Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, Shape of Water Lead Film Categories; Feud, Will & Grace, Glow Highlight TV Races
GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics (GALECA.org) comprised of nearly 200 critics and journalists in the U.S., Canada and U.K., have released its ninth annual Dorian Award nominations for the year’s finest in film and TV.
Call Me By Your Name reigns with nine nominations, starting with Film of the Year. Earning both best actor and rising star nods: Timothée Chalamet, who plays the film’s teen protagonist besotted by 20something Armie Hammer – who received a nomination for supporting actor.
The Shape of Water, director Guillermo del Toro’s fantastical love story coupling a woman and a creature plucked from the Amazon River, landed seven nominations. Meanwhile, the horrors-of-racism drama Get Out earned six nominations, four for writer-director Jordan Peele alone (in addition to helming and screenplay nods, he’s up for “Wilde Wit” and “Wilde Artist” kudos).
Also ranking high with GALECA members: Margot Robbie, a nominee for Film Performance of the Year – Actress for her gritty turn, twist and twirl as ice-blooded figure-skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya. Joining Robbie on the ring is Chilean actress Daniela Vega for her work as a transgender waitress dealing with loss and indignities in A Fantastic Woman.
As for epics, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk did not get a best film nomination, but Nolan made GALECA’s Director of the Year short list – and the WWII epic is also up for Visually Striking Film of the Year alongside the likes of Blade Runner 2049. Meanwhile, BPM (Beats Per Minute), French director Robin Campillo’s dramatic account of friends facing the AIDS epidemic in 1990s France, scored an impressive five nominations, from Foreign Language Film of the Year to Unsung Film.
In TV categories, awards-season darlings Big Little Lies, Feud and The Crown – as well as women surnamed Kidman, Witherspoon, Foy, and Lange – obviously delighted GALECA members as well. The male actor race includes a couple of nice surprises: Kyle MacLachlan for Twin Peaks: The Return and Jonathan Groff for Netflix’s droll crime thriller Mindhunter.
Other shows getting some love include Hulu’s departing Difficult People, Netflix’s series version of Dear White People and Starz’s electric and provocative fantasy American Gods.
And, for TV Musical Performance of the Year, Lady Gaga, Pink, RuPaul’s Drag Race favorite Sasha Velour, and comic John Mulaney all vie against Kate McKinnon’s Broadway-worthy sendup of Kellyanne Conway on Saturday Night Live.
The final Dorian verdicts, including GALECA’s latest pick for Timeless Star (a career achievement honor), will be announced Wednesday, January 31. Then, on Saturday afternoon, February 24, the group will gather to celebrate some of the winners at its annual, intimate Winners Toast in Los Angeles.