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Dorian Awards Favor 'The Favourite'

by Murtada Elfadl

The Favourite lived up to its title with GALECA’s Dorian Award voters, who named the audacious historical romp Film of the Year and bestowed its star, Olivia Colman, with the Film Performance of the Year—Actress tiara for her funny and heartbreaking turn as Queen Anne. Two results that we suspect will be popular with The Film Experience community. The movie talso scored Screenplay of the Year honors for Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara.

However for the three other acting awards for film, The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics followed the critical consensus. Ethan Hawke in First Reformed, Regina King in If Beale Street Could Talk and Richard E Grant in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, added another award to their heavy mantles. Roma and Alfonso Cuaron continued their dominance of the critics awards by winning Foreign Language Film of the Year and Best Director.

GALECA’s unique categories made space for films that have not been recognized widely...

 Annihilation won Visually Striking Film of the Year; TFE’s beloved Widows rallied as Unsung Film of the Year; and A Simple Favor, another favourite around these parts won Campy Flick of the Year honor. Perhaps evidence a few of The Film Experience writers vote on these awards. The rest of the awards including all the TV categories follow with commentary:

Film of the Year 
Can You Ever Forgive Me? 
The Favourite
If Beale Street Could Talk 
A Star is Born

Director of the Year 
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Marielle Heller, Can You Ever Forgive Me? 
Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk 
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite 
Spike Lee, Blackkklansman

Film Performance of the Year — Actress 
Yalitza Aparicio, Roma 
Toni Collette, Hereditary 
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star is Born 
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Film Performance of the Year — Actor 
Christian Bale, Vice 
Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born 
Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody 
John David Washington, Blackkklansman

Film Performance of the Year — Supporting Actress 
Elizabeth Debicki, Widows 
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone, The Favourite 
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite 
Michelle Yeoh, Crazy Rich Asians

I thought Debicki would win here because she was a surprise inclusion. But there is no stopping King. She's so beloved everyone wants her as their winner. And she deserves all the accolades she is getting. Get that Oscar, Regina!

Film Performance of the Year — Supporting Actor 
Mahershala Ali, Green Book 
Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy 
Sam Elliott, A Star is Born 
Richard E Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther

LGBTQ Film of the Year 
Boy Erased 
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
The Favourite 
Love, Simon

Foreign Language Film of the Year 
Cold War 

Screenplay of the Year 
Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade 
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma 
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite
Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, Can You Ever Forgive Me? 
Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Documentary of the Year 
Free Solo 
Three Identical Strangers 
Won't You Be My Neiighbor?

LGBTQ Documentary of the Year 
The Gospel According to Andre 
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood 
Studio 54 

The LGBTQ documentary category is more interesting than the other one which is more mainstream. Where is Minding the Gap, queers?

Visually Striking Film of the Year 
Black Panther 
The Favourite 
If Beale Street Could Talk 

Unsung Film of the Year 
The Happy Prince 
We the Animals 

Everytime I think of Widows' awards underperformance, I think of its ugly poster and lay all the blame there.

Campy Flick of the Year 
Book Club 
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again 
A Simple Favor

TV Drama of the Year 
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace 
The Handmaid’s Tale 
Killing Eve 

Pose dominated the TV categories. It even pulled in Ryan Murphy in for his second Artist of the Year win.

TV Comedy of the Year 
The Good Place 
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 

Schitt's Creek

Fans of the Creek chime in the comments! GALECA clearly is a fan, as it won two awards.

TV Performance of the Year — Actor 
Darren Criss, American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace 
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal 
Billy Porter, Pose
Matthew Rhys, The Americans 
Ben Wishaw, A Very English Scandal

TV Performance of the Year — Actress 
Amy Adams, Sharp Objects 
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve 
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Julia Roberts, Homecoming

GALECA only has two catch-all acting categories for TV which makes Porter and Oh's wins even more impressive because of the depth of their competition.

LGBTQ TV Show of the Year 
A Very English Scandal 
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace 
Killing Eve 
Queer Eye

Unsung TV Show of the Year 
The Bisexual 
Dear White People 
The Good Fight 
One Day at a Time 
Schitt's Creek

TV Current Affairs Show of the Year 
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah 
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 
The Rachel Maddow Show

TV Musical Performance of the Year 
Adam Lambert, “Believe,” 41st Kennedy Center Honors 
Billy Porter, MJ Rodriguez and Our Lady J, “Home”, Pose
Noah Reid, “Simply the Best,” Schitt’s Creek 
Keala Settle, “This is Me,” 90th Academy Awards 
Sufjan Stevens, “Mystery of Love,” 90th Academy Awards

Campy TV Show of the Year 
American Horror Story: Apocalypse 
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 
Queer Eye 

RuPaul's Drag Race

The "We’re Wilde About You!" Rising Star Award 
Elsie Fisher 
Henry Golding 
Indya Moore 
MJ Rodriguez

Wilde Wit of the Year 
(Honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse) 
Samantha Bee 
Hannah Gadsby
Kate McKinnon 
John Oliver 
Michelle Wolf

Wilde Artist of the Year 
(Honoring a truly groundbreaking force in film, stage and/or television) 
Bradley Cooper 
Hannah Gadsby 
Lady Gaga 
Nicole Kidman 
Ryan Murphy

Timeless Star 
(Given to an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit) 

What do you think of GALECA's winners? Did anything surprise you?

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Reader Comments (4)

I was assuming Boy Erased was the best LGBQT film of the year.
I'm happy with an actor category that takes Viggo Mortensen out of the equation. I'd rather see him go than Hawke if John David WAshington gets a lot of votes and I do think Ali was the more impressive of the pair. I do think it's not really JDW's year so I wish the category was five strong

January 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterOrrin

The Favourite is the best film of the year, but Can You Ever Forgive Me? is the best LGBT film of the year? To quote RuPaul, "well, that don't make no sense but it sure is entertaining."

January 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

I'm so pleased McQueen won an award. One of my favourite films of the year.

January 9, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterEdward L.

Ethan Hawke should not be IGNORED !!!!!

January 9, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAmazingamy

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