GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics announced the winners of their 2018 Dorian Awards last week and the gay love story “Call Me By Your Name” was a big winner.
In addition to traditional awards for acting, creative and technical excellence in film and television, the 200-member international organization also created distinctly “LGBTQ-centric” categories.
With 11 nominations, Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me” nabbed Film of the Year, besting “The Shape of Water,” “Lady Bird,” “Get Out” and “BPM.” The bittersweet story of two American men—a teen and a twenty-something—who fall for each other in Italy, also earned Timothée Chalamet a Dorian for film performance by an actor.
Chalamet, who was also seen in Dorian nominee “Lady Bird,” was the group’s “We’re Wilde About You” Rising Star. Greta Gerwig, writer and director of the female-focused, coming-of-age drama was named Director of the Year.
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“BPM,” the story of the AIDS epidemic in France took honors for best foreign language film and, in the group’s trademark races, “God’s Own Country”—the other gay love story of 2017—won as GALECA's Unsung Film of the Year. Awards-season darling “Shape of Water” impressed as most visually striking film, while “mother!,” Darren Aronofsky’s over-the-top psychological chiller starring Jennifer Lawrence, was deemed Campy Flick of the Year.
The LGBTQ critics selected Jordan Peale (“Get Out”) for both the Wilde Wit of the Year and Wilde Artist of the Year, while Meryl Streep was recognized with the Timeless Star award.
“From ‘Sophie’s Choice’ to ‘Postcards from the Edge’, Streep’s an incredibly stirring and affecting actress who transports, delights and nails various accents like no other…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,” said GALECA executive director.
Among TV categories, HBO’s murder mystery “Big Little Lies” took TV Drama of the Year, with star Nicole Kidman taking the top acting award for a female. Kyle MacLachlan was Kidman’s male counterpart for “Twin Peaks: The Return.”
Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” took top TV comedy, edging out “Will & Grace,” and FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan” was Campy TV Show of the Year.
Starz’s provocative fantasy “American Gods,” which ironically is awaiting renewal for a second season, took unsung TV show and two programs racked up their second wins in as many years: current events show of the year “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS) and the LGBTQ show of the year “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (Logo).
Dorian winners will receive their awards at a reception on Feb. 24 in Beverly Hills.
A complete list of nominees and winners can be found at GALECA.org. SFGN arts and entertainment editor J.W. Arnold is a voting member of GALECA.