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Oscar Nominations Announced; Strong Showing for LGBT & Allied Community, But Diversity Still Lacking

by Maureen McCarty January 14, 2016

This morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ announced the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards.

  • The film Carol, which is about a same-sex couple in the 1950s, had a big showing with four nominations: Best Score, Best Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography and Costume Design.
  • Cate Blanchett received a nomination for Best Actress and Rooney Mara for Best Supporting Actress for their roles in the film.
  • Mara will face off 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, along with American for Marriage Equality supporter Bryan Cranston for Trumbo.
  • HRC supporter Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight) was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
  • Lady Gaga and Sam Smith will compete for Best Original Song.

While it has been an incredible year for LGBT storytelling and talented LGBT/Allied performers, the Oscar nominations notably missed opportunities to recognize the full breadth of diverse characters and films that made history this year, like trans actress Mya Taylor's performance in the groundbreaking independent film Tangerine

The LGBT and allied community was recognized last month at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards nominations and again at the Golden Globes this month.

HRC congratulates all of the nominees. Academy Awards will air on February 28.

Maureen McCarty
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