Oscar�s 25 Gayest Moments

1.15.2007

By Jeffrey Epstein

2000
2000 may have been the gayest Oscars on record with gay writer/director Alan Ball picking up a trophy for penning the gay-inclusive American Beauty (which won a total of five awards); Hilary Swank beating out Annette Bening for playing trans lad Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry; bi babe Angelina Jolie winning for Girl, Interrupted; gay director Pedro Almodovar winning his first Oscar for the queer-filled All About My Mother; and queer composer John Corigliano taking home best score for The Red Violin.

2002
Lord of the Rings Oscar nominee Ian McKellen brings hottie New Zealander boyfriend Nick Cuthell to the awards.

Also in 2002, gay fave Chicago cleans up, taking home six awards (including Best Picture). Sadly, the quartet of gay nominees'Rob Marshall (director), Bill Condon (adapted screenplay), and John Kander and Fred Ebb (original song)'walks away empty-handed. Perhaps 2007 will be Condon's year with his Dreamgirls an Oscar fave.

2004
Charlize Theron takes home the Best Actress award for her role as lesbian serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster. She would go on to pledge (in 2005) that she and longtime boyfriend Stuart Townsend would not get married until gays and lesbians can legally tie the knot as well.

Australia's Adam Elliot wins an Academy Award for his animated short Harvie Krumpet and includes 'my beautiful boyfriend, Dan' in his list of thank yous.

2006
In his speech when accepting the Best Director award for Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee thanks the characters of Ennis and Jack: 'They taught all of us who made Brokeback Mountain so much about not just all the gay men and women whose love is denied by society, but just as important, the greatness of love itself.'

Dolly Parton sings her nominated 'Travelin' Thru' at the 2006 show. Could anyone have imagined that this all-American lady would end up penning the main song for Transamerica? A beautiful, bold move. Totally ruined by some song called 'It's Hard Out There for a Pimp' winning instead.

2007
Ellen DeGeneres is set to host the Oscars, making her the first (openly) gay host the awards ceremony has ever had.

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