‘Hacks,’ ‘Somebody Somewhere,’ ‘Euphoria’ Lead in LGBTQ Critics Dorian TV Nominations

JUNE 22, 2022 – As frighteningly reactionary Florida governor Ron DeSantis frets that grade school teachers will somehow turn kids queer . . . as GOP candidates like Arizona’s Kari Lake feverishly push to ban drag queens (not to mention books) from libraries . . . as certain multimillionaire celebrities huff and puff that the often poorly paid and harassed (and murdered) trans woman should not be called a woman . . . the fact remains that the world will always look to the trend-spotting, trend-setting LGBTQ community for the latest and coolest in pop culture. Not a small thing. Just ask Beyoncé. 

The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, now comprised of 385 professional critics and journalists covering film and television, has announced its 14th Dorian TV Awards nominations for the best in all of TV, mainstream to LGBTQIA+ content. Leading GALECA members’ short list of TV’s best, with five nominations each, are HBO’s freshman comedy Somebody Somewhere and HBO Max’s Hacks.

HBO’s wildly provocative teen drama, Euphoria, follows with four nominations, including nods for star Zendaya, Most Visually Striking TV Show and the group’s dubious Campiest TV Show honor (alongside Apple+’s intentionally amusing musical Schmigadoon! and Netflix’s oh-so-awkward Lady Di stage tribute Diana: The Musical). 

In network nomination counts, HBO tops with 24, Netflix is next with 15 and HBO Max has 13 (that’s 37 in all for HBO networks).

GALECA members were drawn to a variety of new shows this past seasons, with ABC’s welcome public school comedy Abbott Elementary, the lovely British teen dramedy Heartstopper (Netflix) and surprising dramasYellowjackets (Showtime) and Severance (Apple TV+) all receiving multiple nods. 

Helping christen GALECA’s inaugural “You Deserve An Award!” Award to a beloved TV icon are nominees Gillian Anderson, Christine Baranski, Lynda Carter, Kim Cattrall and Cassandra Peterson. 

In the running for Wilde Wit: Abbott Elementary star and creator Quinta Brunson, rising comedian Joel Kim Booster (Fire Island), standup comic and TV wunderkind Jerrod Carmichael (Rothaniel), distinctly amusing actress Jennifer Coolidge and Bowen Yang, last year’s Dorian winner in the category. 

And GALECA LGBTQIA+ TV Trailblazer nominees Carmichael, Margaret Cho, Russell T Davies, Kate McKinnon and Yang are all celebrated “for creating art that inspires empathy, truth and equity.”

Full list of nominees and nomination counts below. Winners of the 14th Dorian TV Awards will be revealed Wednesday, August 17.

Televised editions of past Dorian Awards, featuring such winners or presenters as Janelle Monáe, Regina King, Antonio Banderas, Bowen Yang, Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman, Dan Levy, Jean Smart, Josh Thomas, Andrew Ahn, Laverne Cox, Billy Porter, Carey Mulligan, Rachel McAdams, Cynthia Nixon, Margaret Cho, Daniel Kaluuya, John Oliver, Olivia Newton-John, Michaela JaéRodriguez, Cheyenne Jackson and Charo, can be streamed on Tubi, Planet Out and Revry TV and GALECA’s YouTube channel.

GALECA’s timeline for next year’s 14th Dorian Film Awards will be announced in August. 

COMPLETE LIST OF DORIAN TV AWARD NOMINEES*

BEST TV DRAMA

Better Call Saul (FX)

Heartstopper (Netflix)

Yellowjackets (Showtime)

Severance (Apple TV+)

Succession (HBO)

BEST TV COMEDY

Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Barry (HBO)

Hacks (HBO Max)

The Other Two (HBO Max)

Our Flag Means Death (HBO Max)

BEST LGBTQ SHOW

Hacks (HBO Max)

Heartstopper (Netflix)

The Other Two (HBO Max)

Our Flag Means Death (HBO Max)

Somebody Somewhere (HBO)

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

BEST TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES

Dopesick (Hulu)

The Dropout (Hulu)

Midnight Mass (Netflix)

Station Eleven (HBO Max)

The White Lotus (HBO)

BEST NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE TV SHOW

Elite (Netflix)

Lupin (Netflix)

My Brilliant Friend (HBO)

Pachinko (Apple TV+)

Squid Game (Netflix)

BEST UNSUNG SHOW

Better Things (FX)

The Other Two (HBO Max)

Our Flag Means Death (HBO Max)

Russian Doll (Netflix)

Somebody Somewhere (HBO)

We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)

BEST TV PERFORMANCE

Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Kit Connor, Heartstopper (Netflix)

Bridget Everett, Somebody Somewhere (HBO)

Bill Hader, Barry (HBO)

Lily James, Pam & Tommy (Hulu)

Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll (Netflix)

Melanie Lynskey, Yellowjackets (Showtime)

Amanda Seyfried, Dropout (HBO)

Jean Smart, Hacks (HBO Max)

Zendaya, Euphoria (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING TV PERFORMANCE

Murray Bartlett, The White Lotus (HBO)

Anthony Carrigan, Barry (HBO)

Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus (HBO)

Hannah Einbinder, Hacks (HBO Max)

Jeff Hiller, Somebody Somewhere (HBO)

Janelle James, Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Matthew Macfadyen Succession (HBO)

Christina Ricci, Yellowjackets (Showtime)

Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul (FX)

Sydney Sweeney, Euphoria (HBO)

