Gay and Lesbian Critics (GALECA) Announces Award Winners

CAROL Over Shoulder

The DORIAN award winners have been announced by GALECA and Carol is the big winner

The Oscars and BAFTA’s have announced their winners, and now the final (and some would say most important) awards show has taken place. The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, comprised of over 130 professional critics and entertainment journalists worldwide, have announced its choices for the best in movies and television of 2015. It’s an award they call the Dorian Awards.

This year, the 1950s-set lesbian romance Carol surprised with a rare GALECA sweep, with wins for Film of the Year, Director of the Year (Todd Haynes), Screenplay of the year (Phyllis Nagy) and LGBTQ Film of the Year. In addition, Cate Blanchett, star of the ‘50s-set lesbian romance, earned Film Performance of the Year — Actress for her titular turn. Haynes also was also hailed as Wilde Artist of the Year (named for the group’s patron saint Oscar Wilde). As for Film Performance of the Year — Actor, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant prevailed. Blanchett previously won a Dorian Award forBlue Jasmine.

Director Sean Baker’s Tangerine, the drama of a clique of transgender women navigating the mean streets of Hollywood, took Unsung Film of the Year, while George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road was deemed Visually Striking Film of the Year. Amy, the unvarnished account of the rise and fall of soulful singer Amy Winehouse, won Documentary of the Year.

In television categories, Fargo and Orange is the Black tied for TV Drama of the Year. Transparent won again for TV Comedy of the Year, with star Jeffrey Tambor winning his second Dorian as well for TV Performance of the Year — Actor. Empire’s Taraji P. Henson was victorious in the Actress category (her series landed as Campy TV Show of the Year).

Taking a stand in less traditional categories, GALECA members chose edgy comic and society button-pusher Amy Schumer (Trainwreck, Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer) as Wilde Wit of the Year. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver won TV Current Affairs Show of the Year. Campy Flick victor: Magic Mike XXL.

GALECA’s annual, Hasty Pudding-esque Winners Toast took place on Sunday, March 6, in Los Angeles. Past GALECA toasts have drawn Orange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, Transparent’s Melora Hardin, famed marriage rights activists Jeff Carrillo and Paul Katami, The Comeback’s Robert Michael Morris and trailblazing actor Wilson Cruz.

The week previous, GALECA added actress Jane Fonda — veteran star of the film classics Klute, Coming Home and 9 to 5 as well as the past year’s Youth and ongoing Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie — to their Timeless Star list. Previous winners of this career achievement kudos are Sir Ian McKellen, George Takei, Betty White, Chloris Leachman and Fonda’s Grace costar Lily Tomlin.

Full list of winners (with nominees) here:

GALECA 2015/16 DORIAN AWARDS (WINNERS IN BOLD)

FILM OF THE YEAR

The Big Short / Paramount, Regency

Brooklyn / Fox Searchlight

• Carol / The Weinstein Company

Mad Max: Fury Road / Warner Bros., Village Roadshow

Spotlight / Open Road, Participant, First Look

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

(Film or Television)

Sean Baker, Tangerine / Magnolia Pictures

• Todd Haynes, Carol / The Weinstein Company

Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, The Revenant / Fox

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight / Open Road, Participant, First Look

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road / Warner Bros., Village Roadshow

PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR — ACTRESS

• Cate Blanchett, Carol / The Weinstein Company

Brie Larson, Room / A24

Rooney Mara, Carol / The Weinstein Company

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years / Sundance Selects

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn / Fox Searchlight

PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR — ACTOR

Matt Damon, The Martian / Fox

• Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant / Fox

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs / Universal

Tom Hardy, Legend / Universal, Cross Creek

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl / Focus, Working Title

LGBTQ FILM OF THE YEAR

• Carol / The Weinstein Company

The Danish Girl / Focus, Working Title

Freeheld / Summit

Grandma / Sony Pictures Classics

Tangerine / Magnolia Pictures

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR

The Assassin / Central Motion Pictures, Well Go USA

Mustang / Cohen Media Group

Phoenix / Sundance Selects

• Son of Saul / Sony Pictures Classics

Viva / Magnolia Pictures

SCREENPLAY OF THE YEAR

Emma Donoghue, Room / A24

• Phyllis Nagy, Carol / The Weinstein Company

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short / Paramount, Regency

Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy, Spotlight / Open Road, Participant, First Look

Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs / Universal

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR

(theatrical release, TV airing or DVD release)

• Amy / A24

Best of Enemies / Magnolia Pictures, Magnet

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief / HBO

Making a Murderer / Netflix

What Happened, Miss Simone? / Netflix

VISUALLY STRIKING FILM OF THE YEAR

(honoring a production of stunning beauty, from art direction to cinematography)

Carol / The Weinstein Company

The Danish Girl / Focus, Working Title

• Mad Max: Fury Road / Warner Bros., Village Roadshow

The Martian / Fox

The Revenant / Fox

UNSUNG FILM OF THE YEAR

The Diary of a Teenage Girl / Sony Pictures Classics

Ex Machina / A24

Grandma / Sony Pictures Classics

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl / Fox Searchlight

• Tangerine / Magnolia

CAMPY FLICK OF THE YEAR

The Boy Next Door

Fifty Shades of Grey

• Magic Mike XXL

Jupiter Ascending

Stonewall

TV DRAMA OF THE YEAR (TIE)

• Fargo / FX

The Leftovers / HBO

Mad Men / AMC

Mr. Robot / USA

• Orange is the New Black / Netflix

TV COMEDY OF THE YEAR

Grace and Frankie / Netflix

Master of None / Netflix

• Transparent / Amazon

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt / Netflix

Veep / HBO

TV PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR — ACTOR

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt / Netflix

Jon Hamm, Mad Men / AMC

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot / USA

• Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent / Amazon

Justin Theroux, The Leftovers / HBO

TV PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR — ACTRESS

Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder / ABC

Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie / Netflix

• Taraji P. Henson, Empire / Fox

Krysten Ritter, Jessica Jones / Netflix

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie / Netflix

TV CURRENT AFFAIRS SHOW OF THE YEAR

Anderson Cooper 360 / CNN

The Daily Show / Comedy Central

• Last Week Tonight with John Oliver / HBO

The Rachel Maddow Show / MSNBC

Real Time with Bill Maher / HBO

LGBTQ TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

Grace and Frankie / Netflix

Looking / HBO

Orange is the New Black / Netflix

Sense8 / Netflix

• Transparent / Amazon

UNSUNG TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

Broad City / Comedy Central

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend / CW

Getting On / HBO

• Looking / HBO

UnReal / Lifetime

TV MUSICAL MOMENT OF THE YEAR

- Adele: “Hello / ” Adele Live in New York City / NBC

• Aretha Franklin: “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors / CBS

- Lady Gaga: The Sound of Music 50th anniversary tribute, 87th Annual Academy Awards / ABC

- Sydney Lucas and the Cast of Fun Home: “Ring of Keys” 69th Annual Tony Awards / CBS

- John Legend and Common: “Glory” (Original song nominee, Selma): 87th Annual Academy Awards / ABC

CAMPY TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

American Horror Story: Hotel

• Empire

How to Get Away with Murder

Scream Queens

Sense8

“WE’RE WILDE ABOUT YOU!” RISING STAR AWARD

Rami Malek

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez

Mya Taylor

Jacob Tremblay

• Alicia Vikander

WILDE WIT OF THE YEAR

(honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)

Billy Eichner

Rachel Maddow

Tig Notaro

John Oliver

• Amy Schumer

WILDE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(honoring a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theater and/or television)

Andrew Haigh

• Todd Haynes

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Tig Notaro

Amy Schumer

TIMELESS STAR

(to an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit)

Jane Fonda (previously announced)

GALECA’S MISSION

GALECA, an established 501 C-6 nonprofit, aims to generate camaraderie in an unsettling media environment, champion constructive film and TV criticism and elevate entertainment journalism as a whole. Via panels, screenings, events and its occasional “Ten Best” lists, GALECA also strives to remind the world that the LGBTQ-munity has a significant history of helping improve pop culture at large. After all, how would the world fare without knowing what’s campy?