Discovery, Picard, and Lower Decks all nominated for awards

Culpepper and Stewart | Courtesy of CBS
Culpepper and Stewart | Courtesy of CBS

The Star Trek franchise has earned its share of awards through the years. Much of those were for technical achievement or special effects. Now the franchise is hauling in some awards for the series that debuted and ran in 2020 — Star Trek: Discovery, Picard, and Lower Decks.

On January 28, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in America, commonly known as GLAAD, nominated Discovery in the Outstanding Drama Series category for the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards. This makes Discovery’s third nomination in the category.

Discovery showrunner, Michelle Paradise, was thrilled to be among the shows nominated for the recognition.

“A huge thank you to GLAAD for this honor — and kudos to all of today’s nominees for their commitment to diversity and inclusion on screen,” said Paradise on her Twitter account. “We’re so proud to tell these stories in partnership with these wonderful actors, all of whom are also incredibly lovely human beings.”

Anthony Rapp, who famously portrays Lt. Stamets on Discovery, also shared his elation.

“So honored and proud,” said Rapp on his Twitter. “Thanks to for the recognition of the work we are doing on Star Trek: Discovery to share the stories of a queer family.”

For more details on the awards and Discovery’s competition, visit the GLAAD website.

Meanwhile, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) released their list of honorees for the 52nd Annual Image Awards today.

Among those who were nominated were:

Hanelle Culpepper for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series for “Remembrance,” the first episode of Star Trek: Picard. Culpepper was the first African American woman to direct the first episode of a new Trek series. She would also direct “Forget Me Not,” which was part of Discovery’s Season 3.

The first animated Trek series in over 30 years nabbed a nomination also. Star Trek: Lower Decks earned a nod for Outstanding Animated Series.

In a related award, the captain of the U.S.S. Cerritos (Captain Freeman) got a little attention herself. Dawnn Lewis, who famously voices the captain and mother of protagonist Ensign Mariner, was nominated in the Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television) category. Not too shabby for a the first season of the series!

For a complete list of all who were nominated for NAACP Image Awards, please visit their website.