Pose, WandaVision Lead LGBTQ Critics Dorian Award Nominations

HOLLYWOOD, CA, JUNE 17, 2021—Take pride, Hollywood: GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, comprised of over 300 entertainment journalists in the U.S. and abroad, has announced its 2021 Dorian TV Award nominations. “And I’m so proud,” says the Society’s newly elected president, Monika Estrella Negra. “Our group’s nominations are diverse and fresh, signaling the overhaul of invisibility of marginalized communities and the heralding of a new generation of entertainment journalists.”

The final season of Pose, FX’s dazzling and powerful found-family drama, holds sway with six nods, starting with Best TV Drama. Disney+’s amusing (and TV-spoofing) Marvel fantasy WandaVision keeps an eye out with five nominations. And following closely with four nominations each: HBO’s grim Kate Winslet-lead murder mystery Mare of Easttown and vividly frank trauma tale I May Destroy You, as well as the heartrending AIDS crisis drama It’s a Sin on spinoff network HBO Max.

Spurred by passionate pleas in trade publication editorials by non-binary activists, as well as non-binary journalists and others in GALECA’s own ranks, the group’s membership recently voted to make all Dorian performance categories gender-neutral (as they were in the group’s first three years of existence, beginning in 2009). Aiming to alleviate concerns that the elimination of gendered acting categories would cut the number of nomination-worthy roles by half—and leave out artists that might otherwise be recognized—the Society moved to note 10 nominees, rather than the usual five, for Best TV Performance and Best Supporting TV Performance.

In the chief performance category, venerable stars like Winslett (for Easttown), Jean Smart (Hacks) and past Dorian Award winner Billy Porter (Pose) are up against rising talents like I May Destroy You’s creator Michaela Coel and Thuso Mbedu (The Underground Railroad). In the supporting race, Dorian final-ballot voters will choose from the likes of The Crown’s Gillian Anderson, John Boyega of auteur director Steve McQueen’s anthology drama Small AxeSaturday Night Live’s latest breakout Bowen Yang and Easttown standout Julianne Nicholson. 

Showing the medium is still thriving amid a pandemic, GALECA’s short-list picks include lots of first-season shows, including the electric dramas Bridgerton, Lovecraft Country and P-Valley, the over-the-top showbiz satires Girls5eva (produced by Tina Fey) and Hacks, and Best Current Affairs Show contenders Ziwe and The Amber Ruffin Show

And holding court in the group’s trademark Campiest TV Show arena: The annual flashy and drama-filled live music performance battle Eurovision Song Contest, the nasty nurse rehash that was Ratched, the ultra-irreverent WandaVision, and more. 

Meanwhile, in the Best TV Musical Performance category, will Lady Gaga triumph for her mighty rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” during President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration? Among her rivals: Saturday Night Live cast members Bowen Yang, Punkie Johnson, Kate McKinnon, et al, singing “Pride Month Song,” a clever take-down of corporate America’s sometimes laughable way of pandering to the LGBTQ crowd.  

Dorian TV Award winners will be revealed Sunday, August 29. Last fall’s Dorians TV Toast 2020 special, a mix of comedy, original music and meaningful tributes to winners, featured appearances by Janelle Monáe, Regina King, Hugh Jackman, Dan Levy, Josh Thomas, Laverne Cox, John Oliver, Damon Lindelof, Margaret Cho, Chad Michaels and the exuberant Porter. The program, hosted by groundbreaking gay activist and broadcasting veteran Karel, can be viewed for free on demand on Revry.TV. 

Viewers who missed GALECA’s more recent special, Dorians Film Toast 2021featuring Carey Mulligan, Daniel Kaluuya, Lee Daniels, Charo, Cheyenne Jackson, Rachel McAdams, Cynthia Nixon, Jharrel Jerome, Rosanna Arquette, Harry Hamlin, Rafael Silva, satirist Deven Green, returnees Cox and Cho and more—can tune to Free Speech TV (FSTV) on June 27, 4pm EST, 1pm PST. The three-hour show, also hosted by Karel, will be repeated on the channel over July 4 weekend as well.

More GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics news: On Wednesday June 23, we’re proud to be a marketing partner of the first PRIDE TV Summit hosted by Next TV, Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and tvtech.The free virtual event featuring talks with Nicole Maines, (Dorian nominee) Randy Rainbow, Jonathan Capehart, Obama-Biden administration fixture Moe Vela and several GALECA members. Register at pridetvsummit.com.

