Viola Davis, Carrie Fisher, “Moonlight” Earn Top Honors From Gay And Lesbian Film Critics Association

Plus: "Drag Race" wins Campiest Show on TV!

Continuing its award season streak, Moonlight was named Film of the Year at the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)’s Dorian Awards.

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The group, comprised of more than 170 critics and entertainment journalists across the U.S., Canada and the U.K., also voted the moving coming-of-age drama the LGBTQ Film of the Year, and handed Moonlight helmer Barry Jenkins best director and best screenplay awards.

In the acting categories, Mahershala Ali was named best actor for his role as the film’s sympathetic drug dealer, and Trevante Rhodes was given the “We’re Wilde About You!” Rising Star Award for playing the adult version of Chiron, the film’s young sexually confused lead.


Moonlight received multiple Oscar noms earlier this week, including Best Director, Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor for Ali and Best Supporting Actress for Naomi TK.

Other Dorians were given to Viola Davis, who received best actress for Fences, La La Land, named Visually Striking Film of the Year, The Handmaiden, for best foreign-language film. The Dressmaker, a Kate Winslet revenge dramedy, was crowned Campy Flick of the Year.

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In the TV categories, FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was chosen Drama of the Year and co-star Sarah Paulson was named best TV actress for her performance as prosecutor Marcia Clark. Amazon’s Transparent won Comedy of the Year for the third year running, as well as best LGBTQ Comedy and Best Actor, for star Jeffrey Tambor.

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Kate McKinnon won TV Musical Performance of the Year for her rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” on Saturday Night Live, and tied with Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda for the Wilde Artist of the Year Award.

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Pink Flamingos director John Waters was presented with the Timeless Star Award, while Carrie Fisher was posthumously honored as Wilde Wit.

A complete list of GALECA Dorian Award winners is below.

Film of the Year
Moonlight (A24)

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:
Moonlight (A24)

Foreign-Language Film of the Year
The Handmaiden (Amazon Studios)

Screenplay of the Year
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight (A24)

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La La Land

Visually Striking Film of the Year
La La Land (Lionsgate)

Documentary of the Year

O.J.: Made in America (ESPN Films)

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
Transparent (Amazon)

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
Transparent (Amazon)

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
Trevante Rhodes

Wilde Wit of the Year:
Carrie Fisher

Wilde Artist of the Year (tie)
Kate McKinnon
Lin-Manuel Miranda

Timeless Star
John Waters

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.