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Friday, February 12, 2021

Indie Favorites Dominate the 2020 Dorian Award Nominations

Minari

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics has announced the nominations for their 12th Annual Dorian Awards, honoring the best in film for 2020 (plus the first two months of 2021 à la the Oscars). Leading the pack with 6 nominations is Lee Isaac Chung's tender family drama Minari, including nods for both Film of the Year and Foreign Language Film of the Year. Chloé Zhao's powerfully moving Nomadland (the #1 movie in both my and Chris' top 10 of last year) close behind with 5 nominations. Promising Young Woman (4 nominations), First Cow and Sound of Metal (3 nominations each) round out the contenders for the Film of the Year prize.

The four acting races include a diverse array of talent, including two nominations for the late Chadwick Boseman (for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Da 5 Bloods); he is among the contenders for the "Wilde Artist of the Year" award as well. Meanwhile, four of the five finalists for Director of the Year (Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman, Regina King for One Night in Miami, Kelly Reichardt for First Cow and Zhao) and Screenplay of the Year (Radha Blank for The Forty-Year-Old Version, Eliza Hittman for Never Rarely Sometimes Always), Fennell and Zhao) are women.

Nomadland

King and Zhao are also nominated for Artist of the Year (along with Elliot Page and Dolly Parton), with Blank also a finalist for the "We're Wilde About You" Rising Star Award. She is joined in that category with two other multiple nominees, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm's Maria Bakalova (a supporting actress nominee) and Never Rarely Sometimes Always lead actress nominee Sidney Flanigan. They are joined by One Night in Miami's Malcolm X, Kingsley Ben-Adir, and young Minari scene-stealer Alan S. Kim.

LGBTQ-themed films, naturally, fared well, with two romances – Two of Us from France and I Carry You with Me from Mexico – named finalists for Foreign Language Film of the Year. The latter is also a contender for LGBTQ Film of the Year, along with Ammonite, The Boys in the Band, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Supernova and Uncle Frank. And Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen and Welcome to Chechnya were nominated for both Documentary of the Year and LGBTQ Documentary of the Year.

Promising Young Woman


GALECA (of which Movie Dearest's own Chris Carpenter and myself are long-standing members) will announce the Dorian Award winners in all categories (including this year's recipient of the "Timeless Award" for lifetime achievement) on April 18th in an original special on Revry TV.

For more information about GALECA, you can visit the official website or do the social network thing via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

And the nominees are...

FILM OF THE YEAR: First Cow, Minari, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman and Sound of Metal

FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR - ACTOR: Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal, Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Anthony Hopkins in The Father, Delroy Lindo in Da 5 Bloods and Steven Yeun in Minari

FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR - ACTRESS: Nicole Beharie in Miss Juneteenth, Viola Davis in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Sidney Flanigan in Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Frances McDormand in Nomadland and Carey Mulligan in Promising Young Woman

SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR - ACTOR: Chadwick Boseman in Da 5 Bloods, Sacha Baron Cohen in The Trial of the Chicago 7, Daniel Kaluuya in Judas and the Black Messiah. Leslie Odom, Jr. in One Night in Miami and Paul Raci in Sound of Metal

Sound of Metal

SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR - ACTRESS: Maria Bakalova in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Candice Bergen in Let Them All Talk, Olivia Colman in The Father, Amanda Seyfried in Mank and Youn Yuh-Jung in Minari

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR: Lee Isaac Chung for Minari, Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman, Regina King for One Night in Miami, Kelly Reichardt for First Cow and Chloé Zhao for Nomadland

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR: Another Round, Bacurau, I Carry You with Me, La Llorona, Minari and Two of Us

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR: Collective, Crip Camp, Dick Johnson Is Dead, Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen, Time and Welcome to Chechnya

SCREENPLAY OF THE YEAR: Radha Blank for The Forty-Year-Old Version, Lee Isaac Chung for Minari, Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman, Eliza Hittman for Never Rarely Sometimes Always and Chloé Zhao for Nomadland

LGBTQ FILM OF THE YEAR: Ammonite, The Boys in the Band, I Carry You with Me, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Supernova and Uncle Frank

First Cow

LGBTQ DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR: Born To Be, Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen, Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado, A Secret Love and Welcome to Chechnya

VISUALLY STRIKING FILM OF THE YEAR: Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, Mank, Nomadland, Soul and Wolfwalkers

CAMPY FLICK OF THE YEAR: Bad Hair, Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, The Prom and Wonder Woman 1984

UNSUNG FILM OF THE YEAR: The Assistant, Driveways, First Cow, The Forty-Year-Old Version, Miss Juneteenth, Never Rarely Sometimes Always and Shirley

THE WE'RE WILDE ABOUT YOU RISING STAR AWARD: Maria Bakalova, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Radha Blank, Sidney Flanigan and Alan S. Kim

WILDE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Chadwick Boseman, Regina King, Elliot Page, Dolly Parton and Chloé Zhao

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