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Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics Announces Dorian Film Award Nominees

Minari and Nomadland Lead with Most Nods, Prom and Wonder Woman 1984 Vie for Campiest Flick

February 11, 2021—GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, founded in 2009 and now comprised of over 280 professional journalists covering film and television, has announced nominations for its first separate Dorian Film Awards. 

As ever, the Society’s Dorians honor both mainstream and queer titles, but the pandemic necessitated special allowances: Movies given a theatrical or digital theatrical release from January 2020 to Feb. 28, 2021 were considered. Winners will be revealed in the group’s Dorians Film Toast 2021 special set to air on the queer platform Revry on April 18. 

Across 16 categories showing a pleasing range of diversity, the heartfelt Koreans-in-Arkansas drama Minari leads with six Dorian nominations, including Best Film and Best Foreign Language Film (take that, Golden Globes). Following with five nominations is the poetic tragicomedy Nomadland, with nods for lead Frances McDormand, two for director and screenwriter Chloé Zhao, and a shot at Most Visually Striking Film. 

“It’s not a surprise that the films that came out in 2020, one of the country’s most tumultuous years, are fascinating works that feel both deeply personal and subversively political,” says GALECA president Diane Anderson-Minshall. “And I’m thrilled that unlike some other critics groups, our members have not relegated Minari—one of the year’s most quintessentially American films—just to the foreign language category. More than anything, Minari and Nomadland show what it means to live with autonomy and self-direction in America today.”

The Chinese-born Zhao is also up for the group’s Wilde Artist Award alongside actress and acclaimed first-time film director Regina King (One Night in Miami), Dolly Parton, Elliot Page and the late Chadwick Boseman, also honored with a posthumous Best Actor nomination for his dynamic turn in the period drama Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. The Artist accolade, named in honor of GALECA’s patron saint Oscar Wilde, goes to “a truly groundbreaking force in entertainment.”

Emerald Fennell, writer-director of fellow Best Film contender Promising Young Woman (4 nominations), is a double-nominee herself. Woman’s star Carey Mulligan joins McDormand in the best actress race, alongside Miss Juneteenth’s pageant-mom Nicole Beharie, Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ pregnant teen Sidney Flanigan (also competing for the group’s Rising Star honor), and Viola Davis for her turn as a certain famed blues singer in Ma Rainey’s. McDormand is a past two-time GALECA nominee, while Davis earned a Dorian for her work in 2016’s Fences. 

Along with Boseman in the Best Actor category are Anthony Hopkins for The Father, Delroy Lindo for director Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, Riz Ahmed for the addiction drama Sound of Metal and Steven Yeun of Minari. 

Rounding out the Best Film hopefuls are the indie fable First Cow and Metal, with three nominations each. 

In the past, GALECA has named movies such as Moonlight and Carol both best film and best LGBTQ film, but this year the lists for those two categories are completely different. Aiming for best queer film are the Kate Winslet-Saoirse Ronan period romance Ammonite, the fact-based love story I Carry You with Me, the Stanley Tucci-Colin Firth tearjerker Supernova, writer-director Alan Ball’s dry comedy Uncle Frank and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

In the group’s signature Campiest Flick race: Bad Hair, Birds of Prey, Eurovision Song Contest, The Prom and Wonder Woman 1984.  

The winner of the Society’s Timeless Star career achievement award—past recipients include Jane Fonda, Meryl Streep, Sir Ian McKellen and Lily Tomlin—will be announced in the group’s April 18 Dorians Film Toast special. GALECA’s previous awards special, Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry, hosted by queer broadcasting firebrand Karel, featured tributes to such luminaries as Hugh Jackman, Regina King, Janelle Monáe, Billy Porter, John Oliver, Dan Levy and Damon Lindelof. Presenters included Alex Newell, Margaret Cho, Dave Koz, Josh Thomas and Shangela. The program, and its behind-the-scenes companion half-hour Dorians Dish, can be viewed on Revry.TV. 

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics’ Dorian Awards go to all of film and TV, from mainstream to queer, helping remind bullies, bigots and at-risk youth that the world looks to “the Q eye” for tips on what’s great in movies and shows. After all, how would the world fare without knowing what’s campy?

