After being nominated for 7 Dorian awards, Moonlight has been named Best Film of the Year by the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Circle (GALECA).
This coming-of-age drama set in Miami over a span of 20 years was also voted LGBT+ Film of the Year, and won awards for Barry Jenkins for his direction and screenplay. Mahershala Ali was named Best Actor, while Trevante Rhodes, who plays the adult version of the film’s main character, was voted the Rising Star Award.
Viola Davis won Best Actress for her role in Fences.
The late Carrie Fisher was awarded Wilde Wit of the Year (honouring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse) while John Water was named Timeless Star ((honouring an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit).
GALECA is comprised of more than 170 film and TV critics and entertainment journalists across the US, Canada and the UK. The awards cover both film and television.
The winners will be honoured at a special ‘toast’ ceremony to be held on Saturday, February 18th in Los Angeles.
Here is a complete list of the winners:
Film of the Year
Director of the Year (Film or Television)
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight (A24)
Film Performance of the Year – Actress
Viola Davis, Fences (Paramount)
Film Performance of the Year – Actor
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight (A24)
LGBTQ Film of the Year:
Foreign-Language Film of the Year
The Handmaiden (Amazon Studios)
Screenplay of the Year
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight (A24)
Documentary of the Year (theatrical release, TV airing or DVD release)
O.J.: Made in America (ESPN Films)
Visually Striking Film of the Year
La La Land (Lionsgate)
Unsung Film of the Year
Christine (The Orchard)
Campy Film of the Year
The Dressmaker (Broad Green/Amazon Studios)
TV Drama of the Year
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
TV Comedy of the Year
TV Performance of the Year – Actor
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)
TV Performance of the Year – Actress
Sarah Paulson, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (FX)
TV Current Affairs Show of the Year
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)
TV Musical Performance of the Year
Kate McKinnon, “Hallelujah,” Saturday Night Live (NBC)
LGBTQ TV Show of the Year
Unsung TV Show of the Year
The Real O’Neals (ABC)
Campy TV Show of the Year
RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars (Logo)
We’re Wilde About You! Rising Star of the Year
Wilde Wit of the Year (honouring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse):
Wilde Artist of the Year (honouring a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theatre and/or television) (tie)
Timeless Star (honouring an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit)
Tim Baros writes film and theatre articles/ reviews for Pride Life and The American magazines and websites, as well as for Hereisthecity.com, Blu-RayDefinition.com and TheGayUK.com. He has also written for In Touch and TNT Magazines, SquareMile.com and LatinoLife.co.uk. He is a voting member for the UK Regional Critics Circle and the Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA – of which he is the UK representative). In addition, he has produced and directed two films: The Shirt and Rex Melville Desire: The Musical.