Oscar's 25 Gayest Moments
By Jeffrey Epstein
After last year's Brokeback bonanza, it's easy to dismiss the 2007 Oscars as, well, not so gay. But we'll still be glued to our sets on Sunday, February 25 at 8 p.m. (5 p.m. PST!) to watch the gowns, listen for glaring speech omissions (thank you, Hilary Swank), and pray Joan Rivers asks Leo about his star-making turn in Letters from Iwo Jima (hey, it could happen). In honor of this year's 79th annual event, we thought we'd take a look back (chronologically) at Oscar's gayest moments over the years.
Midnight Cowboy is the first and only X-rated film to win an Oscar in any category. And the film, which features a sexy Jon Voight selling himself (sometimes to men) to make ends meet, won Best Picture as well as Best Director for the late, gay John Schlesinger.
Schlesinger continues to work gay themes into his films'and get Academy recognition. His 1971 film, Sunday Bloody Sunday, featured a bisexual love triangle with Murray Head, Glenda Jackson, and Peter Finch, and it received four Oscar nominations.
Al Pacino played a bisexual hood who robs a bank in order to finance his lover's (Chris Sarandon) sex change operation in Dog Day Afternoon. He, Sarandon, the film, and director Sidney Lumet receive nominations, and writer Frank Pierson (who would go on to direct the trans-inclusive film Soldier's Girl) takes home a trophy for his screenplay. Elton John (who came out as bisexual the year before in Rolling Stone) sang the song 'Amoreena' over the title sequence.
The Academy can be a drag'and that was best exemplified when the French cross-dressing comedy La Cage Aux Folles was nominated for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Barbra Streisand's cross-dressing musical (is there any other kind?), Yentl, is nominated for a startling five Academy Awards and brings home the prize for best music.
Cher struts down the red carpet baring her midriff'and wearing that crazy headpiece'for the 1984 event. Naturally, gay designer Bob Mackie was to thank for the outfit.
William Hurt takes home the Best Actor award for playing a gay prisoner in Kiss of the Spider Woman. The film is also nominated for director, picture, and adapted screenplay, and it would later be adapted into a stage musical starring Chita Rivera.
Rob Lowe serenades Snow White with 'Proud Mary' at the awards. C'mon, is there anything gayer than that?!
Madonna sings 'Sooner or Later' from Dick Tracy (which later wins best song) at the show and is visibly trembling from nerves. It's nice to know she wasn't always made of steel.
The ceremony provides one of Oscar's most heartbreaking moments when Alan Menken and the late, gay composer Howard Ashman win Best Original Song for the title track to Beauty and the Beast. Ashman, who also won with Menken for The Little Mermaid's 'Under the Sea,' had recently died of complications from AIDS, and his partner, Bill Lauch, accepted the trophy on his behalf.