A nonprofit professional organization, GALECA consists of over 280 critics and journalists who write for legitimate media outlets in the United States, Canada, Australia and the U.K. For more info, visit GALECA.org. Support us if you will on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @DorianAwards. And tap your toes to our two theme songs: The cozy “Raise a Glass!” and the spirited “Toast,” performed by The Black Donnellys, at DoriansToast.com. 

Complete list of Dorian Film Awards nominees:

 

Best Film

FIRST COW

MINARI

NOMADLAND

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

SOUND OF METAL

Best LGBTQ Film

AMMONITE

THE BOYS IN THE BAND 

I CARRY YOU WITH ME

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

SUPERNOVA

UNCLE FRANK

 

Best Non-English Language Film

ANOTHER ROUND

BACURAU

I CARRY YOU WITH ME

LA LLORONA

MINARI

TWO OF US

 

Best Director

CHLOÉ ZHAO, NOMADLAND

EMERALD FENNELL, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

KELLY REICHARDT, FIRST COW

LEE ISAAC CHUNG, MINARI

REGINA KING, ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

 

Best Screenplay (original or adapted)

CHLOÉ ZHAO, NOMADLAND

ELIZA HITTMAN, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS

EMERALD FENNELL, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

LEE ISAAC CHUNG, MINARI

RADHA BLANK, THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION

 

Best Unsung Film 

DRIVEWAYS

FIRST COW

MISS JUNETEENTH

NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS

SHIRLEY

THE ASSISTANT

 

Best Documentary

COLLECTIVE

CRIP CAMP

DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD

TIME

WELCOME TO CHECHNYA

 

Best LGBTQ Documentary

A SECRET LOVE

BORN TO BE

DISCLOSURE

MUCHO MUCHO AMOR: THE LEGEND OF WALTER MERCADO

WELCOME TO CHECHNYA

 

Best Film Performance — Actress

CAREY MULLIGAN, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

FRANCES MCDORMAND, NOMADLAND

NICOLE BEHARIE, MISS JUNETEENTH

SIDNEY FLANIGAN, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS

VIOLA DAVIS, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

 

Best Film Performance — Actor 

ANTHONY HOPKINS, THE FATHER

CHADWICK BOSEMAN, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

DELROY LINDO, DA 5 BLOODS

RIZ AHMED, SOUND OF METAL

STEVEN YEUN, MINARI

 

Best Film Performance — SUPPORTING Actress 

AMANDA SEYFRIED, MANK

CANDICE BERGEN, LET THEM ALL TALK

MARIA BAKALOVA, BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM

OLIVIA COLMAN, THE FATHER

YUH-JUNG YOUN, MINARI

 

Best Film Performance — SUPPORTING Actor 

CHADWICK BOSEMAN, DA 5 BLOODS

DANIEL KALUUYA, JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

LESLIE ODOM JR., ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

PAUL RACI, SOUND OF METAL

SACHA BARON COHEN, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

 

Most Visually Striking Film 

BIRDS OF PREY: AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN

MANK

NOMADLAND

SOUL

WOLFWALKERS

 

Campiest Flick

BAD HAIR

BIRDS OF PREY: AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA

THE PROM

WONDER WOMAN 1984

 

“We’re Wilde About You!” Rising Star Award

ALAN S. KIM

KINGSLEY BEN-ADIR

MARIA BAKALOVA

RADHA BLANK

SIDNEY FLANIGAN

 

 

(to a truly groundbreaking force in entertainment)

CHADWICK BOSEMAN

CHLOE ZHAO

DOLLY PARTON

ELLIOT PAGE

REGINA KING

The Dorians Film Toast 2021 Best Foreign Language Film Nominees Are…

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Best Foreign Language Film Dorians Film Toast 2021 Nominees

 

The Dorians Film Toast 2021 is upon us! The show will air April 18, 2021 on Revry.tv and is sure to be a star-studded, fun, informative event! Tune in as GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics toasts the most diverse, entertaining and inclusive films of 2020/2021 

