I personally want to live in a world where Somebody Somewhere, The Other Two, Abbott Elementary, and Yellowjackets can get nominated alongside Diana: The Musical. Right wing conservatives are coming after queer people left and right (and drag queens for some effing reason), so art and visibility are more important than ever.
Please see below for the nominations for GALECA’s Dorian TV Awards!
JUNE 22, 2022 – As frighteningly reactionary Florida governor Ron DeSantis frets that grade school teachers will somehow turn kids queer . . . as GOP candidates like Arizona’s Kari Lake feverishly push to ban drag queens (not to mention books) from libraries . . . as certain multimillionaire celebrities huff and puff that the often poorly paid and harassed (and murdered) trans woman should not be called a woman . . . the fact remains that the world will always look to the trend-spotting, trend-setting LGBTQ community for the latest and coolest in pop culture. Not a small thing. Just ask Beyoncé.
The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, now comprised of 385 professional critics and journalists covering film and television, has announced its 14th Dorian TV Awards nominations for the best in all of TV, mainstream to LGBTQIA+ content. Leading GALECA members’ short list of TV’s best, with five nominations each, are HBO’s freshman comedy Somebody Somewhere and HBO Max’s Hacks.
HBO’s wildly provocative teen drama, Euphoria, follows with four nominations, including nods for star Zendaya, Most Visually Striking TV Show and the group’s dubious Campiest TV Show honor (alongside Apple+’s intentionally amusing musical Schmigadoon! and Netflix’s oh-so-awkward Lady Di stage tribute Diana: The Musical).
In network nomination counts, HBO tops with 24, Netflix is next with 15 and HBO Max has 13 (that’s 37 in all for HBO networks).
GALECA members were drawn to a variety of new shows this past seasons, with ABC’s welcome public school comedy Abbott Elementary, the lovely British teen dramedy Heartstopper (Netflix) and surprising dramas Yellowjackets (Showtime) and Severance (Apple TV+) all receiving multiple nods.
Helping christen GALECA’s inaugural “You Deserve An Award!” Award to a beloved TV icon are nominees Gillian Anderson, Christine Baranski, Lynda Carter, Kim Cattrall and Cassandra Peterson.
In the running for Wilde Wit: Abbott Elementary star and creator Quinta Brunson, rising comedian Joel Kim Booster (Fire Island), standup comic and TV wunderkind Jerrod Carmichael (Rothaniel), distinctly amusing actress Jennifer Coolidge and Bowen Yang, last year’s Dorian winner in the category.
And GALECA LGBTQIA+ TV Trailblazer nominees Carmichael, Margaret Cho, Russell T Davies, Kate McKinnon and Yang are all celebrated “for creating art that inspires empathy, truth and equity.”
Full list of nominees and nomination counts below. Winners of the 14th Dorian TV Awards will be revealed Wednesday, August 17.
Televised editions of past Dorian Awards, featuring such winners or presenters as Janelle Monáe, Regina King, Antonio Banderas, Bowen Yang, Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman, Dan Levy, Jean Smart, Josh Thomas, Andrew Ahn, Laverne Cox, Billy Porter, Carey Mulligan, Rachel McAdams, Cynthia Nixon, Margaret Cho, Daniel Kaluuya, John Oliver, Olivia Newton-John, Michaela JaéRodriguez, Cheyenne Jackson and Charo, can be streamed on Tubi, Planet Out and Revry TV and GALECA’s YouTube channel.
GALECA’s timeline for next year’s 14th Dorian Film Awards will be announced in August.
COMPLETE LIST OF DORIAN TV AWARD NOMINEES*
BEST TV DRAMA
AMC – 2
The Society currently consists of 385 active journalists, and 20 culturally influential Advisory Board members, based in the U.S., Canada, Australia, U.K. and beyond. GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, formed in 2009, sponsors the Dorian Awards, honoring the best in film and TV, mainstream to queer+. We’re here to remind bullies, bigots and our own at-risk youth that the world loves the sly Q eye on entertainment. A nonprofit 501 c 6 professional organization, GALECA currently consists of 385 active critics and journalists who write for a variety of noteworthy outlets in the United States, Canada, Australia, the U.K. and beyond. GALECA also helps advocate for better pay, access and respect for undervalued pop culture journalists.
For more information about the Society, visit GALECA.org.