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GALECA Dorian Awards winners list for 2018: Bucking the usual suspects

Sally Hawkins
Sally Hawkins in a still from the film The Shape of Water, a Dorian Award winner

Hear, hear for the unexpected and unsung who should be celebrated in Lalaland!

The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, comprised of over 200 gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally entertainment journalists in the U.S., Canada and U.K., known as GALECA — of which Monsters and Critics is a participating member — has released the most recent winners-by-category list for the 2018 Dorian Awards.

The ninth annual event covers both film and television, and honors a “Timeless Star” and “Wilde Artist of the Year” award winner as well.

This year’s 26 TV and film categories, covering mainstream to LGBTQ-themed art also include a new award category for Supporting Film Performance.

GALECA’s no-miss event, the annual Winners Toast, will be held on Saturday, February 24th in Beverly Hills.

Best film of 2017 went to Call Me By Your Name, which led with nine nominations. It also earned Timothée Chalamet a Dorian for Film Performance of the Year in the category of actor. Chalamet also stars in the critically acclaimed film Lady Bird, thus earning him GALECA’s Rising Star award.

Timothée Chalamet
A still showing Timothée Chalamet from Call Me By Your Name

Lady Bird’s director and writer, Greta Gerwig, took the prestigious Director of the Year.

TV veteran Jordan Peele, (Key and Peele sketch comedy series) earned Screenplay of the Year for Get Out, the satirical thriller about a black man (Daniel Kaluuya) who discovers his white girlfriend’s seemingly woke parents are secretly murderous racists.

A triple threat, Peele was also crowned Wilde Artist of the Year (noms for this included Greta Gerwig, Patty Jenkins, David Lynch and Guillermo del Toro) and Wilde Wit of the Year in a tie with SNL star, Kate McKinnon.

TV Musical Performance of the Year was a double whammy too, and for the second year in a row, McKinnon’s impersonation of Kellyanne Conway taking her “alternative facts” act to Broadway scored that win.

The big enchilada was Timeless Star, going to Meryl Streep. This award previously was given to Jane Fonda, Dame Angela Lansbury and Sir Ian McKellen.

Diane Anderson-Minshall, GALECA’s president as well as editorial director of The Advocate magazine, said: “Who doesn’t love Meryl Streep outside of non-feminist Donald Trump? Streep’s latest film, The Post, speaks to her commitment to playing, and supporting, strong women who push for or at least embody the need for equality.

“As The Washington Post’s firebrand Katherine Graham, she inhabited the role of the first female publisher of a major American newspaper — a woman who went from housewife to overseeing the revelations of both Watergate and the Pentagon Papers at a time when most of the men around her were too afraid to take on either. And this was all long before the #MeToo movement.”

John Griffiths, GALECA’s Executive Director, added: “From Sophie’s Choice to Postcards from the Edge, Streep’s an incredibly stirring and affecting actress who transports, delights and nails various accents like no other.

“I’d say she definitely qualifies as a timeless star — and amid all the headlines about sexual harassment in Hollywood, she’s also a very relevant current voice.”

Previously, Streep won a Dorian Award for The Iron Lady back in 2012.

For the smallscreen, HBO miniseries Big Little Lies took TV Drama of the Year, with star Nicole Kidman winning an award as well. Fans of Kyle MacLachlan won for his work in Showtime’s Twin Peaks: The Return.

For unsung TV show which got little love from other award shows, Starz’ American Gods took the award for Unsung TV Show, while TBS’ Full Frontal with Samantha Bee took the win for Current Events Show of the Year.

GALECA’s full Dorian Award winners list for 2018

Timothée Chalamet
A still from Dorian Award winner Call Me By Your Name

FILM OF THE YEAR
BPM (Beats Per Minute) – The Orchard
Call Me By Your Name – Sony Pictures Classics (WINNER)
Get Out – Universal
Lady Bird – A24
The Shape of Water – Fox Searchlight

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (FILM OR TELEVISION)
Sean Baker, The Florida Project – A24
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water – Fox Searchlight
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird – A24 (WINNER)
Luca Guadagnino, Call Me By Your Name – Sony Pictures Classics
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk – Warner Bros.
Jordan Peele, Get Out – Universal

BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR — ACTRESS

Sally Hawkins has a quiet life until she meets the monster of her dreams

Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water – Fox Searchlight (WINNER)
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Fox Searchlight
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya – Neon
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird – A24
Daniela Vega, A Fantastic Woman – Sony Pictures Classics

BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR – ACTOR
Nahuel Perez Biscayart, BPM (Beats Per Minute) — The Orchard
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name – Sony Pictures Classics (WINNER)
James Franco, The Disaster Artist – A24
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out – Universal
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour – Focus Features

Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf
Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf are at loggerheads in coming of age tale Lady Bird

SUPPORTING FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR — ACTRESS
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound – Netflix
Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip – Universal
Allison Janney, I, Tonya – Neon
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird – A24 (WINNER)
Michelle Pfeiffer, mother! – Paramount