And in addition to Negra, Editor-in-Chief of CinéSPEAK, GALECA’s recently elected Board of Directors for 2021-23 are Vice President Diane Anderson-Minshall (CEO & Editorial Director, Out and The Advocate magazines, Pride .com), Secretary Adriana Gomez-Weston (writer of The Cinema Soloist blog) Treasurer Walt Hickey (Editor & founder, Numlock newsletter), Women’s Outreach Director Jazz Tangcay (Senior Artisans Editor, Variety), Membership Director Dan Allen (contributor, NBC Out; The Blade, EDGE Media Network), and Outreach Director Tariq Raouf (contributor, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Advocate, Nerdist). 

COMPLETE LIST OF DORIAN TV AWARD NOMINEES:

BEST TV DRAMA: Bridgerton, The Crown, Lovecraft Country, P-Valley, Pose

BEST TV COMEDY: The Flight Attendant, Girls5eva, Hacks, PEN15, Ted Lasso

BEST LGBTQ SHOW: I May Destroy You, It’s A Sin, Love, Victor, Pose, Veneno

BEST TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES: I May Destroy You, It’s a Sin, Mare of Easttown, Small Axe, The Queen’s Gambit

BEST UNSUNG SHOW: A Black Lady Sketch Show, Girls5eva, Love, Victor, Search Party, Veneno, We Are Who We Are

BEST TV PERFORMANCE: Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You; Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant; Thuso Mbedu, The Underground Railroad; Elizabeth Olsen, WandaVision; Billy Porter, Pose; MJ Rodriguez, Pose; Jean Smart, Hacks; Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso; Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit; Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown

BEST SUPPORTING TV PERFORMANCE: Gillian Anderson, The Crown; John Boyega, Small Axe; Pappa Essiedu, I May Destroy You; Kathryn Hahn, WandaVision; Marielle Heller, The Queen’s Gambit; Callum Scott Howells, It’s a Sin; Dominique Jackson, Pose; Julianne Nicholson, Mare of Easttown; Jean Smart, Mare of Easttown; Bowen Yang, Saturday Night Live

BEST TV MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Lady Gaga, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Biden-Harris Inauguration; Jonathan Groff, “You’ll Be Back,” Hamilton; Kathryn Hahn, “Agatha All Along,” WandaVision; Elton John & Years & Years, “It’s a Sin,” BRIT Awards 2021; Punkie Johnson, Anya-Taylor Joy, Lil Nas X, Kate McKinnon, Bowen Yang, “Pride Month Song,” Saturday Night Live; Bowen Yang (as The Iceberg That Sank the Titanic), “Loverboy,” Saturday Night Live 

BEST TV DOCUMENTARY OR DOCUMENTARY SERIES: Framing Britney Spears; I’ll Be Gone in the Dark; Pretend It’s a City; Pride; Tina

BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS SHOW: Full Frontal with Samantha Bee; Last Week Tonight with John Oliver; The Amber Ruffin Show; The Late Show with Stephen Colbert; Ziwe

BEST ANIMATED SHOW: Big Mouth; Bob’s Burgers; Harley Quinn; Invincible; South Park: The Pandemic Special

BEST REALITY SHOW: Legendary; Nailed It; Queer Eye; RuPaul’s Drag Race; The Great British Bake Off

MOST VISUALLY STRIKING SHOW: Bridgerton; The Crown; Lovecraft Country; Pose; Small Axe; The Mandalorian; WandaVision

CAMPIEST TV SHOW: At Home with Amy Sedaris; Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square; Eurovision Song Contest; Ratched; WandaVision

WILDE WIT AWARD (To a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse): Michaela Coel; Kathryn Hahn; Fran Lebowitz; Randy Rainbow; Bowen Yang    

THE INAUGURAL “YOU DESERVE AN AWARD!” AWARD (To a uniquely talented TV icon we adore): Winner TBA

ABOUT GALECA: GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics’ Dorian Awards, formed in 2009, go to all of film and TV, mainstream to LGBTQ, reminding bigots, bullies and at-risk youth that the world looks to the queer eye for leads on great and unique entertainment. The Society currently includes approximately 300 active journalists, and 20 culturally influential Advisory Board members, based in the U.S., Canada, Australia, U.K. and beyond.

Please show your solidarity with underrepresented entertainment journalists by following @DorianAwards on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

For more information about the Society, visit GALECA.org.

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