LGBTQ Critics Name Power of the Dog Best Film; Flee, Passing and Drive My Car Also Win Big 

Kristen Stewart Earns Best Film Performance 

Ariana DeBose and Pedro Almodóvar Are Double Winners

Rita Moreno Anointed ‘Timeless Star’ 

House of Gucci Crowned Campiest Flick

March 17, 2022 – Hollywood, California – GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ  Entertainment Critics announced the winners of its 13th Dorian Film Awards,  again honoring movie content from mainstream to LGBTQIA+. To perhaps Sam  Elliott’s chagrin, Netlix’s noirish western The Power of the Dog lassoed three  major prizes, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay, the latter  two Dorians going to auteur Jane Campion.  

Flee, the documentary utilizing graphic novel-style visuals to tell the harrowing  story of a gay Afghan refugee, actually ran past Dog with four wins. The  Neon/Participant film, produced in part by actors Riz Ahmed and Nikolaj Coster Waldau, won Best LGBTQ Film, two documentary awards and GALECA’s first ever Best Animated Film honor. 

Passing, director Rebecca Hall’s adaptation of the Nella Larsen novel about two  female friends confronting racial and sexual identity issues in 1920s Harlem, was  named Best Unsung Film. The poignant Japanese relationship drama Drive My 

Car drove off with Best Non-English Language Film, while first-time director Lin Manuel Miranda’s Tick, Tick… Boom!, starring Andrew Garfield as Rent’s much missed creator Jonathan Larson, took Best Film Music. Director Denis  Villeneuve’s eye-filling sci-fi adventure Dune, from Warner Brothers, took Most  Visually Striking Film.  

In individual categories, GALECA chose Kristen Stewart for Best Film  Performance over 9 other contenders for her moody turn as Princess Diana in  Spencer. Broadway’s Ariana DeBose, one of several breakouts in Steven  Spielberg’s reimagining of West Side Story, grabbed both Best Supporting  Performance and Rising Star honors. 

Despite some bold and lively competition, Parallel Mothers director Pedro  Almodóvar scored GALECA’s special Wilde Artist accolade—meant for “a truly  groundbreaking force in film, theatre and/or television”—over Campion,  Miranda, Lil Nas X and Jennifer Coolidge. In addition, Almodóvar was named  GALECA’s latest LGBTQIA+ Trailblazer, a relatively new award reserved for  those “creating art that inspires empathy, truth and equity.” Previous recipients  are Pose favorite Mj Rodriguez and actress-filmmaker Isabel Sandoval.  

Rita Moreno, the ever-vibrant film, stage, music and TV great—and West Side  Story icon times two—became the group’s first Latino Timeless Star winner. Past  winners of GALECA’s career achievement award include Jane Fonda, Sir Ian  McKellen, John Waters, George Takei, Dame Angela Lansbury, Meryl Streep,  Harvey Fierstein, Betty White and Meryl Streep.  

Moreno, also stellar in such acclaimed films as the Tennessee Williams drama  Summer and Smoke, the hit ‘80s comedy The Four Seasons and the unsung ‘90s  treat I Like It Like That, more recently starred in the Dorian-nominated sitcom  One Day at a Time. This is a special time for the Timeless Star: The 90-year-old charmer is the subject of the recent (Dorian Award-nominated) documentary Rita  Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It.  

As for GALECA’s signature Campiest Flick contest, that honor went to . . . House  of Gucci.  

First presented in 2010, GALECA’s Dorian Awards go to the best in film and TV,  mainstream to queer+, at separate times of the year. GALECA consists of over  350 critics, journalists and broadcasters who work for some of the most  prominent and influential media outlets in the United States, Canada, Australia 

and the U.K. A nonprofit professional organization, the Society—via its  televised Toast awards specials, panels and 10 Best lists—continues to remind  bigots, bullies and our own at-risk youth that the world loves the Q eye on great  and unique entertainment. 

Entertainment fans who appreciate the Society’s missions and doings are  encouraged to subscribe to YouTube channel, where they can watch those star studded Dorians specials and more. Follow us @DorianAwards on Twitter,  Facebook and Instagram. Find more information at GALECA.org. Thank you.  

