In perhaps the latest boost to stars and studios seeking the ultimate golden statuette this awards season, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA), comprised of over 110 movie and TV critics nationwide, Tuesday officially announced their choices for 2014’s finest in film and television. The wins come across 25 categories, from mainstream to LGBTQ-centric, from Rising Star to Music Video of the Year.
At the top of the list: GALECA deemed Boyhood, director Richard Linklater’s visceral, literally decades-spanning look at familial love, worthy of its Dorian Award for Film of the Year.
Julianne Moore in Still Alice was the group’s pick for Film Performance of the Year – Actress, while Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) took Film Performance of the Year – Actor. Ava DuVernay, who helmed the Civil Rights-era drama Selma, was named Film Director of the Year.
Pride, the true-life story of how a group of gays and lesbians championed striking blue-collar miners in Thatcher-era England, earned LGBTQ Film of the Year as well as Unsung Film of the Year honors. The Case Against 8 was chosen as Documentary of the Year over titles as varied as CitizenFour and Regarding Susan Sontag. GALECA’s Visually Striking Film of the Year is Wes Anderson’s gorgeous period romp The Grand Budapest Hotel. Into the Woods took Campy Film of the Year semi-honors.
One of the few critics associations awarding the year’s best in both film and TV, GALECA chose Amazon’s freshman breakout Transparent as TV Comedy of the Year. The life-inspired tale, starring Jeffrey Tambor as a biological man who comes out to his family as a woman, took four awards in all, including wins for Tambor and creator/director Jill Soloway. In addition, Soloway was also dubbed GALECA’s latest Wilde Artist of the Year, following in the bold footsteps of last year’s winner, James Franco.
In other categories, Lisa Kudrow took TV Performance of the Year – Actress for her return as fame-craving actress Valerie Cherish in The Comeback.
John Oliver (Wilde Wit of the Year), Neil Patrick Harris (for a certain, dazzling Tony Awards rock performance from Hedwig and the Angry Inch), pop star Sia (her stunningly choreographed filmic interpretation of “Chandelier” was Video of the Year), and TV upstart Gina Rodriguez (“We’re Wilde About You!” Rising Star) were other triumphant names in the mix.
As previously announced, the group chose George Takei as the recipient of its special Timeless star tribute, given to “an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit.”
The complete list of Dorian Award winners, noted in bold among nominees, is below. GALECA’s annual, private Winners Toast will be held Sunday, March 1, in Hollywood.