Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Choose "Argo" for Best Picture! See Complete Dorian Awards Winners List! 


Ben Affleck's "Argo" continues its ascendance to Oscar glory. Adding to its treasure-trove of trophies was the big win at the Dorian Awards given by the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA).

In the acting categories, Daniel Day-Lewis won Film Performance of the Year -- Actor for "Lincoln" and Anne Hathaway was given the Female Performance of the Year award for her memorable performance as Fantine in Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables."

The complete list of Dorian Award winners is below. A celebratory toast will be held Sunday, February 17 in Los Angeles.

For more information, please visit: galeca.com and https://www.facebook.com/galecadorianawards

Here are the winners (in bold); for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:

FILM OF THE YEAR

*** Argo (Warner Bros.)

Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight)

Keep the Lights On (Music Box)

Les Miserables (Universal)

Lincoln (DreamWorks/Touchstone)

Moonrise Kingdom (Focus)


FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR - ACTOR

Alan Cumming / Any Day Now (Music Box)

Bradley Cooper / Silver Linings Playbook (Weinstein)

*** Daniel Day-Lewis / Lincoln (DreamWorks/Touchstone)

Hugh Jackman / Les Miserables (Universal)

Joaquin Phoenix / The Master (Weinstein)

John Hawkes / The Sessions (Fox Searchlight)



FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR - ACTRESS

*** Anne Hathaway / Les Miserables (Universal)

Emmanuelle Riva / Amour (Sony Pictures Classics)

Jennifer Lawrence / Silver Linings Playbook (Weinstein)

Jessica Chastain / Zero Dark Thirty (Sony/Columbia)

Marion Cotillard / Rust and Bone (Sony Pictures Classics)



LGBT FILM OF THE YEAR

Any Day Now (Music Box)

Cloud Atlas (Warner Bros.)

Gayby (Wolfe Releasing/The Film Collaborative)

*** Keep the Lights On (Music Box)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit/Lionsgate)



DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (IFC)

Bully (Weinstein)

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (Samuel Goldwyn)

*** How to Survive a Plague (Sundance Selects)

The Invisible War (Cinedigm)

The Queen of Versailles (Magnolia)



VISUALLY STRIKING FILM OF THE YEAR

(honoring a production of stunning beauty, from art direction to cinematography)

Anna Karenina (Focus)

Cloud Atlas (Warner Bros.)

Les Miserables (Universal)

*** Life of Pi (Fox)

Moonrise Kingdom (Focus)



CAMPY FLICK OF THE YEAR

2016: Obama's America (Rocky Mountain)

Cloud Atlas (Warner Bros.)

*** (tie) Magic Mike (Warner Bros.)

*** (tie) The Paperboy (Millennium)


Pitch Perfect (Universal)

Rock of Ages (Warner Bros./New Line)



UNSUNG FILM OF THE YEAR

*** Bernie (Millennium)

The Cabin in the Woods (Lionsgate)

Chronicle (Fox)

Holy Motors (Indomina)

Looper (Sony)

Your Sister’s Sister (IFC)



TV DRAMA OF THE YEAR

*** American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)

Breaking Bad (AMC)

Game of Thrones (HBO)

*** Homeland (Showtime)

Mad Men (AMC)



TV COMEDY OF THE YEAR

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

*** Girls (HBO)

Happy Endings (ABC)

Louie (FX)

Modern Family (ABC)



TV PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR - ACTOR

Aaron Paul / Breaking Bad (AMC)

*** Damian Lewis / Homeland (Showtime)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson / Modern Family (ABC)

Jim Parsons / The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Jon Hamm / Mad Men (AMC)



TV PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR - ACTRESS

Claire Danes / Homeland (Showtime)

*** Jessica Lange / American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)

Julianne Moore / Game Change (HBO)

Edie Falco / Nurse Jackie (Showtime)

Lena Dunham / Girls (HBO)

Sofia Vergara / Modern Family (ABC)



