AUGUST 18, 2022 - GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics yesterday announced the winners of its 14th Dorian TV Awards for both mainstream and LGBTQIA+ programs.
GALECA, comprised of 360 film, TV and pop culture critics and journalists in the U.S., Canada, Australia and U.K., chose Showtime’s very fine young cannibals drama Yellowjackets for Best TV Drama. Melanie Lynskey, star of that searing, decades-spanning mystery-drama, scored Best TV Performance. ABC’s pointedly funny Abbott Elementary, star-creator Quinta Brunson’s sitcom about a devoted teacher navigating an underfunded public grade school in Philadelphia, earned Best TV Comedy. Another school-set hit, Netflix's Heartstopper, scored Best LGBTQ TV Show for its tender and exhilarating tale of friendship, love and romance among a variety of Brit teens.
The group deemed HBO’s Euphoria Most Visually Striking TV Show, while the group winked along with the cast and writers of Peacock’s Girls5eva in hailing the hilariously over-the-top girl group comedy as Campiest TV Show (over more low-hanging fruit picks like the Lady Di stage tribute Diana: The Musical). Best Non-English Language TV Show went to the dystopian thriller Squid Game, which, it should be noted, included a controversial set of mincing, limp-wristed VIP villains.
GALECA’s inaugural TV Icon honor (streamlined from its original name, The “You Deserve An Award!” Award), came out a tie. The New York theatre-trained Christine Baranski, beloved for her aloof and deceptively imperious roles in such series as Cybill, The Good Wife, The Good Fight and HBO’s current period drama The Gilded Age, shares the title with comic actress Cassandra Peterson, adored for her decades of vamping, alter ego-style, as horror movie show host Elvira.
Actor-comedian Jerrod Carmichael was named LGBTQIA+ TV Trailblazer "for creating art that inspires empathy, truth and equity.” Michaela Jaé Rodriguez was last year’s recipient. “Rothaniel Jerrod Carmichael, raised in a low-income household in North Carolina, was just 26 when he helped convince NBC to put his own sitcom on the air back in 2015,” said GALECA Executive Director John Griffiths. "The Carmichael Show proved then he was not only an entertainment wunderkind, but one who mixed his determination with rare heart and purpose, shedding light on hot-button societal issues from racism to police brutality with the sort of frankness fictional TV rarely does.” In coming out in his HBO comedy special Rothaniel this year, Griffiths added, “He did so with the sort of self-effacing wit, vulnerability and observational humor that would make his heroes Richard Pryor and George Carlin proud. Carmichael has no doubt helped a lot of people turn a page.”
GALECA’s Dorian film and TV award nominees and winners are chosen in purely democratic fashion, with the entire membership able to vote. The group does not allow for committees to select a category’s nominees, though the Board may decide to present its own honor on occasion.
GALECA’s 14th Dorian Film Awards nominees will be revealed in January. COMPLETE LIST OF 14TH DORIAN TV AWARD WINNERS: BEST TV DRAMA Better Call Saul (AMC) Heartstopper (Netflix) Yellowjackets (Showtime) Severance (Apple TV+) Succession (HBO)
BEST TV COMEDY Abbott Elementary (ABC) Barry (HBO) Hacks (HBO Max) The Other Two (HBO Max) Our Flag Means Death (HBO Max)
BEST LGBTQ TV SHOW Hacks (HBO Max) Heartstopper (Netflix) The Other Two (HBO Max) Our Flag Means Death (HBO Max) Somebody Somewhere (HBO) RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
BEST TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES Dopesick (Hulu) The Dropout (Hulu) Midnight Mass (Netflix) Station Eleven (HBO Max) The White Lotus (HBO)
BEST NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE TV SHOW Elite (Netflix) Lupin (Netflix) My Brilliant Friend (HBO) Pachinko (Apple TV+) Squid Game (Netflix)
BEST UNSUNG TV SHOW - to an exceptional program worthy of greater attention Better Things (FX) The Other Two (HBO Max) Our Flag Means Death (HBO Max) Russian Doll (Netflix) Somebody Somewhere (HBO) We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)
BEST TV PERFORMANCE Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary (ABC) Kit Connor, Heartstopper (Netflix) Bridget Everett, Somebody Somewhere (HBO) Bill Hader, Barry (HBO) Lily James, Pam & Tommy (Hulu) Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll (Netflix) Melanie Lynskey, Yellowjackets (Showtime) Amanda Seyfried, The Dropout (HBO) Jean Smart, Hacks (HBO Max) Zendaya, Euphoria (HBO)
BEST SUPPORTING TV PERFORMANCE Murray Bartlett, The White Lotus (HBO) Anthony Carrigan, Barry (HBO) Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus (HBO) Hannah Einbinder, Hacks (HBO Max) Jeff Hiller, Somebody Somewhere (HBO) Janelle James, Abbott Elementary (ABC) Matthew Macfadyen Succession (HBO) Christina Ricci, Yellowjackets (Showtime) Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul (AMC) Sydney Sweeney, Euphoria (HBO)
BEST TV MUSICAL PERFORMANCE Beyoncé, “Be Alive,” 94th Academy Awards (ABC) Kristin Chenoweth and cast, “Tribulation,” Schmigadoon! (Apple TV+) Bridget Everett and Jeff Hiller, “Don’t Give Up,” Somebody Somewhere(HBO) Jean Smart, “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman,” Hacks (HBO Max) Cecily Strong and cast, “Corn Puddin’,” Schmigadoon! (Apple TV+) Hannah Waddingham and cast, “Never Gonna Give You Up,” Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
BEST TV DOCUMENTARY OR DOCUMENTARY SERIES The Andy Warhol Diaries (Netflix) The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+) How To with John Wilson (HBO) Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known (HBO) We Need to Talk About Cosby (Showtime)
BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS PROGRAM The Amber Ruffin Show (Peacock) The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central) Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS) Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS) The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) ZIWE (Showtime)
BEST ANIMATED SHOW Arcane (Netflix) Big Mouth (Netflix) Bob’s Burgers (Fox) Q Force (Netflix) Tuca & Bertie (Adult Swim) What If … ? (Disney+)
BEST REALITY SHOW Legendary (HBO Max) The Real World Homecoming: New Orleans (Paramount+) RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1) Survivor (CBS) Top Chef: Houston (Bravo) We’re Here (HBO)
MOST VISUALLY STRIKING TV SHOW Euphoria (HBO) The Gilded Age (HBO) Loki (Disney+) Severance (Apple TV+) Squid Game (Netflix)
CAMPIEST TV SHOW Diana: The Musical (Netflix) Euphoria (HBO) Girls5Eva (Peacock) Nine Perfect Strangers (Hulu) Schmigadoon! (Apple TV+)
WILDE WIT AWARD - To a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse Joel Kim Booster Quinta Brunson Jerrod Carmichael Jennifer Coolidge Bowen Yang
GALECA TV ICON AWARD (TIE) Note: This in an inaugural honor and its name has been truncated from the one previously announced Gillian Anderson Christine Baranski Lynda Carter Kim Cattrall Cassandra Peterson
GALECA LGBTQIA+ TV TRAILBLAZER - For creating art that inspires empathy, truth and equity Jerrod Carmichael Margaret Cho Russell T Davies Kate McKinnon Bowen Yang