Best Foreign Language Film

Another Round
Bacurau
I Carry You With Me
La Llorona
Minari
Two of Us

The Dorians Film Toast 2021 Best LGBTQ Film Nominees Are…

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The Dorians Film Toast 2021 Best LGBTQ Film Nominees

The Dorians Film Toast 2021 is upon us! The show will air April 18, 2021 on Revry.tv and is sure to be a star-studded, fun, informative event! Tune in as GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics toasts the most diverse, entertaining and inclusive films of 2020/2021

Best LGBTQ Film

Ammonite
I Carry You With Me
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Supernova
Uncle Frank
The Boys in the Band

The Dorians Film Toast 2021 Best Film Nominees Are…

2021 Best Film

Dorians Film Toast 2021 Film Nominees

The Dorians Film Toast 2021 is upon us! The show will air April 18, 2021 on Revry.tv and is sure to be a star-studded, fun, informative event! Tune in as GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics toasts the most diverse, entertaining and inclusive films of 2020/2021 !

Best Film

First Cow
Minari
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal

Dorians Film Toast 2021 Nominees: Best Director

 

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Best Director 2021 Dorian Film Toast Nomiees

The Dorians Film Toast 2021 is upon us! The show will air April 18, 2021 on Revry.tv and is sure to be a star-studded, fun, informative event! Tune in as GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics toasts the most diverse, entertaining and inclusive films of 2020/2021 !

 

And the nominees are:

Best Director
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
Kelly Reichardt, First Cow
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Regina King, One Night in Miami

Hey, ‘Tiger’—You’re Our Campy Show Winner!

TIGER KING: MURDER, MAYHEM AND MADNESS—CAMPIEST TV SHOW (NETFLIX)

THE SHOW

#TigerKing

Among the eccentrics and cult personalities in the stranger-than-fiction world of big cat owners, few stand out more than this documentary series’ focus Joe Exotic, a mulleted, gun-toting polygamist and country western singer who presides over an Oklahoma roadside zoo. Charismatic but misguided, Joe and an unbelievable cast of characters including drug kingpins, conmen, and cult leaders all share a passion for big cats, and the status and attention their dangerous menageries garner. But things take a dark turn when Carole Baskin, an animal activist and owner of a big cat sanctuary, threatens to put them out of business, stoking a rivalry that eventually leads to Joe’s arrest for a murder-for-hire plot, and reveals a twisted tale where the only thing more dangerous than a big cat is its owner.

ACCEPTING THE DORIAN:

REBECCA CHAIKLIN, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND CO-DIRECTOR

@rebeccachaiklin

Before helping put the spotlight on the ridiculously eccentric—and not all-there—Joe Exotic, Chaiklin wrote and/or directed meaningful documentaries such as Lockdown, USA (in which Andrew Cuomo, Sean Combs, Ruby Dee and others discuss the movement to end the government’s poorly-executed war on drugs), Another World (about the Occupy Wall Street protests), and the peace-minded Beyond Right ad Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness. Chaiklin is also coproducer of Peter Marino: Beauty and Power, focusing on the revered architect and “best friend” of Andy Warhol and featuring comments from New York fancies like Naomi Campbell, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan and Jeff Koons.

Sources: Netflix; IMDB; GALECA.org.

Best Unsung TV Show: Fangs In for ‘Shadows’ (and Star Harvey Guillén!)

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS: BEST UNSUNG TV SHOW (FX)
 
THE SHOW
@theshadowsfx
What We Do in the Shadows, based on the feature film by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, documents the nightly exploits of vampire roommates Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), Laszlo (Matt Berry) and Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch) as they navigate the modern world of Staten Island with the help of their human familiar, Guillermo (Harvey Guillén). 
 
Over the course of season two, the vampires try to find their way in a world of human Super Bowl parties, internet trolls, an energy vampire who gets a promotion and becomes drunk on power and of course, all the ghosts, witches, necromancers, zombies and shadowy cloaked assassins who roam freely in the Tri-State area. Is Guillermo destined to be a vampire or a vampire hunter? Or maybe just a familiar for the rest of his life?
 
