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.
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