Film: LGBT Critics Make their Picks as Awards Season Approaches

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(Mirror) Get out your scorecards because Hollywood awards season is here! GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics has named its nominees for its milestone 10th Dorian Awards for the best in film and television of 2018 and LGBT-themed flicks feature prominently among the nominees. 

Leading in the movie categories with eight nominations is “The Favourite,” an unconventional biopic about England’s sexually fluid 18th-century monarch Queen Anne and the two women who competed for her affections. 

“Can You Ever Forgive Me,” featuring Melissa McCarthy as a lesbian con artist, “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Roma” followed with six nods each. “A Star is Born,” another LGBT fan favorite scored four. The stars of the latest “Born” remake—Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga—are both up for film performance honors as well as the group’s special Wilde Artist of the Year award.

Many of the nominations add some excitement to this year’s film awards season. On GALECA’s shortlist for best actor are “First Reformed” star Ethan Hawke and “BlacKkKlansman” lead John David Washington. Toni Collette from “Hereditary” and Yalitza Aparicio of “Roma” vie alongside Gaga for best actress. “Widows” upstart Elizabeth Debicki and “Black Panther” standout Michael B. Jordan up the ante in supporting performance races. And former YouTube star turned “Eighth Grade” writer-director Bo Burnham scored a nomination for Screenplay of the Year.

The spectacular, practically candy-coated Marvel adventure “Panther” is one of the titles up for Visually Striking Film of the Year, while the Diane Keaton comedy “Book Club” and “Aquaman” are in the running for the Campy Flick honor.

In TV categories, FX’s transgender-empowering drama “Pose” and BBC America’s biting cat-and-mouse thriller “Killing Eve” lead among drama series. “Eve” headliners Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, true to their hit’s storyline, vie against each other for TV Performance—Actress, while Hugh Grant and his “A Very English Scandal” paramour Ben Whishaw face each other on the gentlemen’s side. 

Also making a fresh impression with GALECA, comprised of over 200 members in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K. (including SFGN and Mirror arts and entertainment editor J.W. Arnold): HBO’s hitman comedy “Barry,” Pop network’s rich-family satire “Schitt’s Creek,” and Julia Roberts and her cryptic new Amazon conspiracy tale “Homecoming.”

GALECA also recognizes several LGBTQ-specific categories, including best film (“Boy Erased,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” “Disobedience,” “The Favourite,” “Love, Simon”), documentary (“The Gospel According to Andre,” “McQueen,” “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood,” “Studio 54,” “Whitney”) and TV series (“A Very English Scandal,” “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” “Killing Eve,” “Pose,” “Queer Eye”). 

The society also recognizes the campiest film and TV series of the year. The campy flick category includes “Aquaman,” “Book Club,” “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” “A Simple Favor” and “Suspiria,” while TV nominees are “American Horror Story: Apocalypse,” “Chilling Adventures of Sebrina,” “Queer Eye,” “Riverdale” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

“We’re thrilled by the strong variety of films and TV performances our diverse group of members has chosen to praise,” said GALECA president Diane Anderson-Minshall, editorial director of The Advocate. "In a lovely compliment to the Time’s Up movement, several categories, including Wilde Artist of the Year, Wilde Wit of the Year and Rising Star, are dominated by women this year. And it’s inspiring that the majority of our Director of the Year nominees are persons of color, including Spike Lee, Barry Jenkins, and Alfonso Cuarón.”

“It’s hard to believe this is our tenth go-around of giving out our Dorian Awards,” added GALECA’s Executive Director John Griffiths. “In such oddly combative times, that’s really something to covfefe.”

And, if you’re handicapping the Oscars and Emmys races, just remember that the GALECA critics have a pretty solid track record when it comes to picking the big winners. 

Since GALECA’s first film and TV favorites were named in 2010, over 200 artists and productions have received a Dorian Award, while over 1,000 have received nominations. Among its Film of the Year winners are “Argo” and “12 Years a Slave,” as well as two movies directed by Luca Guadagnino, “I Am Love” and “Call Me By Your Name.” With five Dorians each across various categories, “Moonlight” and “Carol” stand as the most awarded films in GALECA history, while “Transparent,” with six wins in best-series categories alone, reigns as the most honored TV title.

Jessica Lange, Cate Blanchett and Jeffrey Tambor rank as GALECA’s most honored performers so far, while MSNBC news personality Rachel Maddow and filmmaker Jordan Peele have each been recognized with three Dorian wins in non-performance categories.

Along with its latest nominations, GALECA announced that comedian and radio personality Frank DeCaro (“The Daily Show”, Sirius XM’s “The Frank DeCaro Show”) will preside as Master of Ceremonies at its invitation-only 10th Dorian Awards Winners Toast in Hollywood later this month. 

 A full list of 2018 Dorian Awards nominees can be found at