Wednesday, January 31, 2018

DORIAN AWARD winners: Call Me By Your Name, Greta Gerwig, and Timothee Chalamet (twice!)


Before getting down to the winners, I will say this: it is such an honor to be a part of this group. A particular honor considering "Call Me By Your Name" won Film of the Year and Timothee Chalamet won for Best Performance of the Year - Male.

Our group did quite the job of spreading the wealth. "Lady Bird" won for Gerwig as director and Metcalf. "BPM" won for Foreign Film, "The Shape of Water" for Actress and Visually Striking Film of the Year. "God's Own Country" won Unsung Film. Even "mother!" won for Campy Film of the Year.

I have to say I was a bit shocked to see Gerwig win for Best Director, and I wonder if it was because of a split vote. And as much as I loved "BPM" I am a bit surprised it won over "A Fantastic Woman" for Foreign Film. But all in all, it's a great list. Check it out below!


GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics
 (as in Lesbian! Gay! Bisexual! Transgender! Queer!)
Name Dorian Award Film/TV Winners

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'Call Me By Your Name' is Best Film, Greta Gerwig Takes Best Director
'Get Out' Auteur Jordan Peele Scores Best Screenplay and More
Sally Hawkins Wins Best Actress, Timothée Chalamet is Both Best Actor and Rising Star
'American Gods,' Kyle MacLachlan, Samantha Bee, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race' Rule TV Categories
Meryl Streep is Group’s Latest 'Timeless Star’ Honoree



Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - Hollywood, CA — The distinctly unique GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, comprised of over 200 gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally entertainment journalists in the U.S., Canada and U.K., has announced its ninth annual Dorian Award winners. This year’s 26 TV and film categories, again running from mainstream to LGBTQ-centric, include inaugural awards for Supporting Film Performance. A handful of select recipients will join the group for GALECA’s annual Winners Toast on Saturday February 24th in Beverly Hills.

Broflakes won’t be happy about this: Call Me By Your Name, which led with nine nominations, was named 2017’s Film of the Year. The bittersweet story of two American men — a teen and a 20something — falling for each other in Italy also earned Timothée Chalamet a Dorian for Film Performance of the Year — Actor. Chalamet, seen in Dorian nominee Lady Bird as well, was also the group’s Rising Star pick. Meanwhile, Greta Gerwig, writer and helmer of the female-focused coming-of-age drama Lady Bird, was named Director of the Year.

Jordan Peele, formerly of TV’s acclaimed Key and Peele sketch comedy series, earned Screenplay of the Year for Get Out, the heart-stopping thriller and acidic satire about a black man (Daniel Kaluuya) who discovers his white girlfriend’s “liberal” parents are secretly murderous racists. Peele was also crowned Wilde Artist of the Year (nominees included Gerwig, Patty Jenkins, David Lynch and Guillermo del Toro) and Wilde Wit of the Year. Peele shares the latter award with Saturday Night Live fixture Kate McKinnon, nabbing her second win in that race — along with a victory for her sing-songy imagining of Trump explainer Kellyanne Conway taking her "alternative facts" act to Broadway.

Film icon and feminist activist Meryl Streep was the group’s latest choice for Timeless Star, a career achievement honor previously won by such equally beloved stars (and human-rights champions) Jane Fonda, Dame Angela Lansbury and Sir Ian McKellen.

“Who doesn’t love Meryl Streep outside of non-feminist Donald Trump?” quipped Diane Anderson-Minshall, GALECA’s president as well as editorial director of The Advocate magazine. “Streep’s latest film, The Post, speaks to her commitment to playing, and supporting, strong women who push for or at least embody the need for equality. As The Washington Post’s firebrand Katherine Graham, she inhabited the role of the first female publisher of a major American newspaper — a woman who went from housewife to overseeing the revelations of both Watergate and the Pentagon Papers at a time when most of the men around her were too afraid to take on either. And this was all long before the #MeToo movement.” Adds John Griffiths, GALECA’s Executive Director, "From Sophie’s Choice toPostcards from the Edge, Streep’s an incredibly stirring and affecting actress who transports, delights and nails various accents like no other. I’d say she definitely qualifies as a timeless star — and amid all the headlines about sexual harassment in Hollywood, she’s also a very relevant current voice.”

