December 07, 2016

Meryl Streep, “Weekend,” “Modern Family” win big at Gay and Lesbian awards


By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association today announced their top choices for the best in film and television of 2011.

The group’s Dorian Award winners this time include two big victories for the bold gay romance “Weekend” (for Film of the Year as well as LGBT Film of the Year).

Meryl Streep earned Film Performance of the Year for her uncanny turn as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the biopic “The Iron Lady,” while Michael Fassbender nabbed the We’re Wilde About You Rising Star of the Year honor for his daring performance as a sex addict in “Shame.”

In the more unusual film categories, the comic drama “50/50,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young man diagnosed with cancer, was named Unsung Film of the Year, and “The Muppets” took Campy (Intentional or Not) Film of the Year.

On the TV side, the FX network’s wild ghosts tale “American Horror Story” was deemed TV Drama of the Year. The chiller’s star, Jessica Lange, won TV Performance of the Year for her portrayal as a faded actress with a link to the Other Side.

The ABC sitcom “Modern Family” won for both TV Comedy of the Year and LGBT-themed TV Show of the Year, while Fox’s still-popular “Glee” and the HBO concert special “Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour” tied for TV Musical Program of the Year. Campy TV Show of the Year honors went to ABC’s buzz-blessed primetime soap “Revenge,” and the Unsung TV Show title was given to the network’s scrappy family comedy “Suburgatory.”

The complete list of Dorian Award winners is below. A celebratory toast will be held Sunday, Feb. 19 in Los Angeles.

2012 DORIAN AWARD WINNERS (IN BOLD)

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 / HBO
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

TV DRAMA OF THE YEAR
American Horror Story / FX
Downton Abbey / PBS
Homeland / Showtime
Mildred Pierce / HBO
The Good Wife / CBS

TV COMEDY OF THE YEAR
Modern Family / ABC
Louie / FX
30 Rock / NBC
The Big Bang Theory / CBS
Happy Endings / ABC

TV MUSICAL PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
A Very Gaga Thanksgiving / ABC
Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On / HBO
Glee / Fox (TIE)
Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour / HBO (TIE)
The Voice / NBC

TV PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Bryan Cranston / Breaking Bad / AMC
Claire Danes / Homeland / Showtime
Jessica Lange / American Horror Story / FX
Kate Winslet / Mildred Pierce / HBO
Madeleine Stowe / Revenge / ABC

LGBT-THEMED TV SHOW OF THE YEAR
American Horror Story / FX
Happy Endings / ABC
Modern Family / ABC
RuPaul’s Drag Race / Logo
True Blood / HBO

CAMPY (INTENTIONAL OR NOT) TV SHOW OF THE YEAR
American Horror Story / FX
Hot In Cleveland / TV Land
Revenge / ABC
The A List New York / Logo
True Blood / HBO

UNSUNG TV SHOW OF THE YEAR
Enlightened / HBO
Happy Endings / ABC
Louie / FX
Pan Am / ABC
Parenthood / NBC
Suburgatory / ABC

THE WE’RE WILDE ABOUT YOU RISING STAR AWARD
Elizabeth Olsen
Jessica Chastain
Melissa McCarthy
Michael Fassbender
Tom Hardy

WILDE WIT OF THE YEAR AWARD
Kathy Griffin
Kristen Wiig
Louis C.K.
Rachel Maddow
The Staff Writers of Happy Endings

TIMELESS STAR
Betty White

Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
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– The cast of “The Artist.”
Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
Woody Harrelson for “Rampart.”
Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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