|Fences, Moonlight, The Handmaiden|
Since 2009, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (of which I and my fellow Movie Dearest critic Chris Carpenter are members) have presented the Dorian Awards (named after Dorian Gray, the literary creation of GALECA's patron saint Oscar Wilde) to honor the year's best in film and television, and the winners for 2016 were announced today.
The year's top winner, Moonlight, the moving drama about a young black man coming to terms with his sexuality, won five awards (tying with last year's big winner Carol) including Film of the Year and LGBTQ Film of the Year. Writer/director Barry Jenkins won for Director and Screenplay of the Year, and Mahershala Ali (who plays a drug dealer/father figure in the film) was honored with the Film Performance - Actor award. Additionally, Trevante Rhodes, one of three actors who play the main character at different ages in Moonlight, was named the Rising Star of Year.
Viola Davis won Film Performance - Actress for her stand out role in Fences. Academy Award front runner La La Land was deemed the Visually Striking Film of the Year, while the South Korean lesbian romance The Handmaiden and the epic O.J.: Made in America won Foreign Language Film and Documentary of the Year, respectively. Christine, the biopic about TV news reporter Christine Chubbock who committed suicide on live television, was named the Unsung Film of the Year, while the Kate Winslet melodrama The Dressmaker took the prize for Campy Film of the Year.
|The Real O'Neals|
For the third year in a row, Transparent won the same three television awards: TV Comedy, LGBTQ TV Show and TV Performance - Actor of the Year, for star Jeffrey Tambor. The acclaimed limited series The People v. O.J. Simpson was the TV Drama of the Year, while its leading lady Sarah Paulson won the TV Performance - Actress award. The ABC sitcom The Real O'Neals, about a gay teen coming out to his Catholic family, was named the Unsung TV Show of the Year, while Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars were named TV Current Affairs Show and Campy TV Show of the Year, respectively.
Kate McKinnon (as Hilary Clinton) singing "Hallelujah" the weekend after the US presidential election on Saturday Night Live was singled out as the TV Musical Performance of the Year, with McKinnon also named, along with Broadway's Hamilton creator/Disney's Moana songwriter Lin Manuel Miranda, as the Wilde Artists of the Year. And the Wilde Wit award went to the late Carrie Fisher.
The previously announced Timeless Star Award recipient, cult movie icon John Waters, had this to say about his honor: "Timeless Star? Wow! Does that mean good-old or crazy-new? Either way, I’m thrilled and honored to be called a star no matter which side of the camera I choose to be on." Waters joins our previous "Timeless" Award winners Jane Fonda, Angela Lansbury, Cloris Leachman, Ian McKellen, George Takei, Lily Tomlin and Betty White... wouldn't that make for a fabulous dinner party?
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