Clement created the series. Clement, Waititi and Paul Simms are Executive Producers with Scott Rudin, Garrett Basch, Eli Bush and Stefani Robinson. What We Do in the Shadows is produced by FX Productions.
 
ACCEPTING THE DORIAN: 
 
HARVEY GUILLÉN, COSTAR
As “Guillermo De La Cruz” 
 
Twitter: @harveyguillen
Instagram: @harveyguillen
 
Harvey Guillén’s acting journey began as a six-year-old watching Annie on TV. He ran over to his mother and said, “I want to be that! I want to be an orphan!” Confused, his mother then explained that those kids were just actors. Guillén’s mother told him in order to be an actor, it would take a lot of money for training—money the financially struggling family did not have. Soon after, Guillén became inspired by a man collecting recyclables out of trash cans to sell to the local recycling center and would go on to do the exact same in order to save for his first acting classes.

Guillén has been a series regular on MTV’s Eye Candy and ABC Family’s Huge. He guest starred in the Apple series Little America, HBO’s Room 104 and Don’t Look Too Deep directed by Catherine Hardwick. He also served as a recurring guest star on season three of NBC’s The Good Place and Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans. As for his film credits, he is best known for his supporting role alongside Vince Vaughn, Rose Byrne and Owen Wilson in The Internship in addition to Netflix’s horror film Truth or Dare. Guillén is the recipient of a GLAAD Award for his work on Raising Hope and produced the award- winning LGBTQ+ web series The Filth

Source: FX

Look Who’s Slaying! ‘Killing Eve’ for Best TV Drama

KILLING EVE: BEST TV DRAMA (AMC / BBC America)
 
THE SHOW
@killingeve
 
The third season of the award-winning drama continues the story of two women with brutal pasts, addicted to each other but now trying desperately to live their lives without their drug of choice. For Villanelle (Jodie Comer), the assassin without a job, Eve (Sandra Oh) is dead. For Eve, the ex-MI6 operative hiding in plain sight, Villanelle will never find her. All seems fine until a shocking and personal death sets them on a collision course yet again. The journey back to each other will cost both of them friends, family, and allegiances…and perhaps a share of their souls.

Stars Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw, Kim Bodnia, Sean Delaney and Owen McDonnell return with new cast additions: Dame Harriet Walter (Succession), Danny Sapani (Harlots), Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones), Camille Cottin (Call My Agent), Steve Pemberton (Inside No. 9), Raj Bajaj (A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding), Turlough Convery (Ready Player One), Pedja Bjelac (Harry Potter) and Evgenia Dodina (One Week and a Day).

Suzanne Heathcote (Fear the Walking Dead) serves as lead writer and executive producer for season three, continuing the tradition of passing the baton to a new female writing voice. Executive producers are Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Gina Mingacci, Damon Thomas, Jeff Melvoin, Suzanne Heathcote and Sandra Oh. Nige Watson also serves as producer on the series. Killing Eve is produced by Sid Gentle Films Ltd. for BBC America and is distributed by Endeavor Content. The series is based on the Codename Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings.

ACCEPTING THE DORIAN: 

SALLY WOODWARD GENTLE, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Twitter: @sidgentlefilms
Instagram: @sidgentle

Gentle is the BAFTA award-winning executive producer of British television dramas such as Any Human Heart, Enid and Whitechapel. She formed Sid Gentle Films Ltd in September 2013 to produce original and innovative television drama and feature films. 

Prior to Sid, Gentle was Creative Director of Carnival Films. In 2010, she appeared in Broadcast’s Power List for women in film and television. With Sally at its creative helm, Carnival won Indie of the Year at the 2011 Televisual Bulldog Awards and Best Indie at the 2012 Broadcast Awards. 

Before joining Carnival, she was the Creative Director for BBC Drama Production following a year as Acting Head of In-House Drama. Prior to that, she was Head of Development for all BBC drama. While at the BBC she worked across a range of high profile output including Tipping the Velvet, Cambridge Spies, Waking the Dead, the first series of the new Dr Who, Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart Mysteries, and the HBO co-production, The House of Saddam. She was also at the center of a remarkable run of new dramas on BBC Four including the BAFTA nominated film Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! 

