Dorian Awards: Boyhood, Transparent get GALECA nod, along with Ava DuVernay, Gina Rodriguez, Jill Soloway

Boyhood won top film from  GALECA.

Boyhood won top film from GALECA.

The 110 entertainment writers who vote in the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association’s (GALECA) annual Dorian awards are perhaps more representative of the nation at large than those who vote for the Academy Awards. The Oscars are voted on by largely white males whose choices – especially this year – reflect their myopic taste.

Gina Rodriguez. Photo: JSquared.

Gina Rodriguez. Photo: JSquared.

While there are lots of white males like myself in GALECA, it is also true that the organization has a healthy diversity in its tastes and outlook. And that has once again been reflected in its choices for their annual Dorian Awards. One category I was particularly rooting for was the “We’re Wilde About You!” Rising Star Award which went to the fast rising Gina Rodriguez for her work in Jane the Virgin on the CW Network.

Also very much on my radar was The Grand Budapest Hotel for its stylish production and charming script, plus a first rate cast. It indeed earned its spot as “Visually Striking Film of the Year” (honoring a production of stunning beauty, from art direction to cinematography). This is a testament to the fine work on the film that the Berkshire’s own Carl Sprague contributed to the film. (Article)

In a salute to his immense popularity with millions of Facebook readers who cling to his every post, George Takai was honored with the LGBT community’s “Timeless Award.”

Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay

Winning the top prize, Boyhood, director Richard Linklater’s decades-spanning look at familial love that stars Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, and newcomer Ellar Coltrone, was found worthy of its Dorian Award for “Film of the Year.”

Ava DuVernay’s work on the Civil Rights-era drama Selma -nominated as a GALECA Best Picture – ended up winning her “Film Director of the Year.” Julianne Moore was GALECA’s pick for “Film Performance of the Year — Actress” for her work in Still Alice (from directors and real-life couple Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland), and Eddie Redmayne, who so perfectly portrayed Stephen Hawking (review) in the biopic The Theory of Everything, certainly earned his keep as “Film Performance of the Year — Actor”.

In the realm of television, the networks have continued to be pretty much ignored by people of taste, while cable does once in a while surprise. Where the real action is lately is in the streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

The innovative Amazon Prime series, "Transparent," won five awards.

The innovative Amazon Prime series, “Transparent,” won five awards.

As noted by OUT magazine,the new series from Amazon Prime, Transparent “was the big winner with five wins, including TV Comedy of the Year and creator Jill Soloway was named “Wilde Artist of the Year,” which honors a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theater and/or television (it was awarded to James Franco last year). The Normal Heart and The Comeback‘s Lisa Kudrow were also recognized. Pride, the British film about LGBT activists in the 1980s who join with striking miners in a small Welsh town in solidarity, was recognized about both the “Unsung Film of the Year” and the “LGBTQ Film of the Year,” in a standout season that saw many top contenders. Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods (article) was recognized as the “Campy Flick of the Year” and queer director Xavier Dolan’s Mommy which I have yet been able to view was awarded for Foreign Language. George Takei, who was also the subject of a documentary in 2014, was given the organization’s “Timeless Award,” which is presented to an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom, and wit.”

GALECA’s annual, private Winners Toast was held Sunday, March 1, in Hollywood.
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The wins come across 25 categories — from mainstream to LGBTQ-centric — and are as follows:


Film of the Year

Boyhood, director Richard Linklater

Film Performance of the Year – Actor

Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Film Performance of the Year – Actress

Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Film Director of the Year

Ava DuVernay, Selma

LGBTQ Film of the Year


Foreign Language Film of the Year

Mommy, director Xavier Dolan

Unsung Film of the Year


Documentary of the Year (theatrical release, TV airing, or DVD release)

The Case Against 8 – HBO

Visually Striking Film of the Year (honoring a production of stunning beauty, from art direction to cinematography)

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Campy Flick of the Year

Into the Woods

TV Drama of the Year

The Normal Heart – HBO

TV Comedy of the Year

Transparent – Amazon

TV Director of the Year

Jill Soloway, Transparent

TV Performance of the Year – Actor

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

TV Performance of the Year – Actress

Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback

TV Musical Performance of the Year

Neil Patrick Harris, “Sugar Daddy,” The Tony Awards

LGBTQ TV Show of the Year


Unsung TV Show of the Year

Getting On – HBO

TV Current Affairs Show of the Year

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Campy TV Show of the Year

Jane the Virgin

Music Video of the Year

Sia, “Chandelier”

The “We’re Wilde About You!” Rising Star Award

Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Wilde Wit of the Year (honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)

John Oliver

Wilde Artist of the Year (honoring a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theater, and/or television)

Jill Soloway

Timeless Award

George Takei

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