As the Oscars ceremony approaches, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics was the latest industry group to announce their nominees for the Dorian Awards.

SFGN Arts & Entertainment Editor J.W. Arnold is a longtime member.

Jane Campion’s period Cowboy drama from Netflix, “The Power of the Dog,” leads the pack with nine nods, including best film, LGBTQ film, director and three for acting. Three films followed with five nominations each: The 1920s-set racial drama “Passing,” the animated refugee documentary “Flee,” and Steven Spielberg’s reimagining of “West Side Story.”

“Dog” and “Story” contend for best film, along with three films that received four Dorian nominations each: Japanese relationship drama “Drive My Car,” Swedish romantic comedy “The Worst Person in the World” and “Tick, Tick. . .Boom!,” the musical about the short life of “Rent” creator Jonathan Larson.

In the studio numbers race, Netflix was top dog with 23 nominations for its titles. Neon followed with 18, and Disney / 20th Century Studios scored nine. 

GALECA, comprised of over 350 journalists and critics covering film and TV accessible in the U.S., did offer some surprises: Campion and Spielberg are joined in the best director category by Denis Villeneuve — whose epic “Dune” redux only garnered visual and music nods in other awards races — and Julia Ducournau with her French thriller “Titane.”

In the gender-neutral best film acting category, bold turns by Nicolas Cage (“Pig”), Simon Rex (“Red Rocket”) and Renate Reinsve (“Worst Person”) appear in GALECA’s expanded short list of ten slots. “Zola,” “Benedetta” and “Shiva Baby” also landed nominations. 

“Flee” is up against the sci-fi fantasy “Belle,” Disney musicals “Encanto” and “Luca,” and Netflix’s invading-robots tale “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” in the inaugural best-animated film category, 

The Dorian award for best film music, another new category for 2022, will be awarded to one of these nominees: “Encanto,” with original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda and score by Germaine Franco, and “Spencer,” with music by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.

As for the critics' group’s trademark campiest flick honor, members dared to nominate the fashion biz drama “House of Gucci” (starring past Dorian Award winner Lady Gaga), the stylized Adam Driver musical “Annette,” horror film “Malignant” and M. Night Shyamalan’s “beach-that-makes-people-crave-prunes” tale, “Old,” commented GALECA Executive Director John Griffiths. Disney’s “101 Dalmatians” sequel “Cruella” rounds the category out.

The nominees for the special Wilde Artist award include Campion, musician Lil Nas X, actor Jennifer Coolidge, Pedro Almodóvar and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who made his directorial debut this season with “Tick, Tick…Boom!”

Five women are vying for GALECA’s Rising Star award: “West Side Story” breakouts Ariana DeBose and Rachel Zegler, “Licorice Pizza” star Alana Haim, actress-comedian Patti Harrison (“Together Together”) and Jasmin Savoy Brown (“Scream,” TV’s “Yellowjackets”). 

“You could say the movies and performances chosen by our Society’s members are a reflection of what appeals to the entire trendsetting queer and trans community,” said GALECA President Monika Estrella Negra. “As our representation grows in the industry and beyond, expect the Dorian Awards to continue to shine light on the importance, and excitement, of having diverse critical eyes on cinema. There is much work to be done in advancing a variety of voices and images that often go unheard and unseen.” 

Winners, including recipients of the group’s special Timeless Star for career achievement and LGBTQIA+ Trailblazer honors, will be announced March 17. A full list of nominees can be found at SFGN.com.

2022 DORIAN AWARD NOMINATIONS

BEST FILM

“Drive My Car”

“The Power of the Dog” 

“The Worst Person in the World” 

“Tick, Tick. . .Boom!” 

“West Side Story” 

BEST LGBTQ FILM

“Benedetta” 

“Flee” 

“Parallel Mothers” 

“Shiva Baby” 

“The Power of the Dog” 

BEST NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE FILM

“Drive My Car” 

“Flee” 

“Parallel Mothers” 

“The Worst Person in the World”

“Titane” 

BEST UNSUNG FILM

“Mass” 

“Passing” 

“Shiva Baby”

“The Green Knight” 

“Zola” 

BEST DIRECTOR

Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog”

Julia Ducournau, “Titane” 

Ryusuke Hamaguchi, “Drive My Car”

Steven Spielberg, “West Side Story”

Denis Villeneuve, “Dune”

BEST SCREENPLAY

“Drive My Car” - Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe (adapted)

“Passing” - Rebecca Hall (adapted)

“The Lost Daughter” - Maggie Gyllenhaal (adapted) 

“The Power of the Dog” - Jane Campion (adapted) 

“The Worst Person in the World” - Eskil Vogt and Joachim Trier (original) 

BEST FILM PERFORMANCE

Nicolas Cage, “Pig”

Jessica Chastain, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” 

Olivia Colman, “The Lost Daughter”

Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Power of the Dog”

Penelope Cruz, “Parallel Mothers”

Andrew Garfield, “Tick, Tick. . . Boom!”

Renate Reinsve, “The Worst Person in the World”

Simon Rex, “Red Rocket”

Kristen Stewart, “Spencer” 

Tessa Thompson, “Passing”

BEST SUPPORTING FILM PERFORMANCE

Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story”

Robin de Jesús, “Tick, Tick. . . Boom!”

Colman Domingo, “Zola”

Ann Dowd, “Mass”

Kirsten Dunst, “The Power of the Dog”

Mike Faist, “West Side Story”

Troy Kotsur, “CODA”

Ruth Negga, “Passing”

Martha Plimpton, “Mass”

Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog”

BEST DOCUMENTARY

“Flee” 

“Procession” 

“Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It” 

“Summer of Soul” 

“The Rescue” 

“The Velvet Underground” 

BEST LGBTQ DOCUMENTARY

“Ailey” 

“Flee” 

“My Name is Pauli Murray”

“Pray Away”

“Wojnarowicz: F**k You F*ggot F***er”

MOST VISUALLY STRIKING FILM

“Dune”

“Nightmare Alley”

“Passing”

“The Power of the Dog”

“West Side Story”

“Titane”

BEST ANIMATED FILM

“Belle”

“Encanto”

“Flee”

“Luca”

“The Mitchells vs. the Machines”

BEST FILM MUSIC 

“Dune”

“Encanto”

“Spencer”

“The Power of the Dog”

“Tick, Tick. . .Boom!”

“WE’RE WILDE ABOUT YOU!” RISING STAR

Ariana DeBose

Alana Haim     

Patti Harrison

Jasmin Savoy Brown

Rachel Zegler

WILDE ARTIST

(to a truly groundbreaking force in film, theater and/or television)

Pedro Almodóvar

Jane Campion

Jennifer Coolidge

Lil Nas X

Lin-Manuel Miranda   

CAMPIEST FLICK

“Annette”

“Cruella”

“House of Gucci”

“Malignant”

“Old”

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