Gentle was formerly Managing Director of Kudos where she helped originate and executive produce BAFTA-nominated drama series Psychos created by David Wolstencroft for Channel 4. She continued 16 the relationship with David Wolstencroft and oversaw the development of Spooks before leaving for the BBC. 

Since establishing Sid, Gentle has executive produced two seasons of the BAFTA-nominated and ITV ratings hit The Durrells in Corfu with a third in production, as well as Sky Arts equally highly-acclaimed series, Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories. Sally also executive produced SS-GB, the Purvis and Wade (Bond screenplay writers) adaptation of Len Deighton’s classic thriller that aired on BBC one in February 2017. 

SUZANNE HEATHCOTE, WRITER AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

#SuzanneHeathcote

Heathcote is a British writer and actor based in the United States. Her writing career began at the Royal Court Theatre, where she attended the Young Writers Program and Advanced Writers Group. Her first play Concrete Fairgrounds, was selected as part of the Royal Court Young Writers Festival and The New Year New Futures Festival at the Traverse Theatre. 

 
Her plays have been developed internationally by Nabokov Theatre, New York Stage and Film and Interplay Australia. She has been a recipient of the New York Stage and Film Founders Award, the BBC Carleton Hobbs Award, a resident playwright for The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, and a member of the Ars Nova Play Group. 
 
In television, Heathcote has been a writer/producer for several dramas in development at HBO, was an Executive Story Editor for AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead, was a writer/producer for Steven Knight’s Apple+ adventure See starring Jason Mamoa, and an upcoming project with singer Sara Bareilles, also for Apple+.
 
FIONA SHAW, COSTAR
As “Carolyn Martens”
Twitter: @thefionashaw
Instagram: @#fionashaw
 
Ireland-born Fiona Shaw stars in Killing Eve as Carolyn Martens, a lead MI6 agent who recruits Eve (Sandra Oh) to track down a psychopathic female assassin. 
 
Shaw, currently on screen alongside TK in the lesbian romance Ammonite, was appointed as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2001 for her contribution to film and drama. Also known for her turn as TK in the Harry Potter movies, she costars with Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill in the imminent steampunk adventure Enola Holmes and headlines November’s horror-mystery Kindred with rising star Jack Lowden (of the 2016 miniseries version of War & Peace).
 
In film, she has worked with a number of international directors, including Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot), Bob Raffelson (Mountains of the Moon), Brian DePalma (The Black Dahlia), Franco Zeffirelli (Jane Eyre), Neil Jordan (The Butcher Boy), Terrence Malick (The Tree off Life), and Craig Macneill, the young director of Lizzie. She was also seen alongside Kate Beckinsale in Colette.
 
She is also known for her comedy performances in Three Men and a Little Lady, Super Mario Bros., and Undercover Blues. 
 
In TV, she is known in the for her television performance as the villainess witch Marnie Stonebrook on HBO’s True Blood. 
 
One of the foremost artists of the London stage, Shaw has led a number of major productions in London and New York, including Medea (London and Broadway, Tony® Nomination), Happy Days (BAM), The Ancient Mariner (BAM), and The Testament of Mary (Broadway). She was awarded a Drama Desk Award for The Waste Land, performed in a disused theater on 42nd Street. 
 
In London, she has played in many iconic productions, such as As You Like it (Olivier Award winner), Hedda Gabler (London Critics Award winner), The Taming of the Shrew, Machinal (for which she won the Olivier for Best Actress and Evening Standard Award), and Electra (Olivier Award winner). With the National Theatre in London, she performed the controversial Richard II, The Good Person of Setzwan (Olivier Award), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Way of the World, Mother Courage, London Assurance and Scenes from an Execution. 
 
Shaw lives in London and New York. 
 
Sources: AMC Networks; Sid Gentle; IMDB (Carol Ziegler for Suzanne Heathcote); GALECA.org

‘Watchmen’: Damon Lindelof, Regina King & More Celebrate Their Double-Winner

Accepting the Dorian for Best TV Movie/Limited Series & Most Visually Striking TV Show Were . . .

