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Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association’ winners for the best in film and television of 2011

Weekend took home a good bulk of the awards/nominations including Best Picture

Sometimes I get swept up in the excitement of award shows such as the Oscars, sometimes I find them a bore. But there is something fun about making lists of the things we love. And though the Academy Awards might make you roll your eyes, like when Brokeback Mountain lost out to the retch-inducing Crash in 2006, it’s much more fun to roll your eyes at an award show that’s predicated on LGBT content. It may be better, it may be worse, but I have a feeling the ceremony (or at least the after parties) are way more fun.

These winners were announced last Monday January 16th and the winners are listed below. Go ahead and check out how they compare to our own lists of Best Gay 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, February 19 in Los Angeles.

ABOUT GALECA and the DORIAN AWARDS

The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA), formed in 2009, is comprised of over 50 esteemed critics, entertainment journalists and pop culture critics who work for noteworthy newspapers, magazines, websites and TV and radio outlets nationwide. With Oscar Wilde as their patron saint, the group’s collective experience continues to offer society a unique and cherished perspective on popular culture. GALECA members nominate movies, TV programs and performances from a variety of categories, not just LGBT-centric.

*** 2012 DORIAN AWARD WINNERS 

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

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