Fun fact: Streep won a Dorian Award for The Iron Lady back in 2012.

In additional trademark races, God’s Own Country — 2017’s other visceral love story involving two gay men — won as GALECA's Unsung Film of the Year (the competition included director Angela Robinson’s Professor Marston and the Wonder Women). Awards-season darling The Shape of Water impressed as Visually Striking Film of the Year. And mother!, Darren Aronofsky’s over-the-top psychological chiller starring Jennifer Lawrence, was deemed Campy Flick of the Year.

Among TV categories, HBO’s sleek murder mystery Big Little Lies took TV Drama of the Year, with star Nicole Kidman (as a battered wife) triumphing too. Kyle MacLachlan was Kidman’s male counterpart for Twin Peaks: The Return. Starz’s provocative gods-among-us fantasy American Gods took Unsung TV Show, fittingly as its future the freshman series’ future is reportedly up in the air. And programs each celebrating their second win in a row: TBS’ Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (Current Events Show of the Year) and the Lady Gaga-loved gay performance contest RuPaul’s Drag Race (LGBTQ Show).

Below is the complete list of Dorian winners.

GALECA, The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, previously known as the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, includes members who review, write and/or report on film and television for a diverse number of media outlets, including BuzzFeed, The Daily Beast, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, The Advocate, CNN, the Associated Press, People, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Collider, Vanity Fair, Screen Crush, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, New Now Next, The Guardian and the BBC. For more information, visit GALECA.org. Also find us at #DorianAwards, and enjoy our posts via @DorianAwards on FacebookTwitterInstagram


GALECA 2017/18 DORIAN AWARDS — WINNERS

FILM OF THE YEAR
Call Me By Your Name - Sony Pictures Classics

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (FILM OR TELEVISION)

Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird - A24

BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR -- ACTRESS
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water – Fox Searchlight

BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR – ACTOR
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name - Sony Pictures Classics

SUPPORTING FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR -- ACTRESS
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird - A24

SUPPORTING FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR -- ACTOR
Michael Stuhlbarg, Call Me By Your Name - Sony Pictures Classics

LGBTQ FILM OF THE YEAR
Call Me By Your Name - Sony Pictures Classics

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
BPM (Beats Per Minute) — The Orchard

SCREENPLAY OF THE YEAR (ORIGINAL OR ADAPTED)
Jordan Peele, Get Out - Universal
DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
(theatrical release, TV airing or DVD release)
Faces Places – Cohen Media Group

VISUALLY STRIKING FILM OF THE YEAR
(honoring a production of stunning beauty, from art direction to cinematography)
The Shape of Water – Fox Searchlight

UNSUNG FILM OF THE YEAR
God's Own Country – Samuel Goldwyn Films

CAMPY FLICK OF THE YEAR
mother! - Paramount

TV DRAMA OF THE YEAR
Big Little Lies - HBO - HBO

TV COMEDY OF THE YEAR
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Amazon

TV PEFORMANCE OF THE YEAR – ACTRESS
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies - HBO

TV PEFORMANCE OF THE YEAR -- ACTOR
Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks: The Return - Showtime

TV CURRENT AFFAIRS SHOW OF THE YEAR
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee – TBS

TV MUSICAL PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Kate McKinnon, “(Kellyanne) Conway!” Saturday Night Live - NBC

LGBTQ SHOW OF THE YEAR
RuPaul's Drag Race – VH1

UNSUNG TV SHOW OF THE YEAR
American Gods - Starz

CAMPY TV SHOW OF THE YEAR
Feud: Betty and Joan 

‘WE’RE WILDE ABOUT YOU!’ RISING STAR AWARD
Timothée Chalamet

WILDE WIT OF THE YEAR AWARD
(honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)
Kate McKinnon (TIE)
Jordan Peele (TIE)

WILDE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
(honoring a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theater and/or television)
Guillermo del Toro
Jordan Peele

TIMELESS STAR
(to a living actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit)
Meryl Streep 

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