Dorian Awards: Chloe Zhao, ‘Nomadland’ Win Top Honors from LGBTQ Critics

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Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Trilby Beresford on April 18, 2021.

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.” …

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