“Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.” —Oscar Wilde
GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics honors its collective picks for the finest in film and television, from mainstream to LGBTQ-themed, via our Dorian Awards—named with a nod to the great wit Oscar Wilde, of course!
GALECA members vote on the Dorian Awards in a purely democratic fashion. All members are encouraged to name their top 3 choices per category in the nominating round, then their sole choice per category in the final round.
The Dorians have no entry process per se. It is up to professional representatives to make sure qualifying films, TV programs and performances are on our membership’s radar.
Our Film awards are for titles released in the calendar year (if the world allows). Our TV awards go to programs that have aired sometime from June 1 in a given year through May 31 of the following year.
Please note that our Dorians go to all types of content, from general to LGBTQ.
See “Qualifications” on this site for info on submissions and criteria.
Starting with our 2021 TV awards, we returned to gender-neutral performance categories, the format in our early years.
Dorian Film Award categories
See any current timelines on this site’s home page under Latest News.
Best Film Director
Best Film Performance
Best LGBTQ Film
Best Non-English Language Film *
Best Screenplay (original or adapted)
Best LGBTQ Documentary
Best Supporting Film Performance
Best Unsung Film
Most Visually Striking Film
Best Animated Film (new)
Best Film Score and/or Soundtrack (working title) (new)
‘We’re Wilde About You!’ Rising Star Award
The Wilde Artist Award honoring a truly groundbreaking force in entertainment
Timeless Star Award to an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit
GALECA (Film) LGBTQIA+ Trailblazer for creating art that inspires empathy, truth and equity Note: For this award, nominees chosen by membership via committee, with final honoree named by the general membership.
Dorian TV Award categories
Best TV Drama
Best TV Comedy
Best TV Movie or Limited Series
Best LGBTQ TV Show
Best TV Performance
Best Supporting TV Performance
Best TV Musical Performance
Best Current Affairs Show (talk show or news/informational program)
Best TV Documentary or Documentary Series
Best Non-English Language TV Show (new)
Best Unsung TV Show
Best Animated Show
Most Visually Striking TV Show
Best Reality Show
Campiest TV Show
Wilde Wit Award honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse
GALECA (TV) LGBTQIA+ Trailblazer for creating art that inspires empathy, truth and equity Note: For this award, nominees are chosen by a committee, with the recipient voted upon by the entire membership.
* Category name revised in 2021; if a nation’s official Academy Award ® entry precedes its public release, it is eligible in all relevant Dorian Award film categories per its Academy run only; however, GALECA is not affiliated with A.M.P.A.S.
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