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GALECA announces inaugural Dorian TV award winners
2020-09-21

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Hugh Jackman, Janelle Monae, Billy Porter, John Oliver and Schitt's Creek creator-star Dan Levy, plus stars and producers of Killing Eve and Watchmen, offered heartfelt thanks as they virtually accepted awards—and were treated to a symbolic raise of the glass—from GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics during the group's first TV special Sept. 13.

The Dorians TV Toast 2020—a recorded two-hour program hosted by opinionated talk-radio figure Karel and airing on the LGBTQ+ streaming platform Revry—was a hybrid of awards and chat/variety shows.

Presenters included actor Josh Thomas ( Freeform's Everything's Gonna Be Okay ), Alex Newell ( of NBC's hit Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist ), comic actresses Margaret Cho and Lea DeLaria, Hollywood wit Bruce Vilanch and RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars champ Chad Michaels.

Watchmen star Regina King—a nominee for the miniseries and a previous Dorian film award winner for If Beale Street Could Talk—thanked the Society for "not one but two Dorian Awards. Love it, Love it!"

Monae—accepting her joint-win with singer-actor Billy Porter for Best TV Musical Performance for their duet at the start of last February's Academy Awards—said the experience of performing that night "was a dream" and that, when it came to asking Porter to join her, "There was no other person I could think about sharing that stage with."

Jackman won Best TV Performance—Actor for his portrayal of a true-life public school embezzler in HBO's Bad Education. The actor thanked GALECA, his director and co-stars ( including Rafael Casal, who played Jackman's character's lover ), said his Dorian award "really, really means a lot ... [making Education] was just one of those incredible experiences. This is just icing on the cake."

The full list of contenders, across 14 categories, can be found at DoriansToast.com . For more about GALECA, see GALECA.org .


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