TV MUSICAL PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Darren Criss, "Teenage Dream," Glee (Fox)

De'Borah Garner, The Fray's "You Found Me," The Voice (NBC)

*** Jennifer Hudson, Tribute to Whitney Houston, The Grammys (CBS)

Megan Hilty and Katherine McPhee, "Let Me Be Your Star,” Smash (NBC)

Raza Jaffrey, Katharine McPhee and cast: "A Thousand and One Nights,” Smash (NBC)



LGBT TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)

Happy Endings (ABC)

*** (tie) Modern Family (ABC)

*** (tie) The New Normal (NBC)


Smash (NBC)



CAMPY TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

666 Park Avenue (ABC)

American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)

GCB (ABC)

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC)

*** Liz & Dick (Lifetime)

Smash (NBC)



UNSUNG TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

Bunheads (ABC Family)

Catfish (MTV)

Fringe (FX)

GCB (ABC)

*** Happy Endings (ABC)

Parenthood (NBC)



TV OR MOVIE TITLE OF THE YEAR

*** Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 (ABC)

GCB (ABC)

I Was Impaled (Discovery Fit & Health)

I'm Having Their Baby (Oxygen)

It's Christmas, Carol! (Hallmark Channel)



WE'RE WILDE ABOUT YOU (NEWCOMER AWARD)

Andrew Rannells

Anna Camp

Ben Whishaw

Eddie Redmayne

*** Ezra Miller



WILDE WIT OF THE YEAR

(honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)

Bill Maher

Chelsea Handler

*** Jon Stewart

Lena Dunham

Sarah Silverman

Stephen Colbert



WILDE ARTIST OF THE YEAR


(honoring a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theatre and/or television)

Lena Dunham

Louis C.K.

*** Ryan Murphy

Tony Kushner

Tig Notaro



TIMELESS AWARD

(honoring an actor or performer whose exemplary career has been marked by character, wisdom and wit)

Sir Ian McKellen

ABOUT GALECA

The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, founded in 2008 by Us Weekly television critic John Griffiths, is comprised of over 80 established film and TV critics and entertainment journalists who cover those fields for recognized media outlets across America and the United Kingdom. Our members write or report for the likes of TV Guide, Us Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Movies.com, ETOnline, The Advocate, Out, The Huffington Post, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, major TV network affiliates, and regional titles such as The Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury News, Frontiers L.A. and InsideOut Nashville. GALECA is home to the annual Dorian Awards, which honor movies and TV programs of all types. Overall, GALECA's aim is to generate camaraderie in an unsettling media environment, to preserve and champion the crafts of criticism and entertainment journalism, and to help elevate the screen arts and culture at large.

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Behind the Scenes: "How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular" 


I love the animated wonder, “How to Train Your Dragon,” from DreamWorks Animation voiced by Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, and David Tennant.

But you know what I love even more? Watching the film’s live spectacular show now touring North America. This coming weekend, the show is flying to the Honda Center in Anaheim, California until January 20th. Watch the spellbinding show when it comes to your city – it will bring out the child in you. Here's our behind-the-scenes look at "How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular":



Here's more info on the show from Wikipedia:

How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular or How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular is an arena show adaptation of the feature film How to Train Your Dragon. The show is being produced in partnership with Global Creatures, the company behind another arena show Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular, and directed by Nigel Jamieson. The score was composed by John Powell and Jónsi from Sigur Rós. Arena Spectacular features 24 animatronic dragons - 10 different species in various sizes: Nadder, Gronckle, Nightmare, Night Fury (Toothless), Red Death, Skrill, Stinger, Kite Dragon, Zippleback and Egg Biter. It also features villagers and Vikings, including Hiccup, Astrid, Stoick, and Gobber.

The show premiered on March 3, 2012, in Melbourne, Australia, under the title How to Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular. It continued its world tour in New Zealand in April 2012,[36] and has been touring the United States and Canada since June 2012 with the new title How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular.