SUPPORTING FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR — ACTOR
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project – A24
Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name- Sony Pictures Classics
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water – Fox Searchlight
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Fox Searchlight
Michael Stuhlbarg, Call Me By Your Name – Sony Pictures Classics (WINNER)

LGBTQ FILM OF THE YEAR
BPM (Beats Per Minute) — The Orchard
Battle of the Sexes – Fox Searchlight
Call Me By Your Name – Sony Pictures Classics (WINNER)
A Fantastic Woman – Sony Pictures Classics
God’s Own Country – Samuel Goldwyn Films

Robin Campillo’s AIDS-activist drama BPM was a critically acclaimed film

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
BPM (Beats Per Minute) — The Orchard (WINNER)
A Fantastic Woman – Sony Pictures Classics
First They Killed My Father – Netflix
The Square – Magnolia Pictures
Thelma – The Orchard

SCREENPLAY OF THE YEAR (ORIGINAL OR ADAPTED)
James Ivory, Call Me By Your Name – Sony Pictures Classics
Jordan Peele, Get Out – Universal (WINNER)
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird – A24
Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water – Fox Searchlight
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Fox Searchlight

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR

(theatrical release, TV airing or DVD release)
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story – Zeitgeist/Kino Lorber
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson – Netflix
Faces Places – Cohen Media Group (WINNER)
Jane ­– National Geographic/Abramorama
Kedi – Oscilloscope

VISUALLY STRIKING FILM OF THE YEAR
(honoring a production of stunning beauty, from art direction to cinematography)

Blade Runner 2049 – Warner Bros.
Call Me By Your Name – Sony Pictures Classics
Dunkirk – Warner Bros.
The Shape of Water – Fox Searchlight (WINNER)
Wonderstruck – Amazon

UNSUNG FILM OF THE YEAR

BPM (Beats Per Minute) – The Orchard
Beach Rats – Neon
God’s Own Country – Samuel Goldwyn Films (WINNER)
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women – Annapurna
Wonderstruck – Amazon

CAMPY FLICK OF THE YEAR

Baywatch – Paramount
The Disaster Artist – A24
The Greatest Showman – 20th Century Fox
I, Tonya – Neon
mother! – Paramount (WINNER)

TV DRAMA OF THE YEAR

Big Little Lies – HBO (WINNER)
The Crown – Netflix
Feud: Bette and Joan – FX
The Handmaid’s Tale – Hulu
Twin Peaks: The Return – Showtime

TV COMEDY OF THE YEAR

Better Things – FX
GLOW – Netflix
The Good Place – NBC
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Amazon (WINNER)
Will & Grace – NBC

TV PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR – ACTRESS
Clare Foy, The Crown – Netflix
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies – HBO (WINNER)
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan – FX
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale – Hulu
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies – HBO

TV PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR — ACTOR
Aziz Ansari, Master of None – Netflix
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us – NBC
Jonathan Groff, Mindhunter – Netflix
Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks: The Return – Showtime (WINNER)
Alexander Skaarsgård, Big Little Lies – HBO

TV CURRENT AFFAIRS SHOW OF THE YEAR
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee – TBS (WINNER)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – HBO
Late Night with Seth Meyers – NBC
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – CBS
The Rachel Maddow Show – MSNBC

TV MUSICAL PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Lady Gaga, “God Bless America,” “Born This Way,” etc., Super Bowl LI – Fox
Kate McKinnon, “(Kellyanne) Conway!” Saturday Night Live – NBC (WINNER)
Brendan McCreary, John Mulaney, “I’m Gay,” Big Mouth – Netflix
Pink, “Beautiful Trauma,” American Music Awards – ABC
Sasha Velour, “So Emotional,” RuPaul’s Drag Race – VH1

LGBTQ SHOW OF THE YEAR
Difficult People – Hulu
RuPaul’s Drag Race – VH1 (WINNER)
Sense8 – Netflix
Transparent – Amazon
Will & Grace – NBC

Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle
American Gods was overlooked by most all award shows except GALECA

UNSUNG TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

American Gods – Starz (WINNER)
Dear White People – Netflix
Difficult People – Hulu
At Home with Amy Sedaris – TruTV
The Leftovers – HBO

Jessica Lange., Susan Sarandon
Jessica as Joan and Susan as Bette lit up FX with their tour de force performances

CAMPY TV SHOW OF THE YEAR
Dynasty
Feud: Bette and Joan (WINNER)
Riverdale
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Will & Grace

“WE’RE WILDE ABOUT YOU!” RISING STAR AWARD
Timothée Chalamet (WINNER)
Harris Dickinson
Tiffany Haddish
Daniel Kaluuya
Daniela Vega

WILDE WIT OF THE YEAR AWARD
(honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)
Samantha Bee
Stephen Colbert
Kate McKinnon (WINNER – TIE)
John Oliver
Jordan Peele (WINNER – TIE)

WILDE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
(honoring a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theater and/or television)
Guillermo del Toro
Greta Gerwig
Patty Jenkins
David Lynch
Jordan Peele (WINNER)

TIMELESS STAR
(to a living actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit)
Meryl Streep (WINNER)

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