Carol Sweeps Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) Awards

Carol sweeps the Dorian awards

Carol sweeps the Dorian awards

Todd Haynes and Carol finally receive their deserved award wins in the form of Dorian awards.

HOLLYWOOD, CA — The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, comprised of over 130 professional critics and entertainment journalists nationwide, today released its choices for the best in movies and television of 2015.

This year, the 1950s-set lesbian romance Carol surprised with a rare GALECA sweep, with wins for Film of the Year, Director of the Year (Todd Haynes), Screenplay of the year (Phyllis Nagy) and LGBTQ Film of the Year. In addition, Cate Blanchett, earned Film Performance of the Year — Actress for her titular turn. Haynes also was also hailed as Wilde Artist of the Year (named for the group’s patron saint Oscar Wilde). As for Film Performance of the Year — Actor, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant prevailed. Blanchett previously won a Dorian Award for Blue Jasmine.

Mad Max: Fury Road wins Visually Striking Film of the Year

Mad Max: Fury Road wins Visually Striking Film of the Year

Director Sean Baker’s Tangerine, the drama of a clique of transgender women navigating the mean streets of Hollywood, took Unsung Film of the Year, while George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road was deemed Visually Striking Film of the Year. Amy, the unvarnished account of the rise and fall of soulful singer Amy Winehouse, won Documentary of the Year.

In television categories, Fargo and Orange is the Black tied for TV Drama of the Year. Transparent won for TV Comedy of the Year, with star Jeffrey Tambor winning his second Dorian for TV Performance of the Year — Actor. Empire’s Taraji P. Henson was victorious in the Actress category, and her series landed as Campy TV Show of the Year.

Taking a stand in less traditional categories, GALECA members chose edgy comic and society button-pusher Amy Schumer (Trainwreck, Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer) as Wilde Wit of the Year. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver won TV Current Affairs Show of the Year. Campy Flick victor: Magic Mike XXL.

Jane Fonda - Timeless Star Award

Jane Fonda – Timeless Star Award

GALECA’s annual, Hasty Pudding-esque Winners Toast is set for Sunday, March 6, in Los Angeles. Past GALECA toasts have drawn Lea DeLaria, Transparent’s Melora Hardin, famed marriage rights activists Jeff Carrillo and Paul Katami, The Comeback’s Robert Michael Morris and trailblazing actor Wilson Cruz.

The week previous, GALECA added actress Jane Fonda — veteran star of the film classics Klute, Coming Home, 9 to 5 as well as the past year’s Youth and ongoing Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie — to their Timeless Star list, a career achievement kudos that also includes Sir Ian McKellen, George Takei, Betty White, Chloris Leachman and Fonda’s Grace costar Lily Tomlin.

 

 

 

Full list of winners (with nominees) here:

GALECA 2015/16 DORIAN AWARDS (WINNERS IN BOLD)

FILM OF THE YEAR

The Big Short / Paramount, Regency

Brooklyn / Fox Searchlight

Carol / The Weinstein Company

Mad Max: Fury Road / Warner Bros., Village Roadshow

Spotlight / Open Road, Participant, First Look

 

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR 

(Film or Television)

Sean Baker, Tangerine / Magnolia Pictures

Todd Haynes, Carol / The Weinstein Company

Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, The Revenant / Fox

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight / Open Road, Participant, First Look

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road / Warner Bros., Village Roadshow

 

PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR — ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett, Carol / The Weinstein Company

Brie Larson, Room / A24

Rooney Mara, Carol / The Weinstein Company

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years / Sundance Selects

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn / Fox Searchlight

 

PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR — ACTOR

Matt Damon, The Martian / Fox

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant / Fox

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs / Universal

Tom Hardy, Legend / Universal, Cross Creek

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl / Focus, Working Title

 

LGBTQ FILM OF THE YEAR

Carol / The Weinstein Company

The Danish Girl / Focus, Working Title

Freeheld / Summit

Grandma / Sony Pictures Classics

Tangerine / Magnolia Pictures

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR

The Assassin / Central Motion Pictures, Well Go USA

Mustang / Cohen Media Group

Phoenix / Sundance Selects

Son of Saul / Sony Pictures Classics

Viva / Magnolia Pictures

 

SCREENPLAY OF THE YEAR

Emma Donoghue, Room / A24

Phyllis Nagy, Carol / The Weinstein Company

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short / Paramount, Regency

Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy, Spotlight / Open Road, Participant, First Look

Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs / Universal

 

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR 

(theatrical release, TV airing or DVD release)

Amy / A24

Best of Enemies / Magnolia Pictures, Magnet

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief / HBO

Making a Murderer / Netflix

What Happened, Miss Simone? / Netflix

 

VISUALLY STRIKING FILM OF THE YEAR

(honoring a production of stunning beauty, from art direction to cinematography)

Carol / The Weinstein Company

The Danish Girl / Focus, Working Title

Mad Max: Fury Road / Warner Bros., Village Roadshow

The Martian / Fox

The Revenant / Fox

 

UNSUNG FILM OF THE YEAR

The Diary of a Teenage Girl / Sony Pictures Classics

Ex Machina / A24

Grandma / Sony Pictures Classics

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl / Fox Searchlight

Tangerine (Magnolia)

 

CAMPY FLICK OF THE YEAR

The Boy Next Door

Fifty Shades of Grey

Magic Mike XXL

Jupiter Ascending

Stonewall

 

TV DRAMA OF THE YEAR (TIE)

Fargo / FX

The Leftovers / HBO

Mad Men / AMC

Mr. Robot / USA

Orange is the New Black / Netflix

 

TV COMEDY OF THE YEAR

Grace and Frankie / Netflix

Master of None / Netflix

Transparent / Amazon

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt / Netflix

Veep / HBO

 

TV PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR — ACTOR

Titus Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt / Netflix

Jon Hamm, Mad Men / AMC

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot / USA

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent / Amazon

Justin Theroux, The Leftovers / HBO

 

TV PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR — ACTRESS

Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder / ABC

Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie / Netflix

Taraji P. Henson, Empire / Fox

Krysten Ritter, Jessica Jones / Netflix

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie / Netflix

 

TV CURRENT AFFAIRS SHOW OF THE YEAR

Anderson Cooper 360 / CNN

The Daily Show / Comedy Central

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver / HBO

The Rachel Maddow Show / MSNBC

Real Time with Bill Maher / HBO

 

LGBTQ TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

Grace and Frankie / Netflix

Looking / HBO

Orange is the New Black / Netflix

Sense8 / Netflix

Transparent / Amazon

 

UNSUNG TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

Broad City / Comedy Central

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend / CW

Getting On / HBO

Looking / HBO

UnReal / Lifetime

 

TV MUSICAL MOMENT OF THE YEAR

Adele: “Hello / ” Adele Live in New York City / NBC

Aretha Franklin: “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors / CBS

Lady Gaga: The Sound of Music 50th anniversary tribute, 87th Annual Academy Awards / ABC

Sydney Lucas and the Cast of Fun Home: “Ring of Keys” 69th Annual Tony Awards / CBS

John Legend and Common: “Glory” (Original song nominee, Selma): 87th Annual Academy Awards / ABC

 

CAMPY TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

American Horror Story: Hotel

Empire 

How to Get Away with Murder

Scream Queens

Sense8

 

“WE’RE WILDE ABOUT YOU!” RISING STAR AWARD

Rami Malek

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez

Mya Taylor

Jacob Tremblay

Alicia Vikander

 

WILDE WIT OF THE YEAR 

(honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)

Billy Eichner

Rachel Maddow

Tig Notaro

John Oliver

Amy Schumer

 

WILDE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(honoring a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theater and/or television)

Andrew Haigh

Todd Haynes

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Tig Notaro

Amy Schumer

 

TIMELESS STAR

(to an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit)

Jane Fonda (previously announced)

 

GALECA’S MISSION

GALECA, an established 501 C-6 nonprofit, aims to generate camaraderie in an unsettling media environment, champion constructive film and TV criticism and elevate entertainment journalism as a whole. Via panels, screenings, events and its occasional “Ten Best” lists, GALECA also strives to remind the world that the LGBTQ-munity has a significant history of helping improve pop culture at large. After all, how would the world fare without knowing what’s campy?

 

 

About The Author

Jen Kilchenmann

Originally from Switzerland, Jen moved to the UK to complete her education in media and film. She has been a film critic for over 15 years, has written for g3 Magazine, AfterEllen and SoSoGay. Now based out of Seattle, Jen is part of the programming team for SLGFF, a board member at Three Dollar Bill Cinema, and in development on a handful of screenplays.

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