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'Everything' sweeps The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics 14th Dorian Film Awards
--From a press release

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GALECA,The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, has named A24's fantastical and affecting family relationship drama Everything Everywhere All at Once 2022's Film of the Year—and then some—in its 14th Dorian Film Awards.

Everything creative duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert co-won both director and best screenplay honors, star Michelle Yeoh seized best performance, Ke Huy Quan edged out two of his costars for supporting performance, while the time-and-reality-warping box office champ also nabbed LGBTQ Film and Visually Striking Film wins.

No need to feel sad for Quan's Everything cast mate Stephanie Hsu—the group of more than 400 entertainment critics, journalists and media icons named the breakout actress Rising Star of the Year.

GALECA's Dorian Award voters chose writer-director Charlotte Wells' father-daughter tearjerker Aftersun as best Unsung Film, a category meant for "an exceptional movie worthy of greater attention." A24's roll didn't stop there—the studio's stop-motion charmer Marcel the Shell with Shoes On walked off with Animated Film, and its cheeky horror prequel Pearl, headlining co-writer Mia Goth as an ax-wielding wannabe in 1918 Texas, scored (the not always complementary) Campiest Flick honors.

Two Dorians went to All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, director Laura Poitras' searing Neon tragidoc involving famed photographer—and recovering Oxy-Contin addict—Nan Goldin. The film, taking both best documentary and LGBTQ documentary, follows the bisexual Goldin in her mission to shame members of the Sackler family pharma dynasty for willfully helping fuel America's opioid crisis.

Non-English Language Film of the Year is RRR, the rollicking, spectacular—and song-filled—historical adventure about two passionate South Indian rebels determined to push British colonials from their homeland in the 1920s.

As for the group's special accolades, Yeoh—currently seen in the re-release of the movie that made her an international star, 2000's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon—was GALECA's latest pick for Wilde Artist of the Year. The honor, named in homage to Oscar Wilde, goes to a "truly groundbreaking force in film, theater and/or television." Previous recipients include such entertainment firebrands as Pedro Almodóvar, Todd Haynes, Kate McKinnon, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ryan Murphy, Dolly Parton, Jordan Peele and Joey Soloway.

The non-binary actor-singer Janelle Monáe, co-star of last year's popular big-screen lark Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (for which they received a Dorian nomination), was named LGBTQIA+ Film Trailblazer. Past Trailblazers (either film or TV) include director Isabel Sandoval, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez and Almodóvar.

The group will announce the recipient of its Timeless Star career achievement honor at a later date.

In a special vote in their film ballots, GALECA's members were asked to name an LGBTQ-themed theatrical release of 2022 that they felt deserved more attention (streaming platform releases such as Hulu's Fire Island and Netflix's Do Revenge were not considered but will be eligible for the next Dorian TV Awards). The group's 10 Best Unsung LGBTQ Film Films of 2022, in alphabetical order: Anais in Love, Benediction, Close, Firebird, Girl Picture, Great Freedom, Peter von Kant, Please Baby Please, Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies and We're All Going to the World's Fair.

"Pushing through a pandemic, plus frightening attacks on not just America's democracy but its citizens of color and anyone who isn't straight—we've all had to deal with a lot lately," said GALECA Executive Director John Griffiths. "But how great is that the movies are back, from big, exciting blockbuster to personal and quirky stories that hit home for all types of cinema fans? No matter what's going on in the mind of a certain Florida governor and his ilk, the best movies, and TV too, will only continue to reflect what's going on in the real world—and parallel ones too. Looking at our nominees and winners, you can let out a nice, deep breath."



Film of the Year

Aftersun (A24)

The Banshees of Inisherin (Searchlight)

* Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)

The Fabelmans (Universal)

Tár (Focus Features)

LGBTQ Film of the Year

Benediction (Roadside Attractions)

Bros (Universal)

* Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)

The Inspection (A24)

Tár (Focus Features)

Director of the Year

Todd Field, Tár (Focus Features)

* Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)

Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin (Searchlight)

Sarah Polley, Women Talking (United Artists)

Charlotte Wells, Aftersun (A24)

Screenplay of the Year

Todd Field, Tár (Focus Features)

* Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)

Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin (Searchlight)

Sarah Polley, Women Talking (United Artists)

Charlotte Wells, Aftersun (A24)

