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  1. 2017 DORIAN AWARDS TIMELINE (Revised)

    Screenings Deadline
    Saturday, December 31, 2016

    Nomination Ballots Out to Members
    Sunday, January 1, 2017

    Nomination Ballots Due
    Saturday, January 7, 2017

    Nominations Announced / Final Ballots Out to Members
    Thursday, January 12, 2017

    Final Ballots Due
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017

    GALECA 2016 Dorian Award Winners Announced
    Thursday, January 26, 2017

    GALECA 6th Annual Winners Toast:
    Hollywood, Saturday afternoon, February 18, 2017 (TENTATIVE)


    Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Announce 2016-17 Film and TV Dorian Award Nominations

    THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2017—HOLLYWOOD, CA The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, comprised of over 170 reputable film/TV critics and entertainment journalists across the U.S., Canada and the U.K., today revealed its nominees for the best in film and television of 2016. 

    The selections come across 24 categories, from mainstream to LGBTQ-focused, with 20th Century Women and The Lobster among the titles in the varied movie races. 

    Among show nominees on the TV side: Black Mirror, The People v. O.J., London Spy and Looking: The Movie. 

    Performers earning Dorian nominations include Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington, Thandie Newton, Donald Glover, Viola Davis (two nods) and a Rising Star placement for Stranger Things’ find Millie Bobby Brown. Carrie Fisher was nominated posthumously in GALECA’s Wilde Wit of the Year category. 

    “Our members showed a true interest in attitude, fire and meaningfulness in their Dorian nominations this year,” GALECA John Griffiths, GALECA president and Television Critic for Us Weekly. “I’m so proud to be part of this passionate, supportive and richly diverse bunch of film and TV experts.“ 

    GALECA exists to bolster LGBTQ entertainment journalists as well as remind the world, and our at-risk youth, that “the gays” have a unique cultural history of putting great movies and TV shows on the trending list. Categories run the gamut, from Visually Striking Film to TV Current Affairs Show. Equally eclectic are the group’s choices: Since its inception in 2009, GALECA’s Film of the Year winners alone include Carol, Boyhood, 12 Years a Slave, Argo, Weekend, I Am Love and A Single Man. 

    GALECA’s Timeless Star honor, the organization’s affectionate career-achievement honor, this year goes to screenwriter, director and bon vivant/enfant terrible John Waters. Past Timeless picks include Sir Ian McKellen, George Takei, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. 

    This year’s Dorian winners will be announced Thursday, January 26. 

    The group’s annual Winners Toast, honoring a select group of 2016-17 winners, is set for Saturday afternoon, February 18, in Los Angeles. Over the years, GALECA toasts have a welcomed a variety of Dorian winners or their ambassadors, including Oscar-nominated Carol screenwriter Phyllis Nagy, Orange is the New Blackstar Lea DeLaria, Transparent actresses Melora Hardin and Alexandra Billings, and revered marriage rights activists Jeff Carrillo and Paul Katami.


    Film of the Year
    Jackie (Fox Searchlight)
    La La Land (Summit/Lionsgate)
    Manchester by the Sea (Roadside/Amazon Studios)
    Moonlight (A24)
    20th Century Women (A24)

    Director of the Year
    (Film or Television)

    Barry Jenkins, Moonlight (A24)
    Pablo Larraín, Jackie (Fox Searchlight)
    Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By the Sea (Roadside/Amazon Studios)
    Park Chan-wook, The Handmaiden (Amazon Studios)
    Damien Chazelle, La La Land (Summit/Lionsgate)

    Film Performance of the Year — Actress
    Annette Bening, 20th Century Women (A24)
    Viola Davis, Fences (Paramount)
    Isabelle Huppert, Elle (Sony Classics)
    Emma Stone, La La Land (Summit/Lionsgate)
    Natalie Portman, Jackie (Fox Searchlight)

    Film Performance of the Year — Actor
    Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea (Roadside/Amazon Studios)
    Mahershala Ali, Moonlight (A24)
    Ryan Gosling, La La Land (Summit/Lionsgate)
    Trevante Rhodes, Moonlight (A24)
    Denzel Washington, Fences (Paramount)

    LGBTQ Film of the Year
    Being 17 (Strand)
    Closet Monster (Strand)
    Moonlight (A24)
    Other People (Vertical)
    The Handmaiden (Amazon Studios)

