The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA), of which I and Movie Dearest contributor Chris Carpenter are members, have named Steve McQueen's epic period drama 12 Years a Slave as the 2013 Film of the Year in this year's Dorian Awards. Other big winners include Dallas Buyers Club's Matthew McConaughey and Blue Jasmine's Cate Blanchett in the film performance categories and the French lesbian romance Blue is the Warmest Color as both Foreign Language Film of the Year and LGBT Film of the Year.
Kill Your Darlings, starring Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg, and Short Term 12 tied as the Unsung Film of the Year, while the documentary Bridegroom, Pedro Almodóvar's campy I'm So Excited! and the "visually striking" Gravity round out the movie prizes.
The Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra and women-in-prison dramedy Orange is the New Black topped the television awards, tieing for TV Drama of the Year, with Orange also named LGBT TV Show of the Year. Candelabra's Michael Douglas took TV Actor of the Year and Orange's Laverne Cox was crowned the year's "rising star" with the "We're Wilde About You" Award. Jessica Lange won her third Dorian Award in a row for her role in the American Horror Story franchise, with AHS: Coven also named Campy TV Show of Year.
HBO's Girls and Getting On won TV Comedy and Unsung TV Show, respectively, while Dame Shirley Bassey's showstopping rendition of her iconic James Bond theme "Goldfinger" at the 82nd Academy Awards was named the TV Musical Performance of the Year.
Special Awards were also given to political pundit Rachel Maddow ("Wilde Wit of the Year"), eccentric Renaissance man James Franco ("Wilde Artist of the Year") and legendary actress and comedienne Lily Tomlin (The Timeless Award).
GALECA's annual toast of the winners will be held the afternoon of Sunday, March 9, in Hollywood (location to be announced). For more information on GALECA, visit their official website or follow them on Twitter and Facebook.