one more, this time coming from the perhaps unexpected realm of social work.