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Friday
Jan 04 2019

GALECA Favours "The Favourite"as Nomination Leader

by Nathaniel R

The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Journalists have announced their official nominations for 2018.It's GALECA's 10th year as an organization making this an anniversary year.As ever,full disclosure on such things,a few of our contributors here at TFE are members of this organization with encompasses over 200 journalists from the UK,US,Australia,and Canada.The all time most-awarded films by GALECA wereCarol(2015) andMoonlight(2016) so that's a good track record.The Favouriteleads the movie nomination this year whilePoseled the TV side.

Recently the Online Film Critics Society had a slate that also favoredThe Favouritebut the Yorgos Lanthimos pitch-black comedyemerged with nothing when the actual winners were selected.It kinda makes you think.CouldThe Favouritealso lead the Oscar nominations but lose everything?

After the jump the full list of nominees with quick commentary...

Film of the Year
CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
THE FAVOURITE
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
ROMA
A STAR IS BORN

Solid.

Director of the Year
ALFONSO CUARON,ROMA
MARIELLE HELLER,CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
BARRY JENKINS,IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
YORGOS LANTHIMOS,THE FAVOURITE
SPIKE LEE,BLACKKKLANSMAN

Pleasantly surprised to see Marielle Heller on the list!

Film Performance of the Year — Actress
YALITZA APARICIO,ROMA
TONI COLLETTE,HEREDITARY
OLIVIA COLMAN,THE FAVOURITE
LADY GAGA,A STAR IS BORN
MELISSA MCCARTHY,CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?

Theexpected Oscar listminus Glenn Close plus Toni Collette.If the gays have forsaken Close (they used to worship her),she might actually be in trouble.

Film Performance of the Year — Actor
CHRISTIAN BALE,VICE
BRADLEY COOPER,A STAR IS BORN
ETHAN HAWKE,FIRST REFORMED
RAMI MALEK,BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON,BLACKKKLANSMAN

I'll just be over here scratching my head about the continuously impervious appeal of mimicry for awards citations.Bale and Malek really aren't doing anything above and beyond that in their movies.Where's the soul-baring or depth in those characterizations?

Film Performance of the Year — Supporting Actress
ELIZABETH DEBICKI,WIDOWS
REGINA KING,IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
EMMA STONE,THE FAVOURITE
RACHEL WEISZ,THE FAVOURITE
MICHELLE YEOH,CRAZY RICH ASIANS

I do try every year to bring awareness to the unethical games played in awards campaigns but it's hard to convince entertainment journalists and critics to care.They regularly just play along with the studios in this regard,thereby only worsening the problem.But 60% of this list is magnificent!(For the record I think Stone & Weisz are also great,performance wise,so in terms of quality this is a phenomenal lineup)

Film Performance of the Year — Supporting Actor
MAHERSHALA ALI,GREEN BOOK
TIMOTHEE CHALAMET,BEAUTIFUL BOY
SAM ELLIOTT,A STAR IS BORN
RICHARD E.GRANT,CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
MICHAEL B.JORDAN,BLACK PANTHER

Two leads in the male supporting category too,sigh,and unlike in Supporting Actress they aren't even sensational performances so why wedge them in,and thereby crowd out awesomness like Alessandro Nivola inDisobedienceor whomever.What's more if Ali had missed here for being a lead,we would have beenGreen Bookfree in our nominations!

Surprised how closely this list is hewing tothe typical slate suspected at the Oscars亚博主页with only Adam Driver (of the regularly predicted set) missing.

LGBTQ Film of the Year
BOY ERASED
CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
DISOBEDIENCE
THE FAVOURITE
LOVE SIMON

Extremely disappointed not to seeWe The Animalsin this selection.Especially from a Queer organization.

Foreign Language Film of the Year
BURNING
CAPERNAUM
COLD WAR
ROMA
SHOPLIFTERS

Everyone keeps coming up with samey-samey lists in Foreign Film but that's okay since all five movies are just great.These five are the clear frontrunners for the Oscar nomination,though Oscar will generally surprise on the morning of the nominations in this category,in at least one slot.I still considerBirds of PassageandNever Look Awayto be the probable spoilers if one of these films stumbles at the finish line.

Screenplay of the Year
BO BURNHAM,EIGHTH GRADE
ALFONSO CUARON,ROMA
DEBORAH DAVIS AND TONY MCNAMARA,THE FAVOURITE
NICOLE HOLOFCENER AND JEFF WHITTY,CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
BARRY JENKINS,IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

I continue to not understand the screenplay appeal ofRoma(it's all Cuaron's visual brilliance -- there wasn't even a script that people could look at during filming according to the producer) andIf Beale Street Could Talk(which feels way too bookish to me with all the narration) but I'm clearly in the minority.Love the other three choices.

Documentary of the Year
FREE SOLO
RBG
SHIRKERS
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS
WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

Shirkerssure is building momentum of late.Will that be enough to make Oscar notice?It's not a typical kind of nominee for them.The others are of course very very big hits andAPP亚博娱乐 .

