GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics recently announced the winners of their 14th annual Dorian TV awards, celebrating the best of both mainstream and queer programming on broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.
GALECA, comprised of more than 360 critics and journalists in the U.S., Australia and U.K., including SFGN arts & entertainment editor J.W. Arnold, chose Showtime’s “Yellowjackets” for Best TV Drama. Melanie Lynskey, star of the mystery/drama scored Best TV Performance in a combined category that included nominees of all genders.
ABC’s “Abbott Elementary,” a comedy about a devoted teacher navigating an underfunded inner-city school in Philadelphia, earned Best TV Comedy. Another school-set hit, Netflix's “Heartstopper,” scored Best LGBTQ TV Show for its story of friendship, love and romance among a group of British teens.
Netflix’s dystopian thriller “Squid Game” was the victorious Non-English Language TV Show, despite the prominence of controversial and stereotypical limp-wristed villains.
In unique GALECA categories, the critics judged HBO’s “Euphoria” as Most Visually Striking TV Show, while Peacock’s over-the-top sitcom about a reunited ‘90s girl band, “Girls5eva,” won Campiest TV Show.
GALECA’s inaugural TV Icon honor (originally titled the “You Deserve an Award!” Award) ended up in a tie: Christine Baranski, beloved for her aloof and deceptively imperious roles in “Cybill,” “The Good Wife,” “The Good Fight” and HBO’s current period drama “The Gilded Age,” shared the title with comic actress Cassandra Peterson, adored for her decades of vamping, alter ego-style, as horror movie show host Elvira.
Finally, actor/comedian Jerrod Carmichael (“The Carmichael Show,” HBO’s “Rothaniel”) was named LGBTQIA+ TV Trailblazer "for creating art that inspires empathy, truth and equity.”
“Rothaniel Jerrod Carmichael, raised in a low-income household in North Carolina, was just 26 when he helped convince NBC to put his own sitcom on the air back in 2015,” said GALECA executive director John Griffiths. “In coming out in his HBO comedy special ‘Rothaniel’ this year, he did so with the sort of self-effacing wit, vulnerability and observational humor that would make his heroes Richard Pryor and George Carlin proud. Carmichael has no doubt helped a lot of people turn a page.”
Past trailblazers have included historic Emmy-nominated transgender actor Michaela Jaé (Mj) Rodriguez (“Pose”).
In recent years, the Hollywood television and film industries have acknowledged the growing influence of the Dorian Awards, especially in promoting visibility for underrepresented performers, filmmakers and creative and technical professionals.
GALECA is a founding member of CGEM: Critics Groups for Equality in Media, an alliance that also includes the African American Film Critics Association, Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, Online Female Film Critics Association and the Asian American Journalists Association’s Features Forum.
GALECA’s 14th Dorian Film Awards nominees will be revealed in January, in advance of the Oscars.
For more information and a complete list of nominees and winners, go to GALECA.org.