Sideshow: GLAAD honors Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton with daughter Chelsea at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.
Former President Bill Clinton with daughter Chelsea at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. (KEVIN WINTER / Getty Images)
Posted: April 22, 2013

Bill Clinton inspired some dour looks Saturday when he was awarded the first-ever "Advocate for Change Award" at the GLAAD Media Awards, which honors "inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community."

Some fans were perturbed because it was under the Clinton administration that came the Defense of Marriage Act - which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriage - and the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Mary Steenburgen defended Clinton. "Actually, ["don't ask, don't tell"] was a sorrow for him," she said. "I tell you this: He's never not had his heart in the right place, in terms of the gay community."

The event was hosted by Drew Barrymore and featured Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, Chaz Bono, Matt Dallas, Perez Hilton, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Top TV prizes went to the FX creepfest American Horror Story: Asylum and NBC's Days of Our Lives. Perks of Being a Wallflower was named outstanding film.

Give me 'Oblivion'!

Oblivion - the movie, not the lovely, floaty, fetal state of (un-)being we all crave so much - is the most winning film across the land. TRON: Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski's sci-fi epic, which is juiced up with serious blockbuster steroid power by Tom Cruise, blew out all comers this weekend to take the top spot on the box-office charts, making $38.2 mil. (Decent figure, if hardly in the same league as Marvel's The Avengers, which made $207 mil on its opening weekend.) Oblivion fared better overseas with $112 mil.

Baseball drama 42, which stars Chadwick Boseman as baseball great Jackie Robinson, is at No. 2 in its second week of release, with $18 mil. Animated stone-age family picture The Croods is in third place with $9.5 mil, which brings its five-week total to $154.9 mil.

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