Awards Season is upon us! The Golden Globes were last Sunday, the BAFTA nomination were out on Monday, and the Oscars will be revealing their noms next week. Sandwiched inbetween is the nomination announcement for the most important awards of all, the Dorians, voted for by the Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (and I’m not just saying that because I’m a member). The list of this year’s nominees has now been announced!
Performers earning Dorian nominations include Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington, Thandie Newton, Donald Glover, Viola Davis (two nods) and a Rising Star placement for Stranger Things’ find Millie Bobby Brown. Carrie Fisher was nominated posthumously in GALECA’s Wilde Wit of the Year category.
“Our members showed a true interest in attitude, fire and meaningfulness in their Dorian nominations this year,” GALECA John Griffiths, GALECA president and Television Critic for Us Weekly. “I’m so proud to be part of this passionate, supportive and richly diverse bunch of film and TV experts.”
GALECA exists to bolster LGBTQ entertainment journalists as well as remind the world, and our at-risk youth, that “the gays” have a unique cultural history of putting great movies and TV shows on the trending list. Categories run the gamut, from Visually Striking Film to TV Current Affairs Show. Equally eclectic are the group’s choices: Since its inception in 2009, GALECA’s Film of the Year winners alone include Carol, Boyhood, 12 Years a Slave, Argo, Weekend, I Am Love and A Single Man.
GALECA’s Timeless Star honor, the organization’s affectionate career-achievement honor, this year goes to screenwriter, director and bon vivant/enfant terrible John Waters. Past Timeless picks include Sir Ian McKellen, George Takei, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda.
This year’s Dorian winners will be announced Thursday, January 26. The group’s annual Winners Toast, honoring a select group of 2016-17 winners, is set for Saturday afternoon, February 18, in Los Angeles. Over the years, GALECA toasts have a welcomed a variety of Dorian winners or their ambassadors, including Oscar-nominated Carol screenwriter Phyllis Nagy, Orange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, Transparent actresses Melora Hardin and Alexandra Billings, and revered marriage rights activists Jeff Carrillo and Paul Katami. [Read more…]