'Moonlight' Named Best Film of the Year by Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Group

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'Moonlight'

Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis were hailed for their performances.

Moonlight has been named film of the year by the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, which is comprised of more than 170 film and TV critics and entertainment journalists across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. and which announced the winners of its annual Dorian Awards on Thursday.

The coming-of-age drama also was voted best LGBTQ Film of the Year and won awards for Barry Jenkins for his direction and screenplay. Mahershala Ali was tapped as best actor, while Trevante Rhodes, who plays the adult version of the film’s main character, was voted the “We’re Wilde About You!” Rising Star Award, named after playwright Oscar Wilde.

Viola Davis earned a best actress citation for her work in Fences.

La La Land was singled out as Visually Striking Film of the Year, while The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet, was hailed as Campy Flick of the Year.

In the TV categories, FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was chosen Drama of the Year and its co-star Sarah Paulson took TV actress honors for her performance as prosecutor Marcia Clark. For the third year in a row, Amazon’s Transparent won for Comedy of the Year, best LGBTQ Comedy and best actor Jeffrey Tambor.

TBS' new show Full Frontal With Samantha Bee received a Doran Award for Current Affairs Show of the Year. Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda tied for the Wilde Artist of the Year Award. And Carrie Fisher was posthumously honored as Wilde Wit.

As previously announced, GALECA is presenting its Timeless Star Award to writer/director John Waters.

The group will hold its annual Winners Toast, celebrating a select group of 2016-17 honorees, on Feb. 18 in the Maharaja Room at The Pikey Cafe and Bar in Hollywood. 

A complete list of GALECA 2016-17 Dorian Award winners follows:

Film of the Year
Moonlight (A24)

Director of the Year (Film or Television)
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight (A24)

Film Performance of the Year – Actress
Viola Davis, Fences (Paramount)

Film Performance of the Year – Actor
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight (A24)

LGBTQ Film of the Year:
Moonlight (A24)

Foreign-Language Film of the Year
The Handmaiden (Amazon Studios)

Screenplay of the Year
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight (A24)

Documentary of the Year (theatrical release, TV airing or DVD release)
O.J.: Made in America (ESPN Films)

Visually Striking Film of the Year
La La Land (Lionsgate)

Unsung Film of the Year
Christine (The Orchard)

Campy Film of the Year
The Dressmaker (Broad Green/Amazon Studios)

TV Drama of the Year
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)

TV Comedy of the Year
Transparent (Amazon)

TV Performance of the Year – Actor
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)

TV Performance of the Year – Actress
Sarah Paulson, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (FX)

TV Current Affairs Show of the Year
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)

TV Musical Performance of the Year
Kate McKinnon, "Hallelujah,” Saturday Night Live (NBC)

LGBTQ TV Show of the Year
Transparent (Amazon)

Unsung TV Show of the Year
The Real O'Neals (ABC)

Campy TV Show of the Year
RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars (Logo)

We’re Wilde About You! Rising Star of the Year
Trevante Rhodes

Wilde Wit of the Year (honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse):
Carrie Fisher

Wilde Artist of the Year (honoring a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theater and/or television) (tie)
Kate McKinnon
Lin-Manuel Miranda

Timeless Star (honoring an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit)
John Waters

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