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GALECA Winners: Call Me By Your Given Name. "I gave it to myself" 

by Nathaniel R

Dance party! "Call Me By Your Name" wins yet more prizesThe Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association have spoken and it probably won't surprise you to hear that they were "wilde" for Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird, and Big Little Lies. As a member of the organization my only really gripe is that there are too many multiple winners (three prizes for Jordan Peele, two for Timothée Chalamet, two for Kate McKinnon, Call Me By Your Name winning both film categories) which can feel like overkill when there are so many beautiful achievements each year worth honoring. That's why some festival jury rules or some awards that are forbidden to give a film or performance multiple prizes make a kind of sense to me even though everyone gets up in arms about those kind of rules. 

But, regardless, the winners are listed after the jump as well as Kate McKinnon's musical performance winning SNL skit...

Film  Call Me By Your Name
Director  Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Actress Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Actor Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Supporting Actress Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Supporting Actor Michael Stuhlbarg, Call Me By Your Name

LGBTQ Film Call Me By Your Name
Foreign Language Film BPM (Beats Per Minute)
Screenplay (Original/Adapted) Jordan Peele, Get Out
Documentary Faces Places 
Visually Striking Film The Shape of Water
Unsung Film God's Own Country
Campy Flick of Year mother! 

TV Drama Big Little Lies 
TV Comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 
TV Actress Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
TV Actor Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks: The Return

TV Current Affairs Show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
TV Musical Performance Kate McKinnon, “(Kellyanne) Conway!” Saturday Night Live
LGBTQ Show RuPaul's Drag Race
Unsung TV Show American Gods
Campy TV Show Feud: Betty and Joan

‘We're Wilde About You!' Rising Star Award Timothée Chalamet 
Wilde Wit of the Year Kate McKinnon and Jordan Peele
Wilde Artist of the Year Jordan Peele
Timeless Star Meryl Streep 

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I don't think of mother! as a campy flick.

February 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDAVID

Chicago is my all time favorite Best Picture winner.

Mother's camp status comes exclusively from the fact it takes itself seriously as it gets progressively more ridiculous.

February 1, 2018 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Because a movie is simultaneously very very serious and extremely bad doesn't make it necessary campy... mother! is a huge missfire but is faaaar from being fun enough (not fun at all, actually, except when Pfeiffer's on screen) to be considered campy.

FEUD, on the other hand, is everything you expect from a campy show and even more (Catherine Zeta-Jones is soooo wrong in every artistic choice but i couldn't look away ... only true stars can do that...)

February 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterClement_Paris

I love Kate, but the year's tv musical performance is Sasha Velour's So Emotional LSFYL , hands down! :)

February 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRami

God's Own Country was far better than CMBYN in every single aspect. This is predictable and frankly boring.

February 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPablo

Nathaniel-I'm not super familiar with this award's history, so I'm hoping you can provide an answer since you're a member: do the films/TV not have to have a connection to the LGBT community to win (similar to, like, the GLAAD Awards)? I only ask because while there is obviously a penchant here for films with LGBT characters (or for LGBT actors in McKinnon's case), it doesn't seem to be applied to all of the movies (mother!, Big Little Lies, & Get Out in particular).

February 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

@Pablo: I agree that God's Own Country was the best queer narrative of the year. It had less money behind it so it never made it into the awards conversation, which is too bad. I liked CMBYN but found it less emotionally involving and suspenseful than GOC. Also, GOC was braver around the the sexuality of its characters. No floating out the window. The camera stayed where it should have been, because the story continues during sex. I hope people seek out God's Own Country when it starts streaming.

February 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSan FranCinema

It was a very good year for gay films this year between Call Me by Your Name, God's Own Country, BPM and Beach Rats. I wasn't as fond of Beach Rats as others, but the other three wereterrific

February 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRaul

@Raul: I would add The Wound to that list. It made the foreign film long-list but not the final five.

February 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSan FranCinema

It was a great year for LGBTQ films. I loved CMBYN, BPM, A Fantastic Woman, God’s Own Country, and maybe some more I’m forgetting.

I am perplexed by the embrace of Beach Rats. It’s soooooo dated and unnecessary. Reductive, sex negative, and a breath away from homophobic. It says absolutely NOTHING. (It’s also boring and has really terrible dialogue). Honestly, it’s as relevant as Jenny’s Wedding with Katherine Heigl. I can’t wait for it to be buried in Netflix steaming.

February 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

And I know this group didn’t award Beach Rats, for which I’m thankful.

Great winners all around, except the one for Mother. That movie is also bad.

