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Dorian Film Awards: Chloe Zhao and 'Nomadland' Win Top Honors From LGBTQ Entertainment Critics

Carey Mulligan and the late Chadwick Boseman were recognized for their performances in 'Promising Young Woman' and 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.'

Chloe Zhao was recognized as best director for Nomadland at the Dorian Film Awards on Sunday, hosted by GALECA; the Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics. The drama also nabbed the coveted best film honor.

"Nomadland is about a woman who goes on a journey of grief and healing and ultimately of self-discovery and self-acceptance," said Zhao as she accepted the directing trophy, adding that the award was "deeply meaningful" to her as the film speaks to society facing tough times.

Elsewhere, best LGBTQ film went to musical drama Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, while its lead actor, the late Chadwick Boseman, won for his performance. Co-star Colman Domingo accepted the award on Boseman's behalf, calling the actor "such an incredible human, scholar, humanitarian, and a really wonderful actor." He added, "Creating complex roles about the African-American experience, and about people who are marginalized in society and trying to stand up and have a strong voice, fighting for representation—that is Chadwick Boseman's legacy."

Carey Mulligan won best actress for Promising Young Woman, and Emerald Fennell was awarded best screenplay for the revenge thriller. "I’m just so happy that (the film) has resonated, and I’m so grateful to (Fennell) for inviting me along for the ride," said Mulligan in an acceptance video.

Judas and the Black Messiah star Daniel Kaluuya won best supporting actor, noting that he was glad that more people were learning about what his character Fred Hampton "stood for, what he believed, and what he did for the Black community and the community at large. I really hope that he continues to live on in everyone's hearts and minds."

Minari's Yuh-Jung Youn won best supporting actress, while the film earned best foreign language film. Lee Isaac Chung's drama follows a Korean family who move to Arkansas in search of the American dream.

The Wilde artist award, which spotlights a "groundbreaking force" in entertainment, was given to Dolly Parton in a category that included Elliot Page, Zhao, Regina King and Boseman.

All the winners were revealed in a Dorians Film Toast 2021 special, which aired on queer streaming platform Revry. The show was hosted by Karel, with presenters including Cynthia Nixon, Jharrel Jerome, Rosanna Arquette and Margaret Cho.

A nonprofit organization, GALECA was launched in 2009 to recognize both mainstream and LGBTQ-centered film and television content. Its 250-plus members are all active critics and journalists.

View the complete list of winners below.

Best Film
Nomadland (WINNER)
First Cow
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal

Best LGBTQ Film
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (WINNER)
I Carry You With Me
Uncle Frank
The Boys in the Band

Best Foreign Language Film
Minari (WINNER)
Another Round
I Carry You With Me
La Llorona
Two of Us

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

Best Screenplay (original or adapted)
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman (WINNER)
Chloe Zhao, Nomadland
Eliza Hittman, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Radha Blank, The Forty-Year-Old Version

Best Unsung Film
The Forty Year Old Version (WINNER)
First Cow
Miss Juneteenth
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
The Assistant

Best Documentary
Welcome to Chechnya (tie WINNER)
Disclosure (tie WINNER)
Crip camp
Dick Johnson is Dead

Best LGBTQ Documentary
Disclosure (tie WINNER)
Welcome to Chechnya (tie WINNER)
A Secret Love
Born to Be
Mucho Mucho amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado

Best Film Performance — Actress
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman (WINNER)
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Nicole Beharie, Miss Juneteenth
Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Best Film Performance — Actor
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (WINNER)
Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Delroy Lindo, Da 5 Bloods
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Steven Yeun, Minari

Best Film Performance — Supporting Actress
Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari (WINNER)
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Candice Bergen, Let Them All Talk
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Olivia Colman, The Father

Best Film Performance — Supporting Actor
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah (WINNER)
Chadwick Boseman, Da 5 Bloods
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
Nomadland (WINNER)
Birds of Prey: and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

Campiest Flick
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (WINNER)
Bad Hair
Birds of Prey: and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
The Prom
Wonder Woman 1984

"We're Wilde About You!" Rising Star Award
Radha Blank (WINNER)
Alan s. Kim
Kingsley Ben-adir
Maria Bakalova
Sidney Flanigan

Wilde Artist Award
Dolly Parton (WINNER)
(to a truly groundbreaking force in entertainment)
Chadwick Boseman
Chloe Zhao
Elliot Page
Regina King


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