Carol, a perennial bridesmaid during the awards season, has finally won a major gong.
The 2015 drama, which was nominated for six Oscars, five Golden Globes and nine BAFTAs, has been named the best LGBT film of all time.
In the first major critical survey of LGBT movies, more than 100 film experts including critics, writers and programmers voted for the Top 30 LGBT Films of All Time to mark the 30th anniversary of BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival.
Carol, based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt, stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two women who develop an intimate relationship.
The film edged out Andrew Haigh’s 2011 film Weekend, with the acclaimed 1997 Hong Kong romance Together third.
Director Todd Haynes said the festival had long supported his work, from Poison and Dottie Gets Spanked in the early 1990s through to Carol.
“I’m so proud to have Carol voted as the top LGBT film of all time in this poll launched for the festival’s 30th edition.
“Carol is in illustrious company with so many films I love, from Brokeback Mountain and Un Chant d’ Amour to Happy Together and My Own Private Idaho.”
The top ten films chosen:
1. Carol (Todd Hayes, USA 2015)
2. Weekend (Andrew Haigh, UK 2011)
3. Happy Together (Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong / Japan / South Korea 1997)
4. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, USA / Canada 2005)
5. Paris Is Burning (Jennie Livingston, USA 1990)
6. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand / France / Germany / Italy 2004)
7. My Beautiful Laundrette (Stephen Frears, UK 1985)
8. All About My Mother (Pedro Almodóvar, Spain / France 1999)
9. Un Chant d’Amour (Jean Genet, France 1950)
10. My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant, USA 1991)
Click here to see BFI’s full list of the Top 30 LGBT Films of All Time.