A&E: LGBT Critics Weigh in During Film, TV Awards Season

“Cats” was named the campiest film of 2019 by LGBTQ entertainment critics. Credit: Universal Pictures.

Hollywoods glitzy awards season is already underway with the Hollywood Foreign Press Associations Golden Globe Awards announced earlier this month.

Now,  with the Academy Awards nominations looming, the LGBT media have weighed in with their favorites in film and television.

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, comprised of 260 mainly U.S. journalists covering film and television (including SFGN & Mirror A&E editor J.W. Arnold), has named its picks for 2019s finest movies, performances and more across a host of mainstream and LGBT-focused categories. 

South Korean director Bong Joon-hos “Parasite” gobbled up five wins, including Film of the Year, Director and Screenplay. Renée Zellweger (Judy”) took Performance of the Year—Actress, with Antonio Banderas the top choice in the Actor race. The societys Rising Star of the year was Florence Pugh (Little Women”).

"GALECA members strive to determine the best cinematic experiences through the distinct LGBTQ lens, and this year was particularly rich in options,” said GALECA president Diane Anderson-Minshall, Editorial Director of The Advocate. “Yet when director Bong Joon-hos ‘Parasite’ practically swept our awards roster with five wins, I was not surprised.

The dynamic, darkly comic drama about a poor family conniving to live the good life speaks to the times we live in, with vivid commentary on class, inequity and even climate change. ‘Parasite’ is a perfect film for the Trump era.”

Among the professional LGBT journalists groups trademark categories, “Booksmart” scored as Unsung Film of the Year, while “Cats” took the groups semi-dubious, if affectionate, Campy Flick of the Year category. 

With the Societys recent move to spin off its television categories with a separate ceremony starting this August, the Dorians’ TV categories came with a somewhat truncated eligibility window of Jan. 1 – Nov. 1. 

FX's “Pose” again won TV Drama of the Year and LGBTQ TV Drama for the second year—and its star Billy Porter took another Dorian win as well—while Comedy Centrals “The Other Two” was named best Unsung TV Show. 

Amazons “Fleabag” was anointed TV Comedy of the Year, with star-creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge reigning as TV Performance of the Year—Actress and Wilde Wit of the Year. 

Lady Gaga wowed GALECAs members in a special vote as Wilde Artist of the Decade. Gagas duet with Bradley Cooper of Shallow” at last years Oscars also counted with the group as the TV Musical Performance of the Year.

As previously announced, Olivia Wildethe first-time director of “Booksmart,” will be receiving a special honor at the groups Dorian Awards Winners Toast, which will be held on Sunday, Feb. 2 in Los Angeles, before Super Bowl fever kicks in. The invitation-only event will include a raise of the glass to Wilde, named GALECAs Wilde Artist of the Year. 

GALECA, formed in 2009, aims to generate camaraderie and solidarity among LGBT journalists in an unsettling media environment, champion constructive film and television criticism and elevate the craft of entertainment journalism.  

Via panels, screenings and the annual Dorian Awards, GALECA also strives to remind at-risk youth, bullies and bigots that the world looks to the Q eye for leads on great, unique movies and TV. And how would the world fare without knowing what's campy?” explained executive director John Griffiths.

For a full list of 2019 GALECA Dorian Award nominees and winners, go to GALECA.org.