    Foreign Language Film of the Year
    Elle (Sony Classics)
    Neruda (The Orchard)
    The Handmaiden (Amazon Studios)
    Things to Come (Sundance Selects)
    Toni Erdmann (Sony Pictures Classics)

    Screenplay of the Year
    Barry Jenkins, Moonlight (A24)
    Efthymis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos, The Lobster (A24)
    Damien Chazelle, La La Land (Summit/Lionsgate)
    Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea (Roadside/Amazon Studios)
    Mike Mills, 20th Century Women (A24)

    Documentary of the Year
    (theatrical release, TV airing or DVD release)
    I Am Not Your Negro (Magnolia)
    O.J. Made in America (ESPN Films)
    13th (Netflix)
    Tickled (Magnolia)
    Weiner (Sundance Selects/Showtime)

    Visually Striking Film of the Year
    Arrival (Paramount)
    Jackie (Fox Searchlight)
    La La Land (Lionsgate)
    Moonlight (A24)
    The Handmaiden (Amazon Studios)

    Unsung Film of the Year
    American Honey (A24)
    Captain Fantastic (Bleecker Street)
    Christine (The Orchard)
    Other People (Vertical)
    Sing Street (The Weinstein Company)

    Campy Film of the Year
    Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (Fox Searchlight)
    King Cobra (IFC Midnight)
    Nocturnal Animals (Focus Features)
    The Dressmaker (Broadgreen/Amazon Studios)
    The Neon Demon (Broadgreen/Amazon Studios)

    TV Drama of the Year
    Black Mirror (Netflix)
    Game of Thrones (HBO)
    Stranger Things (Netflix)
    The Crown (Netflix)
    The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
    Westworld (HBO)

    TV Comedy of the Year
    Atlanta (FX)
    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
    Insecure (HBO)
    Transparent (Amazon)
    Veep (FX)

    TV Performance of the Year — Actor
    Riz Ahmed, The Night Of (HBO)
    Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson (FX)
    Donald Glover, Atlanta (FX)
    Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)
    Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson (FX)

    TV Performance of the Year — Actress
    Claire Foy, The Crown (Netflix)
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)
    Thandie Newton, Westworld (HBO)
    Sarah Paulson, American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson (FX)
    Winona Ryder, Stranger Things (Netflix)

    TV Current Affairs Show of the Year
    Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
    Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
    The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)
    Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

    TV Musical Performance of the Year
    Beyonce, "Lemonade,” MTV Video Music Awards (MTV)
    Kelly Clarkson, “Piece by Piece,” American Idol (Fox)
    Lady Gaga - “Til It Happens to You,” The 88th Academy Awards (ABC)
    Jennifer Hudson, “I Know Where I’ve Been,” Hairspray Live! (NBC)
    Kate McKinnon “Hallelujah,” Saturday Night Live (NBC)

    LGBTQ TV Show of the Year
    Looking: The Movie (HBO)
    Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
    RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars (Logo)
    The Real O'Neals (ABC)
    Transparent (Amazon)

    Unsung TV Show of the Year
    Fleabag (Amazon)
    Lady Dynamite (Netflix)
    London Spy (BBC America)
    Please Like Me (Pivot)
    The Real O'Neals (ABC)

    Campy TV Show of the Year
    Finding Prince Charming (Logo)
    Fuller House (Netflix)
    Hairspray Live! (NBC)
    RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars (Logo)
    Scream Queens (Fox)
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Fox)

    We’re Wilde About You! Rising Star of the Year
    Millie Bobby Brown
    Lucas Hedges
    Connor Jessup
    Ruth Negga
    Trevante Rhodes

    Wilde Wit of the Year
    (honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)
    Samantha Bee
    Carrie Fisher
    Bill Maher
    Kate McKinnon
    John Oliver

    Wilde Artist of the Year
    (honoring a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theater and/or television)
    Viola Davis
    Barry Jenkins
    Kate McKinnon
    Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Timeless Star (winner announced January 12, 2017)
    (to an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit)
    John Waters

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    Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Name
    Ten Best Actresses of All Time

    Group’s 160-plus members give thanks for an array of impressive women and unforgettable performances

    Wednesday, November 23, 2016 – Hollywood, Ca.: The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, found at GALECA.or and @DorianAwards, today announced its members’ collective picks for the organization’s latest “Ten Best” list: GALECA’s Ten Best Actresses of All Time. 

    The 160-plus members of GALECA, a nonprofit group comprised of professional film and TV critics and entertainment journalists in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., were each asked to name their 10 choices for the finest female actors throughout the history of film and television, without ranking the stars. The actresses with the most mentions are noted below.

