Have you been glued to the television during the COVID-19 pandemic? How many series have you binge watched over the past four months? Are you looking for the next hit show?
GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics (including SFGN arts & entertainment editor J.W. Arnold) have also been watching and recently weighed in with nominees for the Dorian TV Awards, their favorites in broadcast, streaming and subscription television dramas, comedies, news programs and films.
The Pop network comedy “Schitt’s Creek” led the pack with seven nominations, while “Hollywood” — Netflix’s ambitious, star-studded reimagining of Tinseltown’s early days — said “hooray” to six nods, including all four acting categories. HBO’s fact-based TV movie “Bad Education” and critically-acclaimed miniseries “Watchmen” followed with four Dorian nominations each
“With a global pandemic, severe economic strife, the gut-punches of racism and police brutality proverbially hitting us all — this might not seem like the right time for fluffy showbiz awards,” said GALECA President Diane Anderson-Minshall, CEO and editorial director of Pride Media (The Advocate, Out, Pride, Plus) in a statement.
“But it may be more important than ever now to embrace and champion quality stories and push the real Hollywood’s entitled writers, producers, executives and PR reps out of their bubble and into truly reflecting America’s diversity for a change. They have so much power, and entertainment journalism groups like GALECA can make them accountable,” she added.
In addition to “Schitt’s Creek,” a previous Dorian Award winner when GALECA combined its film and TV awards into one ceremony, other series snagging multiple nods are Netflix's “The Crown,” “Dead to Me” and “Ozark,” and FX's “Mrs. America” and “What We Do in the Shadows.” Other past winners up for awards include “Killing Eve” (BBC America) and “RuPaul's Drag Race” (VH1).
The LGBTQ critics also present trademark categories, including “Wilde Wit of the Year,” named for Oscar Wilde and honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse. Nominees include Dan Levy, Randy Rainbow, Hannah Gadsby, Cate Blanchett and Trevor Noah.
Vying for campiest TV show are “The Great” (Hulu), “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1), and Netflix’s “AJ and the Queen,” “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings” and the surprise COVID-19 lockdown hit “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.”
“We’re again proud of our members’ eclectic choices,” said executive director John Griffiths, noting “GALECA is discussing actionable steps to bolster representation of People of Color, women, trans, non-binary and genderqueer professional journalists in our ranks — for the vital big picture and to make our Dorian Awards as rich and reflective of the LGBTQ eye as possible.”
The 2020 Dorian TV Awards will be announced Aug. 21. For a full list of nominees, go to GALECA.org.