I’m Selina, Awards Circuit’s queer Girl Friday for everything LGBTQIA+ on film and TV! This week seems to be the week of awards and awards nominations, as AFI announced some of their picks for the best in film and TV, while the WGA and the Golden Globes announced their official nominations for next year’s ceremonies. (Prediction: “The Favourite,” which won ten awards at this week’s British Independent Film Awards this week, will be adding even more to their mountain of accolades very soon.) Here’s a roundup of all the LGBTQIA+ stories, characters and actors who received nominations, awards, or both in the past few days, just in case you missed ’em.
“The Favourite” Picks Up Multiple Awards At BIFA
First up this week were the annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), where Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” won a whopping ten awards. The lesbian period drama received accolades for Best British Independent Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay sponsored by BBC Films, along with wins for lead actress Olivia Colman and supporting actress Rachel Weisz. The five awards were added to the additional five the film won the accompanying craft awards announced earlier, which included Best Casting, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup & Hair Design and Best Production Design.
The lesbian period drama follows a weak Queen Anne whose “favourite” and “close” friend Lady Sarah (Weisz) secretly rules over Great Britain in the queen’s stead. But when new servant and Lady Sarah’s cousin, Abigail (Emma Stone) comes into the picture, the ladies are soon vying for the hand (and country) of the sapphic monarch. This is one of Fox Searchlight’s most critically acclaimed films with a good box office showing to boot, and has been raking in praise and golden statues since the Venice Film Festival. Winning so many precursor awards in the race to the Oscars can signal good returns there. The fact that the film, a lesbian period drama based solely on the relationships between three women, is quickly becoming such a huge contender is an exciting prospect. Do you think “The Favourite” could race its way to a Best Picture Oscar?
AFI Top Tens of Film And TV Highlight LGBTQIA+ Stories
Next up is the American Film Institute’s (AFI) annual Top Ten lists of the best films and TV shows of 2018, which featured box office and viewership hits like “Black Panther” to some of the lesser known stars of the year, like “First Reformed.” In an encouraging move, AFI’s Top Ten for TV included “Pose,” a rookie series that’s based on the drag ball scene of 1980s New York and specifically places queer and trans voices at the heart of the series, from the writers room, to the director’s chair, to behind the camera. Critically acclaimed darling “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” based on the late gay fashion designer Gianni Versace, and “This Is Us,” NBC’s family drama that features queer characters William and Tess, also earned places in the top ten.
AFI’s Top Ten in film, a precursor that will probably be playing a part in the Oscars race, included two LGBTQIA+ stories, with “The Favourite” picking up yet another award alongside “A Star Is Born” (I’ll explain why I count “A Star Is Born” as LGBTQIA+ content later). All in all, a great showing for LGBTQIA+ stories, with most earning critical praise, box office dough and major TV ratings in 2018. Exciting times, y’all.
All the film and TV winners were picked via jury voting by AFI Trustees, scholars, artists and critics, who pick programs that are “deemed culturally and artistically significant,” according to Deadline. The winners will be honored Jan. 4 at the annual luncheon in L.A.
Rainbow Highlights of WGA Awards TV Nominations
We continue our week of awards nominations with the Writers Guild of America (WGA), which released its nominations for the best in TV right now. Winners will be announced Feb. 17 at the WGA Awards, which will hold concurrent ceremonies in L.A. and New York. See the full list of TV nominees here (we have to wait until Jan. 7 for the film nominees).
As I was hoping, FX’s “Pose” got a nomination for Best New Series, while Netflix’s “GLOW,” which featured a queer love story in Season 2, got a nod for Comedy Series alongside NBC’s “The Good Place,” which features bisexual main character Eleanor (Kristen Bell).
