Tuesday, January 19, 2016

And the 2015 Dorian Awards Go To...



Carol, Todd Haynes' beautifully crafted lesbian romance, and Transparent, the hit Amazon Prime trans dramedy, have swept this year's Dorian Awards. Presented by the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (of which I and my fellow Movie Dearest critic Chris Carpenter are members), the Dorians (named after Dorian Gray, the literary creation of GALECA's patron saint Oscar Wilde) have honored the year's best in film and television since 2009.


With a record-setting seven film nominations, Carol is also the new Dorian cinematic champ with five wins, besting previous winner A Single Man, which won three awards in the Dorians' first year. In addition to Film and Director of the Year prizes, Carol was named the LGBTQ Film of the Year and netted wins for its screenwriter Phyllis Nagy and star Cate Blanchett. A previous winner for Blue Jasmine two years ago, this win makes Blanchett the Dorians' most-honored film actor to date. Director Haynes was also named the "Wilde Artist of the Year", given to a "truly groundbreaking force in film".

Leonardo DiCaprio, the Hungarian Holocaust drama Son of Saul and the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy continued their winning streaks on their way to the Oscars with wins for, respectively, his gritty performance in The Revenant and as Foreign Language Film and Documentary of the Year. The scrappy indie comedy Tangerine was named the year's Unsung Film, while the eye-popping apocalyptic adventure Mad Max: Fury Road added the Dorian for Visually Striking Film of the Year to its growing haul of kudos. And just like the original Magic Mike three years ago, the ignominious Magic Mike XXL was crowned the Campy Flick of the Year.


For the second year in a row, Transparent won the television Dorians for TV Comedy and LGBTQ TV Show of the Year and for its star Jeffrey Tambor. As a result of a tie, Fargo and Orange is the New Black share TV Drama top honors this year, while Taraji P. Henson took TV Actress and her show, Empire, took Campy TV Show of the Year. Unsung TV honors went to the late Looking, and another HBO series, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, won for TV Current Affairs Show. And Aretha Franklin's show-stopping rendition of Carol King's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" from last month's Kennedy Center Honors took the prize for TV Musical Moment of the Year.

Additional awards went to Ex Machina and The Danish Girl MVP Alicia Vikander as the year's "We're Wilde About You" Rising Star and ubiquitous Trainwreck comedienne Amy Schumer as the "Wilde Wit of the Year". And last but certainly not least, legendary actress Jane Fonda was awarded the "Timeless Award", GALECA's version of a life achievement honor. Previous "Timeless" winners include Betty White, Ian McKellen, George Takei and Jane's 9 to 5/Grace and Frankie co-star Lily Tomlin.

For the complete list of the 2015 Dorian Award nominees and winners, see the comments section below.

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  1. GALECA 2015/16 DORIAN AWARDS (WINNERS NOTED)

    FILM OF THE YEAR:
    The Big Short
    Brooklyn
    • Carol
    Mad Max: Fury Road
    Spotlight

    DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR:
    Sean Baker, Tangerine
    • Todd Haynes, Carol / The Weinstein Company
    Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, The Revenant
    Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
    George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

    PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR — ACTRESS:
    • Cate Blanchett, Carol
    Brie Larson, Room
    Rooney Mara, Carol
    Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
    Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

    PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR — ACTOR:
    Matt Damon, The Martian
    • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
    Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
    Tom Hardy, Legend
    Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

    LGBTQ FILM OF THE YEAR:
    • Carol
    The Danish Girl
    Freeheld
    Grandma
    Tangerine

    FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR:
    The Assassin
    Mustang
    Phoenix
    • Son of Saul
    Viva

    SCREENPLAY OF THE YEAR:
    Emma Donoghue, Room
    • Phyllis Nagy, Carol
    Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short
    Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
    Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs

    DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR:
    • Amy
    Best of Enemies
    Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
    Making a Murderer
    What Happened, Miss Simone?

    VISUALLY STRIKING FILM OF THE YEAR:
    Carol
    The Danish Girl
    • Mad Max: Fury Road
    The Martian
    The Revenant

    UNSUNG FILM OF THE YEAR:
    The Diary of a Teenage Girl
    Ex Machina
    Grandma
    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
    • Tangerine

    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
    The Leftovers
    Mad Men
    Mr. Robot
    • Orange is the New Black

    TV COMEDY OF THE YEAR:
    Grace and Frankie
    Master of None
    • Transparent
    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    Veep

    TV PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR — ACTOR:
    Titus Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    Jon Hamm, Mad Men
    Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
    • Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
    Justin Theroux, The Leftovers

    TV PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR — ACTRESS:
    Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
    Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
    • Taraji P. Henson, Empire
    Krysten Ritter, Jessica Jones
    Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

    TV CURRENT AFFAIRS SHOW OF THE YEAR:
    Anderson Cooper 360
    The Daily Show
    • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
    The Rachel Maddow Show
    Real Time with Bill Maher

    LGBTQ TV SHOW OF THE YEAR:
    Grace and Frankie
    Looking
    Orange is the New Black
    Sense8
    • Transparent

    UNSUNG TV SHOW OF THE YEAR:
    Broad City
    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
    Getting On
    • Looking
    UnReal

    TV MUSICAL MOMENT OF THE YEAR:
    - Adele: “Hello / ” Adele Live in New York City
    • Aretha Franklin: “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors
    - Lady Gaga: The Sound of Music 50th anniversary tribute, 87th Annual Academy Awards
    - Sydney Lucas and the Cast of Fun Home: "Ring of Keys” 69th Annual Tony Awards
    - John Legend and Common: “Glory” (Original song nominee, Selma): 87th Annual Academy Awards

    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)

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