As awards season gets underway, all the big contenders of the year are receiving their proper recognition. But as the film industry continues to evolve toward a diverse future, the straight white men of Hollywood continue to get favored for the big awards.
Luckily, the Dorian Awards are back for their ninth year to look out for the undersung titles of 2017. Organized by GALECA, the Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, it favors more of the films and TV series acclaimed by queer audiences. And after seeing this year’s list of nominees, we can say that the competition is stiff and certainly worth watching.
#CallMeByYourName nominated for 9 @DorianAwards #GALECA The Society of #LGBTQ Entertainment Critics: Best Film, #LGBTQ Film, Best Director, Best Actor & Rising Star @RealChalamet Best Supp Actor #MichaelStuhlbarg & #ArmieHammer Best Screenplay Plus Visually Striking Film #CMBYN pic.twitter.com/pEInJKtdXQ
— James Kleinmann🗽 (@jameskleinmann) January 11, 2018
This year’s queer favorite, Call Me by Your Name, leads with nine nominations, including Film of the Year, Director of the Year, Timothée Chalamet for Best Performance of the Year – Actor, and Armie Hammer for Supporting Film Performance of the Year – Actor.
Other queer titles include BPM (Beats Per Minute), Battle of the Sexes, A Fantastic Woman, God’s Own Country, Beach Rats, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, The Handmaid’s Tale, Will & Grace, Thelma,Difficult People, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Sense8, Transparent, American Gods, and The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson*. And with categories like LGBTQ Film of the Year, Campy Flick of the Year, and Wilde Wit of the Year, they give out the awards we really care about.
Guys, I think the GALECA @DorianAwards just gave us the best damn awards roster this season. TWIN PEAKS!! BPM! Pfeiffer! Biscayart! Haddish! Vega! Gerwig/Peele/Guadagnino/Baker/Nolan/del Toro! Bombshell! Stuhlbarg! Battle of the Sexes! Wonderstruck! https://t.co/3KPtSdx4I8 pic.twitter.com/8r6a4LLDWG
— Glenn Dunks (@glenndunks) January 10, 2018
The winners of the Dorian Awards will be announced January 31.
*Although David France’s documentary about Marsha P. Johnson has received much acclaim this year, little credit has been given to trans filmmaker Reina Gossett who,in October, France of stealing her research. She claimed France had access to a grant application she’d submitted with Sasha Wortzel for her own film, “Happy Birthday, Marsha.” And honestly, it looks epic.