    Note: Actresses who did not make the top 10 here but came closest among the 100 or so listed by members include Joan Crawford, Judi Dench, Sally Field, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn, Nicole Kidman, Jessica Lange, Helen Mirren, Elizabeth Taylor and Kate Winslet.

    The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association’s Ten Best Actresses of All Time (again, in alphabetical order) are:

    Ingrid Bergman: The Swedish star is best known to your average Joe as misty-eyed Ilsa in Casablanca, but Bergman devotees know that she starred in many more, including a trio of Hitchcock films and George Cukor’s stellar thriller Gaslight. Bergman is also responsible for another gift to cinema: her daughter, actress Isabella Rossellini. 

    Cate Blanchett: Whether she’s playing a tortured 16th-century monarch or having clandestine glove lunches in 1952, Cate Blanchett radiates. She’s the kind of actress that demands your attention, and you gratefully give it. She’s picked up a host of Oscar and/or Golden Globe nominations (and a few wins) for her stunning performances in such modern classics as Elizabeth, Blue Jasmine and Carol (the latter two also earned her GALECA Dorian Awards).

    Bette Davis: The grande dame of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Bette Davis commanded attention with her striking visage and powerful performances in films like All About Eve, The Little Foxes and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (Davis’ off-camera battles with costar Joan Crawford in the latter fuel the upcoming TV series Feud). But from the get-go, she was blazing trails as one of filmdom’s most distinct, eye-expressive actresses.

    Viola Davis: Bette’s not the only Ms. Davis to stand out on the screen (big or small). This Juilliard-trained powerhouse has shown there’s no role she can’t conquer, winning two Tonys, two Oscar nominations (for Doubt and The Help) and, finally, like Stanwyck, an Emmy. That parade of awards will only keep growing as she lends her trademark thoughtfulness to more juicy roles like her current one as Annalise Keating in TV’s How to Get Away With Murder.

    Jane Fonda: Fonda (a GALECA Timeless Star career-achievement honoree) may have come from Hollywood royalty, but she’s been paving her own way with intelligence and subversive wit since the sixties. Be it in the daring crime thriller Klute, feminist office comedy 9 to 5 to or gray-haired sitcom Grace and Frankie, Fonda is a nervy, magnetic presence. And few actresses have such a knack for shedding light on important issues with her brave performances. Witness her Oscar-winning turn in Coming Home.

    Katharine Hepburn: Few actresses, or actors, have the sort of self-possessed presence that came so naturally to Kate Hepburn. Even after her early success in was deemed a flash in the pan by the 1940s, she showed that talent and a hell of a lot of moxie can’t be quashed. Hepburn picked up three of her four Oscars later in life (see On Golden Pond), working until the age of 87. Her dedication to her art and her iconoclastic personal style translate to indelible.

    Isabelle Huppert: The French-born Cannes’ darling Huppert has been making waves in the film industry for over 40 years now, with no signs of slowing down. Her haunting performance in 2001’s The Piano Teacher may be her best known work in the U.S., but the BAFTA- and Cesar-winning chameleon has over 50 films under her belt, a testament to her status as one of the world’s most spectacularly natural acting talents. See her cast a spell in the current drama Elle.

    Julianne Moore: Moore has the makings of a modern legend. She landed on the radar with her high of a performance in 1997’s Boogie Nights and she’s been building a noticeably meaty list of credits ever since. Her subtle and natural style has made her a household name and a favorite during Academy Awards season (and she won a GALECA Dorian Award for Still Alice). While Moore is usually cast in dramas like the heart-wrenching The End of the Affair, her comedic timing in The Big Lebowski is proof she has the chops to do it all.

    Barbara Stanwyck: The stunningly "real” Stanwyck rose from a childhood filled with poverty and strife to become one of early Hollywood’s most dynamic actresses. The former Ziegfeld Follies dancer elicited tears in Stella Dallas, mesmerized in the noir classic Double Indemnity and delighted in the screwball comedy The Lady Eve. “Missy” later turned heads in television, winning three Emmys, including one for her gutsy performance in The Thorn Birds.

    Meryl Streep: Enigmatic, brilliant, timeless. Meryl Streep’s career is as varied as can be, with Oscar-winning performances in The Iron Lady (which also earned her GALECA’s Dorian Award), Sophie’s Choice and Kramer vs. Kramer to fun frolics in films like Mamma Mia and The Devil Wears Prada. Streep completely loses herself in her roles, making her not only fascinating, but (shhh) GALECA’s number-one Best Actress of All Time.