Here’s the list of LGBTQIA+ centric stories acknowledged in the WGA nominations:
Drama Series: “Handmaid’s Tale,” written by Yahlin Chang, Nina Fiore, Dorothy Fortenberry, John Herrera, Lynn Renee Maxcy, Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder, Eric Tuchman; Hulu
- “The Good Place,” written by Megan Amram, Christopher Encell, Kate Gersten, Cord Jefferson, Andrew Law, Joe Mande, Kassia Miller, Dylan Morgan, Matt Murray, Rae Sanni, Daniel Schofield, Michael Schur, Josh Siegal, Jen Statsky, Tyler Staessle; NBC
- “GLOW,” written by Liz Flahive, Tara Herrmann, Nick Jones, Jenji Kohan, Carly Mensch, Marquita Robinson, Kim Rosenstock, Sascha Rothchild, Rachel Shukert; Netflix
- “Pose,” Written by Steven Canals, Brad Falchuk, Todd Kubrak, Janet Mock, Ryan Murphy, Our Lady J; FX Networks
- “Haunting of Hill House,” Written by Meredith Averill, Charise Castro Smith, Mike Flanagan, Jeff Howard, Rebecca Leigh Klingel, Scott Kosar, Liz Phang; Netflix
Long Form, Adapted: “The Assassination of Gianna Versace: American Crime Story,” writers: Maggie Cohn, Tom Rob Smith, Based on the book Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth; FX Networks
Episodic Drama: “The Car” from “This Is Us”, written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger; NBC
“First Blood” from “Handmaid’s Tale,” written by Eric Tuchman; Hulu
Episodic Comedy: “Who Knows Better Than I” from “Orange is the New Black,” written by Jenji Kohan, Netflix
Children’s Episodic and Specials: “For The Last Time from “Andi Mack,” written by Jonathan S. Hurwitz; Disney Channel
Rainbow Highlights of The Golden Globe Nominations
And finally, the news you’ve been waiting for: the Golden Globe nominations are here and oh so very queer.
Lesbian period drama “The Favourite” is up for a stunning five nominations, including Best Picture (Comedy or Musical), Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical (Olivia Colman), Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz), and Best Screenplay. “A Star Is Born” tied for five with nods for Best Picture (Drama), Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Director (Cooper again), Best Actress (Lady Gaga), and Best Original Song for “Shallow.” It should be noted that all of “Star’s” nominations are in the drama category, signaling that the film is vying for serious recognition as a dramatic piece, rather than the typical musical route.
The Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and its star, Rami Malek, also snapped up noms for Best Picture and Best Actor (Drama), while “Boy Erased” also got a Best Actor (Drama) nod for star Lucas Hedges and its song “Revelation.”
If your interest is piqued, I’ve rounded up all the LGBTQIA+ Golden Globe nominations in one list, all of which either have an LGBTQIA+ storyline, character or actor. Read on below.
- Best Picture (Drama): “Bohemian Rhapsody”
- Best Picture (Drama): “A Star Is Born”*
- Best Picture (Comedy or Musical): “The Favourite”
- Best Actor (Drama): Lucas Hedges, “Boy Erased”
- Best Actor (Drama): Bradley Cooper, “A Star is Born”
- Best Actor (Drama): Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
- Best Actress (Drama): Lady Gaga, “A Star is Born”
- Best Actress (Comedy or Musical): Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
- Best Supporting Actress (Comedy or Musical): Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”
- Best Supporting Actress (Comedy or Musical): Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
- Best Director: Bradley Cooper, “A Star is Born”
- Best Screenplay: “The Favourite”
- Best Original Song: “Revelation,” “Boy Erased”
- Best Original Song: “Shallow,” “A Star is Born”
- Best TV Series (Comedy): “The Good Place”
- Best TV Series (Drama): “Killing Eve”
- Best TV Series (Drama): “Pose”
- Best TV Movie or Limited Series: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
- Best TV Movie or Limited Series: “A Very English Scandal”
- Best Actress in a TV Series (Musical or Comedy): Kristen Bell, “The Good Place”
- Best Actress in a TV Series (Musical or Comedy): Debra Messing, “Will & Grace”
- Best Actor in a TV Series (Drama): Billy Porter, “Pose”
- Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama): Sanda Oh, “Killing Eve”
- Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie: Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianna Versace: American Crime Story”
- Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie: Hugh Grant, “A Very English Scandal”
- Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie: Edgar Ramirez, “The Assassination of Gianna Versace: American Crime Story”
- Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie: Ben Whishaw, “A Very English Scandal”
- Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie: Penelope Cruz, “The Assassination of Gianna Versace: American Crime Story”
*: I’m counting “A Star Is Born” as a queer film because of a) the love the LGBTQIA+ community already has for the film, b) Lady Gaga, and c) Shangela and Willam.