Gay & Lesbian Critics Honor ‘Weekend,’ ‘We Were Here’ and, of Course, ‘The Artist’

The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) has released their list of nominees for their 2012 Dorian Awards.  In a sweeping list of  nominations that proclaims The Artist, The Descendants, and The Tree of Life among the year’s best films, GALECA definitively proves that even gay critics circles are equally capable of boasting the same uninspired, milquetoast opinions as any old straight critics group.

GALECA, whose annual Dorian Awards “toast the finest in movies, TV shows and performances of all kinds, not just LGBT-centric,”  honored other films and  performances popular with other critics groups, like Midnight in Paris and Michael Fassbender’s performance in Shame.

Among the explicitly LGBT-themed films being honored this year with a Dorian nomination were the San Fransisco AIDS documentary We Were Here, Andrew Haigh’s breakthrough film Weekend and Pariah, the story of a young black lesbian grappling with homophobia in Brooklyn. Christopher Plummer received a nomination for “Film Performance of the Year” for his role as an aging gay man in Beginners, and Rooney Mara was duly recognized for her turn as the iconic, sexually fluid Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. 

Perhaps the most noteworthy snub was of Glenn Close’s gender-transcending lead role in Albert Nobbs. Close’s co-star, Janet McTeer, was nominated for her Nobbs supporting turn instead.

Additionally setting out to honor the tragically ludicrous and the ludicrously tragic, GALECA announced its list of nominations for the Campiest (Intentional or Not) Films of the year, including New Queer Cinema royalty Gregg Araki’s latest film Kaboom, Bill Condon’s reportedly bonkers addition to the Twilight film series, and the Justin Bieber documentary Never Say Never.

Below is the complete list of Dorian Award Film Nominations. Their complete list of nominations is available via the GALECA website. This year’s winners will be announced on January 16.

FILM OF THE YEAR
Midnight in Paris / Sony Pictures Classics
The Artist / The Weinstein Company
The Descendants / Fox Searchlight
The Skin I Live In / Sony Pictures Classics
The Tree of Life / Fox Searchlight
Weekend / IFC Films

FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Christopher Plummer / Beginners (Focus Features)
Leonardo DiCaprio / J Edgar (Warner Bros.)
Janet McTeer / Albert Nobbs (Liddell Entertainment)
Meryl Streep / The Iron Lady (The Weinstein Company)
Michael Fassbender / Shame (Fox Searchlight)
Rooney Mara / The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sony/Columbia)

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR (Film, DVD or TV)
Carol Channing: Larger Than Life / Entertainment One
Cave of Forgotten Dreams / Sundance
Page One: Inside the New York Times / Magnolia Pictures
Pina / IFC Films
We Were Here / Red Flag Releasing

LGBT-THEMED FILM OF THE YEAR
Albert Nobbs / Liddell Entertainment
Beginners / Focus Features
Pariah / Focus Features
Tomboy / Rocket Releasing
Weekend / IFC Films

LGBT-THEMED DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
Becoming Chaz / World of Wonder
Bill Cunningham New York / Zeitgeist Films
Making the Boys / 4th Row Films Vito / Automat Pictures
We Were Here / Red Flag Releasing

CAMPY (INTENTIONAL OR NOT) FILM OF THE YEAR
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never / Paramount
Kaboom / Desperate Pictures
The Muppets / Disney
Thor / Paramount
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 / Summit

UNSUNG FILM OF THE YEAR
50/50 / Summit Entertainment
Insidious / FilmDistrict
Jane Eyre / Focus Features Warrior / Lionsgate
Win Win / Fox Searchlight

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  • Calvin

    Never Say Never does not deserve the title of campy.

    • Calvin, I’ve not seen ‘Never Say Never,’ but you’re probably right. Another critique I have about their Camp category is the ‘intentional or not’ qualifier. I’ve always thought “Intentional Camp” was something of an oxymoron

      Susan Sontag is probably rolling in her grave….

  • I can’t believe they nominated ‘Weekend’ for Best Film and ignored Tom Cullen for Best Actor! He was far more honest and interesting than DiCaprio’s sappy work in ‘J. Edgar.’

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