    • • • • •

    Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics
    Fete Carol and Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy at
    Annual Winners Toast

    Transparent, Grace and Frankie Cast Members
    Discuss Their Awarded Shows  

    MONDAY MARCH 7, 2016 - HOLLYWOOD, CA Members of the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, comprised of nearly 150 entertainment journalists nationwide, gathered Sunday in Los Angeles to celebrate their 2015 Dorian Award winners across film and TV. 

    GALECA’s top titles and performances of the year were announced January 19, but the group eschews the award show format for an afternoon party where select winners enjoy champagne and some lighthearted questions before the crowd at its annual Winners Toast. 

    This year, Oscar nominee Phyllis Nagy, presented her Dorian Award for Screenplay of the Year for Carol, was asked by GALECA Board Member Trish Bendix (AfterEllen) about adapting novelist Patricia Highsmith’s classic lesbian romance for the screen. “Retaining the novel’s sense of mystery” was key, said Nagy. 

    The writer also noted that the film, an international success, seemed to ruffle feathers in some circles. “Hollywood still isn’t used to seeing strong lesbian characters. Carol is a woman who knows what she wants,” Nagy said of the determined divorcee (Cate Blanchett) who intrigues younger Therese (Rooney Mara) in 1950s New York. 

    GALECA obviously responded to the film — Bendix and the organization’s president, John Griffiths (Us Weekly), had to jump in to help Nagy pose with Carol’s five awards in all. The movie, hailed by GALECA as a work “of precise beauty and huge emotional impact,” also had won Film of the Year, LGBTQ Film of the Year, Director of the Year - Todd Haynes and Film Performance of the Year - Actress for Blanchett.

    Alexandra Billings, the groundbreaking transgender actress who costars on Amazon’s Transparent, accepted that show’s awards for TV Comedy of the Year, LGBTQ TV Show of the Year and TV Performance of the Year - Actor (Jeffrey Tambor). Billings, asked about her place as the first transgender performer to play a transgender character in a TV production, had fun roasting that turn in 2005’s Romy and Michelle: In the Beginning. The comedy prequel was “awful!” Billings had higher praise for her current gig, in which she plays Davina, a warm transgender woman who helps show Tambor’s character Maura transition. Transparent is “funny because it’s real and true. And [creator] Jill Soloway is a nut!”

    Accepting on behalf of Jane Fonda for the Grace and Frankie’s star’s Timeless Award — GALECA’s career achievement honor previously given to the likes of Sir Ian McKellen — her sitcom costar Baron Vaughn raved about the legendary actress’s “approachable” charms and professionalism. 

    On the Netflix hit, about the unlikely friendship between fastidious Grace (Fonda) and aging hippy Frankie (Lily Tomlin) and their suddenly out husbands, Vaughn plays Tomlin’s adopted son Bud. “When I’m in scenes with Jane and Lily, I’m thinking I’m basically the new Dolly Parton,” quipped Vaughn, referencing a certain Fonda/Tomlin/Parton comedy classic. 

    Other swells attending GALECA’s Hasty Pudding-esque Toast, held at Wilde Wine Bar and Restaurant in Los Angeles, were actor Jason Stuart (Unsung Film of the Year winner Tangerine and the upcoming The Birth of a Nation), rising star Corey Craig (Pee Wee’s Big Holiday) and reality star/actor Massimo Dobrovic (Euros of Hollywood). The afternoon was capped by Natalie Denise Sperl of the L.A. rock band Kill My Coquette, who sang a tribute to the late David Bowie. 

    • • • • •

    Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) Announces 2015/16 Dorian Award Film and TV Winners

    TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2016 - HOLLYWOOD, CA — The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, comprised of over 130 professional critics and entertainment journalists nationwide, today released its choices for the best in movies and television of 2015.

    This year, the 1950s-set lesbian romance Carol surprised with a rare GALECA sweep, with wins for Film of the Year, Director of the Year (Todd Haynes), Screenplay of the year (Phyllis Nagy) and LGBTQ Film of the Year. In addition, Cate Blanchett, star of the ‘50s-set lesbian romance, earned Film Performance of the Year — Actress for her titular turn. Haynes also was also hailed as Wilde Artist of the Year (named for the group’s patron saint Oscar Wilde). As for Film Performance of the Year — Actor, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant prevailed. Blanchett previously won a Dorian Award for Blue Jasmine.

