Nathan Lane receives “Timeless Star” career achievement honor from Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics has named theatre, film, and television actor Nathan Lane their 2022-23 Timeless Star, honoring an entertainer “whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom, and wit”. Lane recently starred on Broadway in Sharr White’s Pictures from Home and can currently be seen in US theaters in Ari Aster’s Beau is Afraid.

Nathan Lane and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett in Angels in America on Broadway. Photo: Brinkhoff-Moegenburg.

Among many other accolades for his stage work, Lane has received six Tony nominations, going on to win for his roles in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Producers, and Angels in America. Reprising the role of Max Bialystock in the film adaptation of The Producers saw Lane nominated for a Golden Globe, while his memorable turn in The Birdcage also got a Golden Globe nod, along with a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nomination for Supporting Actor and SAG Award win for the movie’s ensemble cast. Last year, Lane won a Primetime Emmy for his guest starring role in Only Murders in the Building, having previously been nominated for six other guest star Emmys for his work on Frasier, Mad About You, Modern Family, and The Good Wife. Lane serves on Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Board of Trustees and has received honors from the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, The Trevor Project, and the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Nathan Lane, Hank Azaria, and Robin Williams in The Birdcage (1996) directed by Mike Nichols.

Previous GALECA Timeless Star recipients include Rita Moreno, Ian McKellen, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Leslie Jordan, John Waters, George Takei, Meryl Streep, Harvey Fierstein, Betty White, Catherine O’Hara, Cloris Leachman, and Angela Lansbury.

“My great thanks to the members of GALECA for this lovely honor”, responded Lane to the news. “I assume being a Timeless Star means my career has stood the test of time, and not that I don’t wear a watch?! Because I’m actually very punctual, an important part of being a professional! Seriously, thanks so much for thinking of me, and much love.”

Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in The Producers directed by Susan Stroman (2005). Photo credit: Paul Kolnik.

“Nathan Lane is an icon of stage and screen, a master of both drama and comedy, and GALECA is proud to recognize him for an undeniable career as one of the great forces in entertainment,” commented GALECA President, Diane Anderson-Minshall. “The rare talent who is appreciated across multiple generations and genre fans, Nathan is beloved for showing more than a hint of color in modern-day film classics like The Birdcage, taking on daunting Broadway roles like true-life figure Roy Cohn in 2018’s revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, and helping make Hulu’s mystery-comedy Only Murders in the Building so binge-worthy.”

Nathan Lane in Only Murders in the Building. Photo credit: Craig Blankenhorn/Hulu.

Via their Dorian Awards, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics members have voted on their favorites in film and television, mainstream to LGBTQ+, since 2009. The organization will also honor New York stage productions with its inaugural annual Dorian Theater Awards, with winners to be announced June 1st, 2023.

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