LGBTQ Documentary of the Year
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRE
MCQUEEN
SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD
STUDIO 54
WHITNEY

Visually Striking Film of the Year
ANNIHILATION
BLACK PANTHER
THE FAVOURITE
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
ROMA

Disappointed not to seeCold WarorSpider-Versehere.

Unsung Film of the Year
COLETTE
DISOBEDIENCE
THE HAPPY PRINCE
TULLY
WE THE ANIMALS
WIDOWS

I wasn't aware thatColetteandThe Happy Princehad die hard fans!The other nominations are very much awesome and I voted for most of them in this exact category :)

Campy Flick of the Year
AQUAMAN
BOOK CLUB
MAMMA MIA!HERE WE GO AGAIN
A SIMPLE FAVOR
SUSPIRIA

"Camp"is so hard to define so it makes the nominated shortlists quite an odd grabbag of styles each year.

TV Drama of the Year
AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE
THE HANDMAID'S TALE
HOMECOMING
KILLING EVE
POSE

Great list,huh?

TV Comedy of the Year
BARRY
GLOW
THE GOOD PLACE
THE MARVELOUS MRS.MAISEL
SCHITT'S CREEK

Schitt's Creekis usually ignored by awards bodies but not GALECA

TV Performance of the Year — Actor
DARREN CRISS,THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY
HUGH GRANT,A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL
BILLY PORTER,POSE
MATTHEW RHYS,THE AMERICANS
BEN WHISHAW,A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL

Look atA Very English Scandalhogging the male acting TV categories

TV Performance of the Year — Actress
AMY ADAMS,SHARP OBJECTS
RACHEL BROSNAHAN,THE MARVELOUS MRS.MAISEL
JODIE COMER,KILLING EVE
SANDRA OH,KILLING EVE
JULIA ROBERTS,HOMECOMING

Look atKilling Evehogging the female acting categories.That's thrilling though because that show wouldn't work without both of them totally acing that sapphic cat & mouse game.

LGBTQ TV Show of the Year
A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL
THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE
KILLING EVE
POSE
QUEER EYE

Lots of double nominees this year

Unsung TV Show of the Year
THE BISEXUAL
DEAR WHITE PEOPLE
THE GOOD FIGHT
ONE DAY AT A TIME
SCHITT'S CREEK

Pretty solid list in terms of shows you hear people raving about that never seem to make a dent in mainstream awardage.Well,The Bisexualis brand new though so that hasn't had much time to permeate anybody's lists.It's from Desiree Akhavan who previously made that lesbian comedy we totally lovedAppropriate Behaviorand also the Sundance winnerThe Miseducation of Cameron Post.I voted forYoungerwhich I always vote for and it'ssounsung that it doesn't even make lists like this one.

TV Current Affairs Show of the Year
THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH
FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE
LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER
THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT
THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW

Full Frontalwon this the last two consecutive years andLast Week Tonightthe year before.

TV Musical Performance of the Year
ADAM LAMBERT,"BELIEVE",41ST KENNEDY CENTER HONORS
BILLY PORTER,MJ RODRIGUEZ AND OUR LADY J,"HOME",POSE
NOAH REID,"SIMPLY THE BEST",SCHITT'S CREEK
KEALA SETTLE,"THIS IS ME",90TH ACADEMY AWARDS
SUFJAN STEVENS,"MYSTERY OF LOVE",90TH ACADEMY AWARDS

Hmmm,huge fan of Sufjan Stevens here but I found his Oscar performance so underwhelming so it's a bit surprising to see it triumph with a nomination (the list of suggestions compiled for this category behind the scenes at GALECA was epically long).I voted for "Home"and "This is Me"and I sense that if I watched Schitt's Creek that great cover would have packed an emotional wallup.

Campy TV Show of the Year
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE
CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA
QUEER EYE
RIVERDALE
RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE

The "We're Wilde About You!"Rising Star Award
AWKWAFINA
ELSIE FISHER
HENRY GOLDING
INDYA MOORE
MJ RODRIGUEZ

TwoCrazy Rich Asians,twoPosemembers andEighth Grade's brilliant tween.

Wilde Wit of the Year
(Honoring a performer,writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)
SAMANTHA BEE
HANNAH GADSBY
KATE MCKINNON
JOHN OLIVER
MICHELLE WOLF

Kate McKinnon and John Oliver have both won this award in the past.I suspect this is Hannah Gadsby's to lose this year.

Wilde Artist of the Year
(Honoring a truly groundbreaking force in film,stage and/or television)
BRADLEY COOPER
HANNAH GADSBY
LADY GAGA
NICOLE KIDMAN
RYAN MURPHY

I don't remember who I voted for other than Bradley Cooper who I figure deserves it for being a writer / director / moviestar/ Gaga acting coach / producer /songwriter all in one film!!!

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Reader Comments (20)

I tried Nathaniel,voted for We the Animals anywhere I could.

