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Strong Presence of LGBT Community in 2016 Oscar Nominations

Posted on: January 25, 2016

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ recently announced the Oscar nominees for the 88th Academy Awards. Below is a list of LGBT (or portraying LGBT) nominees for this year’s awards:

-Lady Gaga and Sam Smith will compete for Best Original Song
-Mark Ruffalo, Human Rights Campaign supporter was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Spotlight
-Mara will compete against Alicia Vikander, who was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Danish Girl
-Eddie Redmayne was nominated for Best Actor for The Danish Girl
-American for Marriage Equality supporter Bryan Cranston was nominated for Best Actor for Trumbo
Carol, a film about a same-sex couple in the 1950s, received four nomiinations for Best Score, Cinematography, Costume Design and Best Adapted Screenplay
-Cate Blanchett was nominated for Best Actress and Rooney Mara for Best Supporting Actress for their roles in Carol

It has been an incredible year for LGBT storytelling and talented LGBT/Allied actors and actresses, however many believe that there is lack of color/diversity within the nominees of the acting categories. Eddie Redmayne, a white straight man, was nominated for playing a trans woman in The Danish Girl, while Oscar hopeful Mya Taylor who actually is a trans woman (of color), was snubbed for Best Supporting Actress for the groundbreaking independent film Tangerine. Some also believe that Todd Haynes’ lesbian-themed drama Carol, featuring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, was snubbed for a Best Picture nomination.

The 88th Academy Awards will air on February 28 at 5:40 pm PST on ABC.

What are your thoughts on this year’s nominations? Does Carol’s best picture snub mean that pop culture is not ready for LGBT contentment?

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