DORIAN FILM AWARD WINNERS—FULL LIST 

BEST FILM 

Drive My Car (Janus) 

⭐ The Power of the Dog (Netflix) 

The Worst Person in the World (Neon) 

Tick, Tick… Boom! (Netflix) 

West Side Story (20th Century Studios) 

BEST LGBTQ FILM 

Benedetta (IFC Films) 

⭐ Flee (Neon, Participant) 

Parallel Mothers (Sony Pictures Classics) 

Shiva Baby (Utopia) 

The Power of the Dog (Netflix) 

BEST NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE FILM 

⭐ Drive My Car (Janus) 

Flee (Neon, Participant)

Parallel Mothers (Sony Pictures Classics) 

The Worst Person in the World (Neon) 

Titane (Neon) 

BEST UNSUNG FILM 

Mass (Bleecker Street) 

⭐ Passing (Netflix)  

Shiva Baby (Utopia) 

The Green Knight (A24) 

Zola (A24) 

BEST DIRECTOR 

⭐ Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog (Netflix) 

Julia Ducournau, Titane (Neon) 

Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Drive My Car (Janus Films) (Janus) 

Steven Spielberg, West Side Story (20th Century Studios) 

Denis Villeneuve, Dune (Warner Bros.) 

BEST SCREENPLAY 

Drive My Car (Janus) – Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe (adapted)

Passing (Netflix) – Rebecca Hall (adapted) 

The Lost Daughter (Netflix) – Maggie Gyllenhaal (adapted) 

⭐ The Power of the Dog (Netflix) – Jane Campion (adapted) 

The Worst Person in the World (Neon) – Eskil Vogt and Joachim Trier (original)

BEST FILM PERFORMANCE 

Nicolas Cage, Pig (Neon) 

Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye (Searchlight)

Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter (Netflix) 

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog (Netflix)

Penelope Cruz, Parallel Mothers (Sony Pictures Classics)

Andrew Garfield, Tick, Tick… Boom! (Netflix)

Renate Reinsve, The Worst Person in the World (Neon)

Simon Rex, Red Rocket (A24) 

⭐ Kristen Stewart, Spencer (Neon)  

Tessa Thompson, Passing (Netflix) 

BEST SUPPORTING FILM PERFORMANCE 

⭐ Ariana DeBose, West Side Story (20th Century Studios)

Robin de Jesús, Tick, Tick… Boom! (Netflix) 

Colman Domingo, Zola (A24) 

Ann Dowd, Mass (Bleecker Street) 

Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog (Netflix)

Mike Faist, West Side Story (20th Century Studios)

Troy Kotsur, CODA (Apple) 

Ruth Negga, Passing (Netflix) 

Martha Plimpton, Mass (Bleecker Street)

Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog (Netflix) 

BEST DOCUMENTARY 

⭐ Flee (Neon, Participant) 

Procession (Netflix) 

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It (Roadside Attractions) Summer of Soul (Searchlight, Hulu) 

The Rescue (Greenwich Entertainment, National Geographic) The Velvet Underground (Apple) 

BEST LGBTQ DOCUMENTARY 

Ailey (Neon) 

⭐ Flee (Neon, Participant) 

My Name is Pauli Murray (Amazon Studios) 

Pray Away (Netflix) 

Wojnarowicz: F**k You F*ggot F***er (Kino Lorber, World of Wonder)

MOST VISUALLY STRIKING FILM 

⭐ Dune (Warner Bros.) 

Nightmare Alley (Searchlight) 

Passing (Netflix) 

The Power of the Dog (Netflix) 

West Side Story (20th Century Studios) 

Titane (Neon)

BEST ANIMATED FILM 

Belle (GKids)  

Encanto (Disney) 

⭐ Flee (Neon, Participant) 

Luca (Disney) 

The Mitchells vs. the Machines (Netflix, Sony) 

BEST FILM MUSIC  

Dune (Warner Bros.) 

Encanto (Disney) 

Spencer (Neon)  

The Power of the Dog (Netflix) 

⭐ Tick, Tick… Boom! (Netflix) 

“WE’RE WILDE ABOUT YOU!” RISING STAR  

⭐ Ariana DeBose 

Alana Haim  

Patti Harrison 

Jasmin Savoy Brown 

Rachel Zegler 

WILDE ARTIST  

(to a truly groundbreaking force in film, theatre and/or television)

⭐ Pedro Almodóvar 

Jane Campion

Jennifer Coolidge 

Lil Nas X 

Lin-Manuel Miranda  

CAMPIEST FLICK  

Annette (Amazon Studios) 

Cruella (Disney) 

⭐ House of Gucci (United Artists)  

Malignant (Warner Bros.) 

Old (Universal) 

TIMELESS STAR  

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

⭐ Rita Moreno 

GALECA LGBTQIA+ FILM TRAILBLAZER  

(for creating art that inspires empathy, truth and equity) 

⭐ Pedro Almodóvar 

Photo from Netflix

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