Non-English Language Film of the Year

All Quiet on the Western Front (Netflix, Amusement Park)

Close (A24)

Decision to Leave (Mubi, CJ Entertainment)

EO (Sideshow, Janus Films)

* RRR (DVV Entertainment, Variance Films)

Unsung Film of the Year

To an exceptional movie worthy of greater attention

* Aftersun (A24)

After Yang (A24)

Benediction (Roadside Attractions)

The Eternal Daughter (A24)

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (Searchlight)

The Menu (Searchlight)

Emily the Criminal (Vertical/Roadside Attractions)

Film Performance of the Year

Cate Blanchett, Tár (Focus Features)

Austin Butler, Elvis (Warner Bros.)

Viola Davis, The Woman King (Sony)

Danielle Deadwyler, Till (United Artists)

Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin (Searchlight)

Brendan Fraser, The Whale (A24)

Mia Goth, Pearl (A24)

Paul Mescal, Aftersun (A24)

Jeremy Pope, The Inspection (A24)

* Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)

Supporting Film Performance of the Year

Angela Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney, Marvel)

Hong Chau, The Whale (A24)

Jaime Lee Curtis, Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)

Dolly De Leon, Triangle of Sadness (Neon)

Nina Hoss, Tár (Focus Features)

Stephanie Hsu, Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)

Barry Keoghan, The Banshees of Inisherin (Searchlight)

Janelle Monáe, Glass Onion: Knives Out (Netflix)

Keke Palmer, Nope (Universal)

* Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)

Documentary of the Year

* All the Beauty and the Bloodshed (Neon)

Fire of Love (Neon, National Geographic)

Good Night Oppy (Amazon Studios)

Moonage Daydream (Neon)

Navalny (Warner Bros.)

LGBTQ Documentary of the Year

* All the Beauty and the Bloodshed (Neon)

Framing Agnes (Kino Lorber)

Moonage Daydream (Neon)

Nelly & Nadine (Wolfe Releasing)

Sirens (Oscilloscope)

Animated Film of the Year

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (Netflix)

* Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (A24)

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (DreamWorks, Universal)

Turning Red (Disney, Pixar)

Wendell & Wild (Netflix)

Film Music of the Year

Babylon - score by Justin Hurvitz (Paramount)

Elvis - score and music production by Elliott Wheeler; the music of Elvis Presley; various artists (Warner Bros.)

RRR - score by M.M. Keeravani (DVV Entertainment, Variance Films)

* Tár - score and curation by Hildur GuÀ°nadóttir (Focus Features)

Women Talking - score by Hildur GuÀ°nadóttir (United Artists)

Visually Striking Film of the Year

Avatar: The Way of Water (20th Century)

Babylon (Paramount)

* Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)

Nope (Universal)

RRR (DVV Entertainment, Variance Films)

Campiest Flick of the Year

Babylon (Paramount)

Bodies Bodies Bodies (A24)

Elvis (Warner Bros.)

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (Netflix)

* Pearl (A24)

RRR (DVV Entertainment, Variance Films)

Rising Star Award

Austin Butler

Frankie Corio

* Stephanie Hsu

Gabriel LaBelle

Jenna Ortega

Jeremy Pope

Wilde Artist Award

To a truly groundbreaking force in film, theater and/or television

Cate Blanchett

Billy Eichner

Janelle Monáe

Keke Palmer

* Michelle Yeoh

GALECA LGBTQIA+ Film Trailblazer Award

* Janelle Monáe

About GALECA and the Dorian Film and TV Awards

Formed in 2009, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics and its Dorian Awards honor film (in winter) and TV (autumn) from mainstream to LGBTQIA+. The 501 c 6 nonprofit aims to reminding bigots, bullies and our own communities that the world often looks to the Q+ eye for unique and powerful entertainment. GALECA also advocates for better pay, access and respect for its members, especially those in our most underrepresented and vulnerable segments.

With funding provided by Rotten Tomatoes, GALECA recently launched the Crimson Honors, a college film/TV criticism contest for LGBTQ women or nonbinary students of color. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2023. Details and criteria can be found at

Find @DorianAwards on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. GALECA's YouTube channel features the group's past Dorians film and TV Toast awards specials, video chats with filmmakers and talks with members about their latest books and more. See for additional info.

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment journalists is a core member of CGEM: Critics Groups for Equality in Media, an alliance of underrepresented entertainment journalists organizations.

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