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Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association names '12 Years a Slave' best film

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The critically acclaimed ’12 Years a Slave’ and its cast has already received numerous accolades and has taken home trophies from the Critics’ Choice, the Golden Globes and SAG and received nine Academy Award nominations – including best picture, and yesterday was named by the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association(GALECA) as best film of the year.

Comprised of more than 80 professional American and foreign entertainment journalists, GALECA’s Dorian Awards are named in honor of Oscar Wilde and his novel, “The Picture of Dorian Gray.”

The Dorian Award for Film Performance of the Year Actor went to Matthew McConaughey for his mesmerizing role as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club, while Cate Blanchett took the actress award for her outstanding performance in Woody Allen’s dark comedy Blue Jasmine, but it was James Franco who won the Wilde Artist of the Year.

French lesbian romance Blue is the Warmest Color was honored in two categories: best Foreign Language Film of the Year and LGBT Film of the Year.

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s deeply moving Bridegroom won the documentary of the year award.

Other film categories include Unsung Film of the Year, that was a tie between Kill Your Darlings – in which Danield Radcliffe plays a young Allen Ginsberg and Short Term 12, that is a heart rendering drama about a foster care facility, that stars Brie Larson.

Gravity picked up the Visually Striking Film honours, while Pedro Almodovar’s I’m So Excited! took the Campy Flick honors.

Not only films were honored, but also TV shows and personalities.

Comedy/crime drama Orange Is the New Black tied with HBO's Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabrafor the TV drama of the year award.

Michael Douglas won the TV actor award for Behind the Candelabra, while Jessica Lange won her third consecutive Dorian Award for her role in American Horror Story: Coven, the show also walked away with the title of Campy TV Show of the Year.

Orange also was named LGBT drama of the year, and Laverne Cox who plays the role of a transgender woman in the TV show received "We're Wilde About You" Rising Star Award.

HBO's Girls won TV comedy of the year, while Getting On received the award for Unsung TV Show.

GALECA named Lily Tomlin the recipient of its special “Timeless Star Tribute,” that is given to “an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit.”

Complete list of Galeca/Dorian 2013 winners:

  • Film of the Year: 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)
  • Film Performance of the Year – Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Film Performance of the Year – Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
  • LGBT Film of the Year: Blue is the Warmest Color
  • Foreign Language Film of the Year: Blue is the Warmest Color (IFC)
  • Documentary of the Year: Bridegroom
  • Campy Flick of the Year: I’m So Excited! (Sony Classics)
  • Unsung Film of the Year: Short Term 12 and Kill Your Darlings (tie)
  • Visually Striking Film of the Year (honoring a production of stunning beauty, from art direction to cinematography): Gravity (WB)
  • TV Drama of the Year: Behind the Candelabra (HBO) and Orange is the New Black (Netflix) (tie)
  • TV Comedy of the Year: Girls (HBO)
  • TV Performance of the Year – Actor: Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra (HBO)
  • TV Performance of the Year – Actress: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven (FX)
  • TV Musical Performance of the Year: Shirley Bassey, “Goldfinger,” 82nd Academy Awards (CBS)
  • LGBT TV Show of the Year: Orange is the New Black (Netflix)
  • Campy TV Show of the Year: American Horror Story: Coven (FX)
  • Unsung TV Show of the Year: Getting On (HBO)
  • The We’re Wilde About You (Rising Star Award): Laverne Cox
  • Wilde Wit of the Year (honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse): Rachel Maddow
  • Wilde Artist of the Year (honoring a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theater and/or television): James Franco
  • Timeless Award (to an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit): Lily Tomlin

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