January 4,2019 | Registered CommenterMurtada Elfadl

I too voted for We The Animals and it is such a bummer to see it missing from the LGBTQ lineup especially.

January 4,2019 | Registered CommenterChris Feil

Where are Nivola and McAdams in supporting?
Close snub hurts,coming from the LGBT community.I don't understand.

January 4,2019 | Unregistered CommenterFerdi

Strange to see what I felt to be the two most affecting and effective LGBTQ films of the year,1985 and We the Animals,absent or just barely represented in these nominations,respectively.Wish they'd reached deeper.

January 4,2019 | Unregistered CommenterER

And Suspiria is much more than a campy flick.Such a reductive way to think of a majestic movie.

January 4,2019 | Unregistered CommenterFerdi

I hope Bradley Cooper wins Best Actor starting Sunday.He gaves way more internal characterization and dimension than Malek or Bale.And I'm annoyed that Bohemian Rhapsody is a big hit and made being gay seem seedy.

January 4,2019 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph

Here I thought I was the only person still watching "Dear White People,"so I'm glad to see it pop up here!It's fantastic.

January 4,2019 | Unregistered CommenterJames from Ames

NATHANIEL

PLEASE WATCH SCHITT'S CREEK.You will LOVE it.

TGIF

January 4,2019 | Unregistered Commentermikenewq

I'm too am real confused about this line-up - I feel like 90% of what I voted for is nowhere to be seen!I do not understand how WE THE ANIMALS missed,and all that category fraud.And not a single nomination for CLAWS!!!What a world

January 4,2019 | Unregistered CommenterJason

At least they didn't nominate Viggo.The more I think about that ridiculous performance/character,the more annoyed I am that it will probably eliminate Ethan Hawke OR John David Washington from the Oscar line-up.

I like seeing Heller and Yeoh,too.

January 4,2019 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

No Glenn Close or McQueen?Are they really gay?

January 4,2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

These nominations are a mix of great and confusing.THE HAPPY PRINCE clearly has fans,yet Rupert Everett can't into best actor in favour of a list that's just a copy of everywhere else?So many similar things like that.SCHITT'S CREEK,but not Catherine O'Hara in actress?And so on.

FWIW,I am a voter,but unfortunately received the WE THE ANIMALS screener late and have had very limited opportunity to watch any movies so it went unseen by me.But I did put Yen Tan's 1985 on there and it missed,too.I really think GALECA needs a "best LGBTQ Film - limited release"or something like that.So many great small movies (PRINCESS CYD last year,A MOMENT IN THE REEDS,1985,WE THE ANIMALS,etc etc this year) miss out to movies like THE FAVOURITE which,sure,okay,but also...:/

January 4,2019 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

Nathaniel- love you.Mean it.But I think we're good on the category fraud bellyaching for a few posts.I agree with you,but it's really become your only analysis for every supporting lineup this year.The Favourite is a different animal than most- what film has ever gone for 3 lead nominations in one category?And a part of me is thrilled that all 3 of these killer performances will be recognized.

Anyway- again,love you...but let's play a different note for a few rounds,shall we?

January 4,2019 | Unregistered CommenterJake

And one more thing- I hear you about Bale and Malek.Mimicry wins out.But I do think Bale found some opportunity for real emotions through the Vice insanity.The scene in the hospital near the end comes to mind.And Malek is magnetic and actually lives up to that wonderful showman- a bit of a surprise when you've seen his introspective work in Mr.Robot.

No,my issue is with the continued presence of John David Washington.I love his father,and think he gave a solid performance in an interesting,if incredibly messy,film.But if he gets nominated and my guy Ethan Hawke misses out?I'll be unhappy.I even think the Driver nomination is a bit undeserved and I'm a HUGE fan of his work,mostly Paterson and Girls.The best performance in that film is Grace's.Come what may,but Hawke's performance is transcendent and I really hope he's not forgotten.

January 4,2019 | Unregistered CommenterJake

"what film has ever gone for 3 lead nominations in one category?"

MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935).

January 4,2019 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan

@peggy sue:

I guess in their ernestness to replicate all other award shows n so as to be seen as relevant,they fail to recognize what makes them special in the 1st place.They shld've given preference to all LGBTQ+ movies,indies n performers 1st before they consider the mainstream slate.

Its ironic they left off Mortenson but nom Bale who is playing a well known anti-gay character!

January 4,2019 | Unregistered CommenterClaran

"..ifI watched Schitt's Creek..."

oh,nathaniel

January 4,2019 | Unregistered Commenterpar

Jonathan- The lack of a supporting category in which to place Franchet Tone for his performance in Mutiny on the Bounty was a major reason the category was created the next year.

Thanks.

January 5,2019 | Unregistered CommenterJake

I think Chalamet is Oscar-worthy in Beautiful Boy.I think he's exceptional.


A lead,of course.


Ali is great,just not quite there.And obviously a lead.

January 5,2019 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Claran;

You know Cheney's Daughter is gay and he's always gone against the generally accepted Republican stance on gays and gay marriage?

January 5,2019 | Unregistered CommenterMe

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