'Moonlight' Leads Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics' Dorian Award Nominations

12:16 PM 1/12/2017

by Gregg Kilday

The group is also honoring John Waters with its "timeless star" award.

David Bornfriend

Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight leads the list of nominees for The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Associations’ annual Dorian Awards, announced today.

The group, which represents more than 170 film and TV critics and entertainment journalists across the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom, nominated Moonlight for both film of the year and LGBTQ film of the year. It also earned screenplay and directing nominations for Jenkins, male performance of the year noms for Mahershala Ali and Trevante Rhodes, and a nomination for visually striking film of the year.

Along with Moonlight, the best film nominees are Jackie, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea and 20th Century Women.  And in the best LGBTQ film category, Moonlight will compete with Being 17, Closet Monster, Other People and The Handmaiden.

In the TV categories, the nominees for TV drama of the year are Black Mirror, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, The Crown, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Westworld, and the nominees for TV comedy of the year are Atlanta, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Insecure, Transparent and Veep.

GALECA also announced that it would give its "timeless star" career achievement award to writer, director and raconteur John Waters.

Carrie Fisher was nominated posthumously in the group’s Wilde Wit of the Year category, along with Samantha Bee, Bill Maher, Kate McKinnon and John Oliver.

And in the category of campy film of the year the nominees are Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, King Cobra, Nocturnal Animals, The Dressmaker and The Neon Demon.

The Dorian winners will be announced Jan. 26. The group’s annual Winners Toast, honoring a select group of 2016-17 winners, will be held Feb. 18, in Los Angeles.