February 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

John -- they do not need to have a connection, no. as you'll notice there are two specific awards for LGBT-themed things (tv show, film) and of course you do have to LGBT themed for those ... and I wish there were more prizes like that... or that some of the winners were actually gay this year (sigh).. but overall it's just entertainment critics who happen to be queer... and thus are more likely to celebrate films that resonate with queer people, whether they're overtly queer or not.

February 1, 2018 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

It’s a shame that Battle of the Sexes goes unrewarded again. That film, with its killer ensemble and refreshing delve into inconvenient self-awakenings, is undersung like few others.

February 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

Is Beach Rats really tt terrible?? I heard Harris Dickinson is a revelation. I tink Beach Rats is more gritty depressing realism, while Call Me is more nostalgic, gorgeous fantasy...but both r heartbreaking in their own ways...

February 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterClaran

Claran - We need more queer sexual awakening tales. (Like CMBYN!) We do need a serious break from these queer sexual repression films. And yeah. I actually think Beach Rats is bad. I know the video chat is more cinematic, but Frankie’s life would’ve existed on a Grindr without a profile pic or the Craigslist m4m boards.

Mareko - I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Battle of the Sexes! Also, shockingly some of the most beautiful cinemography of 2017.

February 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

Beach Rats is just a snapshot of a life a lot of people choose nowadays to avoid and look away from because it's been one of the few queer narratives freely shown in queer cinema since, well, queer cinema began.

That does not mean it's valueless (or that because we have queer-positive movies, now queer-negative narratives need or should disappear). I agree the final third leaves a lot to be desired and becomes tired, but Harris Dickinson is absolutely mesmerizing, and gives my favorite male performance of the year alongside Gyllenhaal's and Day-Lewis's in Phantom Thread. His face is able to communicate and express so many things; and the tonalities in his voice, too. The fact that he's not even American was a genuine shock to me, so the accent work is also absolutely stellar!

Not that anyone has had a chance to discuss Dickinson or either of the leads in God's Own Country, which I found to be exquisitely curated in performance and directing and beautifully lensed, with CMBYN swallowing all of the air around queer cinema from last year.

They are all burning away on the fireplace that stokes Chalamet's face for three and a half minutes.

February 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterManny

Dude, we get it, you don't like cmbyn. Get over it.
Don't you think knocking it down under EVERY single article it is remotely related, is just as annoying as those Chalamet maniacs you hate with such passion?

February 2, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterFrancis6


You'll "get" over it. Awards season's almost over. You do you, I'll do me.

If you keep reading my posts, you'll also notice I don't, how do you say, "knock it down under EVERY single article it is remotely related", but that's neither here nor there.

Cheers! :)

P.S. By the way, not that I'm assuming you'd care to know at all, the reason I posted was primarily because there were a handful of comments "bashing" Beach Rats, so I wanted to write something positive about it to balance it out a little. If I happen to find it true that it and the others haven't had much space to be talked about due to CMBYN, well, sorry, guess we can call that a knockdown. It'll live...

February 2, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterManny

Lol, not that I find your posts have anything worth "keep reading", I simply browsed through recently posted articles about cmbyn and noticed all the "Manny"s, assuming those are you, and quite frankly, it's hard not to notice.
Just a piece of advice, when I feel a movie ridiculously overrated and winning too much, like this season's 3 Billboards, I ignored it, not wasting energy talking about it and probably never watch it again. I don't write a lengthy essay detailing how much I feel it overrated every time its name got mentioned, because that would make me seem bitter, obsessed and in serious need of a life.

February 2, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterFrancis6

Assume all you’d like, pal.

But I appreciate your concern over how I spend my time. I’ll keep it in mind! :)

February 2, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterManny

@ San FranCinema - I agree, as well as Battle of the Sexes and Professor Marsten...

Also haven't seen Thelma yet but I've heard good things.

February 2, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

We chose good winners, but, yes, the way we have so many over-lapping nominations means the same films and people can win multiple awards which can be... somewhat disappointing. I wish we had more categories for exclusively LGBTQ content.

February 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

Glenn -- me too. Like why not a Best Streaming LGBTQ film to cover all those movies that get like 1-2 city theatrical releases (or none at all) so we can reward great stuff like PRINCESS CYD and draw more attention to it? Or a best LGBT director? This year alone we could have had a category that was like

Dee Rees
Angela Robinson
Todd Haynes
Luca Guadagnino
Francis Lee

I mean that wwould have been a-ma-zing.


February 3, 2018 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

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