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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

A Lesbian and a Transgender: Front and Center in the 2016 Oscar Awards Season




The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) have released their nominations today and I'm really glad that they embraced two small movies which are very close to the heart of the LGBT community.
These SAG nominations should help these actors garner the more prestigious Oscar nominations - and with an Oscar nomination - these movies get the whole world talking about them and their unique stories.
I feel it's time people talk about the lives of gays and lesbians and transgenders. For these characters to take centerstage and to actually carry a film is a big step since 2005's Brokeback Mountain.
The last lesbian role I could think of that won the Oscar Best Actress was Charlize Theron in Monster. Cate Blanchett should be a shoo-in in the same category for the movie Carol, a girl-on-girl tale set in the 50s and well Cate and Rooney Mara, nominated for Best Supporting Actress don't really look like the stereotypical tibo we are used to. But this movie is set in the 1950s, so it's quite understandable.
Actors playing gay roles have won and been nominated many many times in the past. It's been one of the more sure ways to snag a nomination - if you do the role properly. William Hurt won the Oscar Best Actor for Kiss of the Spiderwoman and Dustin Hoffman dressed up as a woman in Tootsie and got a well-deserved nomination.
Well, the SAG nominated last year's Oscar winner Eddy Redmayne for Best Actor for The Danish Girl. New ingenue Alicia Vikander also got a Best Supporting Actress nomination.
So a transgender and a lesbian will be two of the talking points for the 2016 Oscar awards season. I really hope The Danish Girl and Carol make it to the Best Picture nominees.
Knowing how many gay people there are working in the Hollywood movie industry, I hope they rank either of the 2 as their number one choice, so it gives these two LGBT-themed movies more chances for a Best Picture nomination.

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