WATCHMEN: BEST TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES, MOST VISUALLY STRIKING TV SHOW (HBO)
 
THE SHOW 
@watchmen
 
Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own.
 
Regina King leads the cast as Angela Abar, who wears two masks; one as a lead detective in The Tulsa Police Force and another as wife and mother of three. The cast also includes Jeremy Irons as the Lord of a Country Estate; Don Johnson as Judd Crawford, Tulsa Chief of Police; Jean Smart as FBI Agent Laurie Blake; Tim Blake Nelson as Detective Looking Glass; Louis Gossett Jr. as Will Reeves; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Cal Abar; Tom Mison as Mr. Phillips; Frances Fisher as Jane Crawford and Sara Vickers as Ms. Crookshanks. Additional cast include Hong Chau as Lady Trieu, the mysterious trillionaire, Andrew Howard, Jacob Ming-Trent, Dylan Schombing and James Wolk.
 
DAMON LINDELOF, SHOW CREATOR AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
 
@damonlindelof
 
Despite being advised that his brain would rot, Damon Lindelof spent the majority of his childhood watching television.  After a brief flirtation with movies by way of a film degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Damon hopped in his car and traveled west.
 
Treating Los Angeles as a de facto Grad School, Damon worked for a literary agency, Paramount Studios, and finally as a creative executive for producer Alan Ladd Jr. before reminding himself that his true passion was TV. Shedding his suit and tie for a T-Shirt and Birkenstocks, Damon took a job as a writer’s assistant on Kevin Williamson’s ABC Drama Wasteland.Shortly thereafter, fortune smiled upon him and he was made a staff writer.
 
Damon went on to write for CBS staple Nash Bridges and NBC’s drama Crossing Jordan, where he wrote and produced for three seasons. Then Damon got Lost. Within twelve weeks of complete insanity, he and co-creator J.J. Abrams managed to make a completely weird, ridiculously untenable and vastly expensive pilot for ABC that centered on the survivors of a plane crash in the South Pacific. Despite this, Lost won a Golden Globe and Emmy Award for “Best Television Series” and “Best Drama” in its freshmen season.
 
After the conclusion of Lost, Damon transitioned to film where we co-wrote and produced two Star Trek movies, and co-wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of the comic series Cowboys & Aliens.  He also co-wrote the screenplays for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland.
 
In 2013, he co-created the television series The Leftovers, and served as showrunner and executive producer throughout the show’s three seasons. In addition to overseeing Watchmen, he recently wrote and produced the satirical big-screen thriller The Hunt, starring Betty Gilpin, Hillary Swank and Emma Roberts. 
 
REGINA KING, STAR
As “Angela Abar” 
 
Twitter: @reginaking
Instagram: @iamreginaking
 
With her down-to-earth beauty and winning personality, Regina King—a Dorian nominee for best TV actress for Watchmen and a Dorian film best-actress winner for If Beale Street Could Talk—could have made a career out of playing wives of leading men Eddie Murphy, Will Smith and Cuba Gooding, Jr., as she did in films like Daddy Day CareEnemy of the State and Jerry Maguire. But her talents and outsize personality were destined to break out sooner or later. And sure enough, King stole the show with memorable supporting roles in Legally Blond 2 and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Dangerous.
 
It was her turn as R&B legend Ray Charles’ backup singer and lover, Margie Hendricks, in the acclaimed Ray that earned the actress considerable praise and recognition, leading to higher profile work and a regular role on the sixth season of 24. From there, King worked regularly both in features and on television, earning acclaim for her performances in the quirky indie comedy Year of the Dog and the Lifetime movie Living Proof, while voicing multiple characters on the animated series The Boondocks. Building on her exposure from 24, King was cast in a leading role for the gritty cop drama, Southland, which earned the actress further critical praise while cementing her status as a talented and versatile performer.
 
King garnered further praise and recognition for her acting in American Crime, a critically claimed anthology series on ABC. King earned two Emmy Awards for her performance in the show. The Netflix crime drama Seven Seconds also drew more critical praise for King’s acting and earned her another Emmy.
 
She starred in If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to the globally acclaimed Moonlight. Her portrayal of Sharon Rivers in the romantic drama earned King her first Academy Award® win.
 