BEST TV MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

Beyonce’ “Be Alive,” 94th Academy Awards (ABC)

Kristin Chenoweth and cast, “Tribulation,” Schmigadoon! (Apple TV+)

Bridget Everett and Jeff Hiller, “Don’t Give Up,” Somebody Somewhere (HBO)

Jean Smart, “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman,” Hacks (HBO Max)

Cecily Strong and cast, “Corn Puddin’,” Schmigadoon! (Apple TV+)

Hannah Waddingham and cast, “Never Gonna Give You Up,” Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

BEST TV DOCUMENTARY OR DOCUMENTARY SERIES

The Andy Warhol Diaries (Netflix)

The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+)

How to with John Wilson (HBO)

Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known (HBO)

We Need to Talk About Cosby (Showtime) 

BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS PROGRAM

The Amber Ruffin Show (Peacock) 

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central) 

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)

The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)

ZIWE (Showtime)

BEST ANIMATED SHOW

Arcane (Netflix) 

Big Mouth (Netflix)

Bob’s Burgers (Fox)

Q Force (Netflix)

Tuca & Bertie (Adult Swim)

What If…? (Disney+)

BEST REALITY SHOW

Legendary (HBO Max) 

The Real World Homecoming: New Orleans (Paramount+)

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Survivor (CBS)

Top Chef: Houston (Bravo)

We’re Here (HBO)

MOST VISUALLY STRIKING SHOW

Euphoria (HBO)

The Gilded Age (HBO)

Loki (Disney+)

Severance (Apple TV+)

Squid Game (Netflix)

CAMPIEST TV SHOW

Diana: The Musical (Netflix) 

Euphoria (HBO)

Girls5Eva (Peacock)

Nine Perfect Strangers (Hulu)

Schmigadoon! (Apple TV+)

WILDE WIT AWARD

To a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse

Joel Kim Booster

Quinta Brunson

Jerrod Carmichael

Jennifer Coolidge

Bowen Yang

THE INAUGURAL “YOU DESERVE AN AWARD!” AWARD

To a uniquely talented TV icon we adore

Gillian Anderson

Christine Baranski 

Lynda Carter

Kim Cattrall

Cassandra Peterson

GALECA LGBTQIA+ TV TRAILBLAZER

for creating art that inspires empathy, truth and equity

Jerrod Carmichael

Margaret Cho

Russell T Davies

Kate McKinnon

Bowen Yang


NOMINATION COUNT BY NETWORK

HBO – 24

Netflix – 15

HBO Max – 13

Apple TV+ – 7 

Disney+ – 3

FX – 3

CBS – 2 

Showtime – 5

ABC – 4

Hulu – 4

Peacock – 3 

Adult Swim – 1

Bravo – 1

Comedy Central – 1

Fox – 1

MSNBC – 1

Paramount+ – 1 

TBS – 1

VH1 – 1

NOMINATION COUNT BY SERIES

Hacks – 5 

Somebody Somewhere – 5

Euphoria – 4

Our Flag Means Death -3 

Abbott Elementary – 3

Barry – 3

The Other Two – 3 

Schmigadoon! – 3 

Succession – 3 

Heartstopper – 3

The White Lotus – 3

Yellowjackets – 3

Better Call Saul – 2

The Drop Out – 2

Severance – 2

Squid Game – 2

Girls5Eva – 2

RuPaul’s Drag Race – 2

Russian Doll – 2

94th Academy Awards – 1

The Amber Ruffin Show – 1 

The Andy Warhol Diaries – 1 

Arcane – 1 

The Beatles: Get Back – 1 

Better Things – 1 

Big Mouth – 1 

Bob’s Burgers – 1 

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – 1 

Diana: The Musical – 1 

Dopesick – 1 

Elite – 1 

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee – 1 

The Gilded Age – 1 

How to With John Wilson – 1 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

 – 1 

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – 1 

Legendary – 1 

Loki – 1 

Lupin – 1 

Midnight Mass – 1 

My Brilliant Friend – 1 

Nine Perfect Strangers – 1 

Pachinko – 1 

Pam & Tommy – 1 

Q Force – 1 

The Rachel Maddow Show – 1 

The Real World Homecoming: New Orleans – 1 

Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known – 1 

Station Eleven – 1 

Survivor – 1 

Ted Lasso – 1 

Top Chef: Houston – 1  

Tuca & Bertie – 1 

We Are Lady Parts – 1 

We Need to Talk About Cosby  – 1 

What If…? – 1 

ZIWE – 1 

* GALECA members are asked to list their three favorite choices per category in order of preference, with three points going to their first choice, two to the second and one to the third. Programs and performances with the highest tallies earn nominations. More than five nominations in a category is the result of an actual or virtual tie (the latter being a difference of one point).


ABOUT GALECA

The Society currently consists of 385 active journalists, and 20 culturally influential Advisory Board members, based in the U.S., Canada, Australia, U.K. and beyond. GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, formed in 2009, sponsors the Dorian Awards, honoring the best in film and TV, mainstream to queer+. We’re here to remind bullies, bigots and our own at-risk youth that the world loves the sly Q eye on entertainment. A nonprofit 501 c 6 professional organization, GALECA currently consists of 385 active critics and journalists who write for a variety of noteworthy outlets in the United States, Canada, Australia, the U.K. and beyond. GALECA also helps advocate for better pay, access and respect for undervalued pop culture journalists. 

Say “LGBTQ” and 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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