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Gay Oscars: 10 LGBT People Who Could Win Academy Awards in 20175 min read

LGBT 2017 Academy Award Predictions

Despite what Sam Smith may have said at last year’s Oscars, a fairly large number of LGBTQ-identifying individuals have won Academy Awards in the past. So with the awards campaigning just beginning to fire up, we look at the figures who could join past winners like Elton John, Dustin Lance Black, and Jodie Foster as LGBT+ Oscar winners.

But will they win, or will it be #oscarssostraight? Find out on February 26, 2017…


1. Tom Ford

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Tom Ford at 2009 Venice Film Festival. Photo by Nicogenin (Courtesy Flickr/WikiCommons – distributed under a CC-SA 2.0 licence)

The fashion designer is getting Best Director buzz for ‘Nocturnal Animals’. Starring Amy Adams, it the story of an art gallery owner haunted by her ex-husband.

After his previous film ‘A Single Man’ received multiple nominations, Ford, who married his partner Richard Buckley in secret sometime before April 2014, will be hoping to push ‘Nocturnal Animals’ into the light of Oscar glory this year.

2. Pedro Almodovar

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Pedro Almodovar at 1988 Venice Film Festival.

The legendary Spanish director, who has previously won both Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Language at the Oscars, will be hoping for a repeat of the latter with ‘Julieta’, his sumptuous look at a woman dealing with her separation from her daughter.

With his last win more than a decade ago, is it time that the Academy say ‘hola’ to Almodovar again?

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3. Cynthia Nixon

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Cynthia Nixon, John Hurt and Swooshie Kurtz at 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

The lesbian actress, best known for Miranda in ‘Sex and the City’, takes a stab at Oscars success with ‘A Quiet Passion’, where she plays a woman many scholars believe may have been a lesbian, the poet Emily Dickinson.

A win on February 28 2017 would the see the actress and LGBT+ rights campaigner gain enter the echelon of so-called ‘EGOT’ winners, with Nixon previously having won a Tony, a Grammy, and a Primetime Emmy.

4. Kristen Stewart

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Vonnie (Kristen Stewart) and Bobby (Jesse Eisenberg) in CAFÉ SOCIETY

The star, who came out earlier in 2016, has gone from mumbling ‘Twilight’ star to serious awards contender in a few short years.

After becoming the first ever American actress to win a Cesar, the French equivalent of the Oscars, she is being seriously talked about for the real thing due her work on both Woody Allen’s latest, ‘Café Society’, and on ‘Brokeback Mountain’ director Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’.

5. David Farrier

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David Farrier, co-director of TICKLED, a Magnolia Pictures release.

The bisexual New Zealand native would literally be tickled with a Best Documentary win for ‘Tickled’, his look into the dark underbelly that lies beneath a weird internet trend called ‘competitive endurance tickling’, an investigation that led to the journalist receiving homophobic threats from the company who produced these strange fetish videos.

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6. Byron Howard

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Still from ‘Zootopia’, directed by Byron Howard.

In a hotly contested Best Animated Feature Film category, Howard has a strong chance of a win as the co-director of favourite ‘Zootopia’ (named ‘Zootropolis’ for its UK release).

After a Golden Globe nomination for his work on ‘Tangled’, and Oscar nom for 2008’s ‘Bolt’, the gay animator, who has been married to his partner since 1988, will be hoping that the zoo will pull through.

7. Benj Pasek

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Benj Pasek with songwriting partner Justin Paul.

The Best Original Song category has always been a strong one for LGBT representation. Previous winners included Elton John, Stephen Sondheim, and last year’s winner Sam Smith, who fought against trans nominee Anohni.

This year, it could be the turn of gay songwriter Benj Pasek. He could win as co-songwriter for hot favourite, the Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone-starring ‘La La Land’.

8. Scott Rudin

The openly gay super-producer won Best Picture for ‘No Country for Old Men’ in 2008. He has been nominated for the prize six times. He will be hoping to get a second statuette for ‘Fences’, the Denzel Washington’s adaptation of the Tony-winning play.

However, he will have stiff competition from…

9. Megan Ellison

Annete Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig in ‘20th Century Women’, produced by Megan Ellison.

…the lesbian producer and three-time Best Picture nominee for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, ‘Her’, and ‘American Hustle’. 2016 could finally be the year she wins with ‘20th Century Women’. The film stars another woman long overdue for an Oscar win, ‘American Beauty’ star Annette Bening.

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10. Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monae in ‘Moonlight’.

Although private about her sexuality (she famously said she ‘only dates androids’ in one interview’), the star is considered by many a queer icon for her gender-bending performances as a singer.

She also has noticeable turns in black woman mathematicians at NASA drama “Hidden Figures” and LGBT-focused film “Moonlight”. 2016 could definitely be the year Monáe goes from soul star to actress.

Speaking of ‘Moonlight’….

BONUS: “Moonlight”

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Alex Hibbert and Mahershala Ali in ‘Moonlight’.

Films featuring LGBT+ characters a few and far between at the Oscars. But in 2017, ‘Moonlight’ could join previous winners like ‘The Imitation Game’, ’Beginners’, and ‘Brokeback Mountain’. The story of a gay black man told through three stages of his life, it could benefit from the #oscarssowhite controversy due to its strong black cast.