King is the recipient of various other accolades, including a Golden Globe Award and three Primetime Emmy Awards. Time magazine named King one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2019.

KRISTIAN MILSTED, PRODUCTION DESIGNER

Twitter: @MilstedKristian
Instagram: @babazinzi
Professional website 

Previous to helping bring Watchmen’s stunning and fantastical look to life, the London-based Milsted previously worked as a production designer for such television series as Secret Diary of a Call Girl and the Dorian-winning Killing Eve. His jobs have taken him from Barbados to Spain to Jordan. His most recent movie credit: The Duke, a stylish crime tale with Helen Mirren, Matthew Goode and Jim Broadbent about the theft of Goya masterpiece from a London museum in 1961. 

GREGORY MIDDLETON, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Twitter@middlecam
Instagram: @middlecam
Professional website

The Canadian Middleton is an ace at helping put moods, tones and gorgeous images to film. Before working with Milsted, special effects experts and other cinematographers on Watchmen (whom he notes in his Dorian Award acceptance video), Middleton photographed TV hits like Psych and Kyle XY as well as episodes of such popular and vivid series as Smallville, Fringe, The Killing, Wayward Pines and Game of Thrones. His next big-screen credit as cinematographer comes next month via A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting, a family horror-comedy featuring Pose breakout Indya Moore. 

Sources: HBO; ©2020 AAE Speakers Bureau. All rights reserved; GALECA.org.


This Just In: ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ Triumphs

LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER: Best Current Affairs Show (HBO)
THE SHOW
Instagram: @#johnoliverlastweektonight

With so much crazy news flying at us, it’s great to know that HBO recently renewed our Dorian winner for Best  Current Affairs Show for three more seasons—through 2023.

“For the past seven years, John and his incredibly talented team have taken on topics that are both in the public mind and off the beaten path, always managing to shed new light on these subjects with intelligence and searing humor,” said HBO honcho Casey Bloys in a statement. “We are beyond thrilled to continue this relationship for three more years.”

“We’re all extremely happy to be able to continue to do our show on HBO for another three years, or until the end of the world, whichever comes first,” stated Oliver himself.

Presenting a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events, as well as shining a light on issues big and small as the U.S. heads toward a pivotal 2020 Presidential Election, the Emmy®-winning show airs Sundays at 11 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

The series, which is currently on hiatus until September 27, is available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.

The program is the only weekly news-oriented comedy series to be presented on Sunday night. Taped in New York, the show features Oliver’s topical commentary. The series has received a staggering 16 Emmys® since its premiere in 2014.

JOHN OLIVER
Twitter: @iamjohnoliver

Popular Comedian and Celebrity Speaker John Oliver is an English political satirist who hosts his own television show, writes his own comedy as a stand up comedian and co-hosts and writes podcasts. He is currently the host of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver which airs weekly on HBO.

Celebrity Speaker John Oliver worked on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart beginning in 2006 as its Senior British Correspondent and continued his work until 2013. He was awarded the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing three times, in 2009, 2011 and 2012. In 2013, Jon Stewart was out for eight weeks while directing a movie. Because of this, John Oliver guest-hosted The Daily Show during that time. He was so successful as a guest-host that HBO gave him his own television show just three months later.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is a satirical late night talk show that covers politics and current events. Before creating his show, John was working on a weekly satirical comedy podcast called The Bulge with Andy Zaltzman, which has about 500,000 downloads per week. John’s other radio work with Zaltzman includes the podcasts Political Animal and The Department.

When he isn’t hosting his late night television show or creating podcasts, John’s thrives in stand-up comedy. He hosted John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, which last four seasons and ran from 2010-2013. It appears on Comedy Central and includes other stand-up comedians as well as himself. Recently John has tried his hand at acting, guest starring in roles such as Dr. Ian Duncan in Community, Felix Pardiggle in Bleak House, and as Booth-Wilkes John in The Simpsons. As far as the big screen goes, John appeared in The Love Guru and voiced a character in The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2 films.

Sources: HBO, Celebrity Speakers Bureau.

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