    Director Sean Baker’s Tangerine, the drama of a clique of transgender women navigating the mean streets of Hollywood, took Unsung Film of the Year, while George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road was deemed Visually Striking Film of the Year. Amy, the unvarnished account of the rise and fall of soulful singer Amy Winehouse, won Documentary of the Year.

    In television categories, Fargo and Orange is the Black tied for TV Drama of the Year. Transparent won again for TV Comedy of the Year, with star Jeffrey Tambor winning his second Dorian as well for TV Performance of the Year — Actor. Empire’s Taraji P. Henson was victorious in the Actress category (her series landed as Campy TV Show of the Year).

    Taking a stand in less traditional categories, GALECA members chose edgy comic and society button-pusher Amy Schumer (Trainwreck, Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer) as Wilde Wit of the Year. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver won TV Current Affairs Show of the Year. Campy Flick victor: Magic Mike XXL.

    GALECA’s annual, Hasty Pudding-esque Winners Toast is set for Sunday, March 6, in Los Angeles. Past GALECA toasts have drawn Orange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, Transparent’s Melora Hardin, famed marriage rights activists Jeff Carrillo and Paul Katami, The Comeback’s Robert Michael Morris and trailblazing actor Wilson Cruz.

    The week previous, GALECA added actress Jane Fonda — veteran star of the film classics Klute, Coming Home and  9 to 5 as well as the past year’s Youth and ongoing Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie — to their Timeless Star list. Previous winners of this career achievement kudos are Sir Ian McKellen, George Takei, Betty White, Chloris Leachman and Fonda’s Grace costar Lily Tomlin.

    Full list of winners (with nominees) here:



    The Big Short / Paramount, Regency
    Brooklyn / Fox Searchlight
    • Carol / The Weinstein Company
    Mad Max: Fury Road / Warner Bros., Village Roadshow
    Spotlight / Open Road, Participant, First Look


    (Film or Television)
    Sean Baker, Tangerine / Magnolia Pictures
    • Todd Haynes, Carol / The Weinstein Company
    Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, The Revenant / Fox
    Tom McCarthy, Spotlight / Open Road, Participant, First Look
    George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road / Warner Bros., Village Roadshow


    • Cate Blanchett, Carol / The Weinstein Company
    Brie Larson, Room / A24
    Rooney Mara, Carol / The Weinstein Company
    Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years / Sundance Selects
    Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn / Fox Searchlight


    Matt Damon, The Martian / Fox
    • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant / Fox
    Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs / Universal
    Tom Hardy, Legend / Universal, Cross Creek
    Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl / Focus, Working Title


    • Carol / The Weinstein Company
    The Danish Girl / Focus, Working Title
    Freeheld / Summit
    Grandma / Sony Pictures Classics
    Tangerine / Magnolia Pictures


    The Assassin / Central Motion Pictures, Well Go USA
    Mustang / Cohen Media Group
    Phoenix / Sundance Selects
    • Son of Saul / Sony Pictures Classics
    Viva / Magnolia Pictures


    Emma Donoghue, Room / A24
    • Phyllis Nagy, Carol / The Weinstein Company
    Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short / Paramount, Regency
    Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy, Spotlight / Open Road, Participant, First Look
    Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs / Universal

    (theatrical release, TV airing or DVD release)

    • Amy / A24
    Best of Enemies / Magnolia Pictures, Magnet
    Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief / HBO
    Making a Murderer / Netflix
    What Happened, Miss Simone? / Netflix

    (honoring a production of stunning beauty, from art direction to cinematography)

    Carol / The Weinstein Company
    The Danish Girl / Focus, Working Title
    • Mad Max: Fury Road / Warner Bros., Village Roadshow
    The Martian / Fox
    The Revenant / Fox


    The Diary of a Teenage Girl / Sony Pictures Classics
    Ex Machina / A24
    Grandma / Sony Pictures Classics
    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl / Fox Searchlight
    • Tangerine / Magnolia


    The Boy Next Door
    Fifty Shades of Grey
    • Magic Mike XXL
    Jupiter Ascending


    • Fargo / FX
    The Leftovers / HBO
    Mad Men / AMC
    Mr. Robot / USA
    • Orange is the New Black / Netflix


    Grace and Frankie / Netflix
    Master of None / Netflix
    • Transparent / Amazon
    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt / Netflix
    Veep / HBO


    Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt / Netflix
    Jon Hamm, Mad Men / AMC
    Rami Malek, Mr. Robot / USA
    • Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent / Amazon
    Justin Theroux, The Leftovers / HBO


    Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder / ABC
    Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie / Netflix
    • Taraji P. Henson, Empire / Fox
    Krysten Ritter, Jessica Jones / Netflix
    Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie / Netflix


    Anderson Cooper 360 / CNN
    The Daily Show / Comedy Central
    • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver / HBO
    The Rachel Maddow Show / MSNBC
    Real Time with Bill Maher / HBO


    Grace and Frankie / Netflix
    Looking / HBO
    Orange is the New Black / Netflix
    Sense8 / Netflix
    • Transparent / Amazon


    Broad City / Comedy Central
    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend / CW
    Getting On / HBO
    • Looking / HBO
    UnReal / Lifetime


    - Adele: “Hello / ” Adele Live in New York City / NBC
    • Aretha Franklin: “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors / CBS
    - Lady Gaga: The Sound of Music 50th anniversary tribute, 87th Annual Academy Awards / ABC
    - Sydney Lucas and the Cast of Fun Home: “Ring of Keys” 69th Annual Tony Awards / CBS
    - John Legend and Common: “Glory” (Original song nominee, Selma): 87th Annual Academy Awards / ABC


    American Horror Story: Hotel
    • Empire
    How to Get Away with Murder
    Scream Queens


    Rami Malek
    Kitana Kiki Rodriguez
    Mya Taylor
    Jacob Tremblay
    • Alicia Vikander


    (honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)
    Billy Eichner
    Rachel Maddow
    Tig Notaro
    John Oliver
    • Amy Schumer

    (honoring a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theater and/or television)

    Andrew Haigh
    • Todd Haynes
    Lin-Manuel Miranda
    Tig Notaro
    Amy Schumer

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

    Jane Fonda (previously announced)


    GALECA, an established 501 C-6 nonprofit, aims to generate camaraderie in an unsettling media environment, champion constructive film and TV criticism and elevate entertainment journalism as a whole. Via panels, screenings, events and its occasional “Ten Best” lists, GALECA also strives to remind the world that the LGBTQ-munity has a significant history of helping improve pop culture at large. After all, how would the world fare without knowing what’s campy?

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The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, home of the annual Dorian Awards, is comprised of over 150 professional (paid) critics and entertainment journalists who write on television and film for noteworthy media outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. These outlets run the gamut, from magazine to radio, from national to regional, from consumer to trade, and from mass-audience to LGBTQ-centric. 

Formed in 2009, GALECA toasts the finest in movies and television, “from mainstream to gaystream,” via its Dorian Awards. The awards are named with a wink to our patron saint — the inimitable Oscar Wilde, of course!

Most GALECA members identify as a member of the LGBTQ-munity, be they lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, though GALECA has several “ally” journalists in its ranks as well (these members tend to work for LGBTQ-targeted outlets, but all are welcome).


To remind the world of our community’s cultural history of enhancing the screen arts, and society at largeas taste-makers and trendsetters.

To champion the art of witty, wise and historically knowledgeable film and TV criticism and entertainment journalism.

To provide fellowship, camaraderie and career support in a time of change and uncertainty in the media.


GALECA officially accepts new members March through August ahead of award season, though journalists are welcome to apply at any time. 

Those who are interested in joining GALECA must submit three recent pieces of their work from within the two most recent months.

To remain active year to year, members must be able to show they are currently and regularly writing, reporting and/or editing pieces about television and/or film for at least one legitimate media outlet, be it print, TV, radio or online. 

Members must also pay dues (currently $35 per year), and participate in the voting process of our Dorian Awards, to be considered fully active. 

GALECA members are given a strict code of conduct upon joining. They must abstain from voting for projects which present a clear conflict of interest, and must resist undue influence at all times.

Bloggers are welcome, provided their site represents their livelihood and is exceptional in legitimacy, presentation and popularity.

To inquire about membership, please see “Join Us!” on this site. 


A tax-exempt 501 C-6 nonprofit, GALECA is also established with and operated under the laws and regulations of the State of California that govern all non-profits.

GALECA is guided by a seven-member Board of Directors who, along with our general membership, determines its policies, priorities and fiscal accountability. Our Board Members work on a voluntary basis, though they and any other members are reimbursed for organization-related expenses they are due.

GALECA members vote on the Dorian Awards in a purely democratic fashion. All members are encouraged to vote their top three choices per category in the nominating round, then their sole choice per category in the final round.

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