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Why You Have to See “Bwakaw” -- The Philippines’ Entry to Oscars Foreign Language Competition 


I am proud of the Philippine Cinema! Like Hollywood, for every mainstream film, there are independent movies that tell a captivating story made by passionate filmmakers who want their voice heard. One of those filmmakers is Jun Robles Lana who created a thought-provoking movie about aging called “Bwakaw.”

Made with blessings from Cinemalaya, the purveyor of well-crafted indie films in the Philippines, “Bwakaw” stars the Filipino icon, Eddie Garcia, as Rene, a quarrelsome elderly gay man who came out late in life. Faced with many missed opportunities, Rene finds solace in his dog, bwakaw (translation: voracious appetite).

Playwright, screenwriter, and filmmaker Jun Robles Lana, the youngest Filipino to be inducted in the Palanca Literary Awards Hall of Fame, created “Bwakaw” in honor of his mentor, Rene Villanueva. You can feel the filmmaker’s passion just by watching the movie. The film was the official submission of the Philippines for the 85th Academy Awards foreign language competition. “Bwakaw” failed to get a nomination, but it didn’t matter for Lana. The film afforded him a new appreciation for life.

Lana’s “Bwakaw” was recently screened at the 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival under the World Cinema Now banner. I met the esteemed filmmaker for this one-on-one interview about “Bwakaw” and his passion. See what lies ahead for Jun Robles Lana.



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"Perks of Being a Wallflower" Gets USC Scripter Nomination! See Complete List of Nominees! 


I'm so happy that "Perks of Being a Wallflower," an overlooked gem this awards season, received a nomination for the 25th annual USC Libraries Scripter awards which recognize both the screenwriters and the authors of a film. In the case of "Perks," Stephen Chbosky is being honored for writing the book and adapting his novel. He also directed but too bad he did not get a nod from the Directors Guild of America. Oh well. We'll find out the winner on February 9.

Here are the complete list of nominees; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:

"Argo": Screenwriter Chris Terrio, Joshuah Bearman, author of the article "The Great Escape," and Antonio J. Mendez, author of "The Master of Disguise."

"Beasts of the Southern Wild": Screenwriters Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, based on Alibar's play "Juicy and Delicious."

"Life of Pi": Screenwriter David Magee and novelist Yann Martel.

"Lincoln": Screenwriter Tony Kushner and Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln."

"Perks of Being a Wallflower": Stephen Chbosky, who wrote both the novel and the screen adaptation.

"Silver Linings Playbook": Screenwriter David O. Russell and author Matthew Quick.

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Directors Guild Reveals Documentary Nominees 


The Directors Guild of America has announced the nominees for the Best Documentary category of the DGA Awards. I'm very happy that "Searching for Sugar Man" and "The Queen of Versailles," two of my favorite docs of 2012, received nods. Winner will be revealed on February 2nd.

Here's the complete list of nominees; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:

The Invisible War
KIRBY DICK
Rise Film
ITVS
Fork Films
Cuomo Cole Productions
Canal Plus
Chain Camera Pictures

This is Mr. Dick’s first DGA Award nomination.

Searching For Sugar Man
MALIK BENDJELLOUL
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Passion Pictures Production
Canfield Pictures & The Documentary Company
Red Box Films

This is Mr. Bendjelloul’s first DGA Award nomination.

The Queen of Versailles
LAUREN GREENFIELD
Magnolia Pictures
Evergreen Pictures
BBC Storyville
Impact Partners
Candescent Films
Plus Pictures
DR
VPRO
Queen of Versailles, LLC

This is Ms. Greenfield’s first DGA Award nomination.

How To Survive A Plague
DAVID FRANCE
Public Square Films
Ford Foundation/Justfilms Impact Partners
How to Survive a Plague, LLC

This is Mr. France’s first DGA Award nomination.

Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry
ALISON KLAYMAN
United Expression Media
Muse Film and Television
Never Sorry, LLC

This is Ms. Klayman’s first DGA Award nomination.

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