Don't get us wrong: we love seeing LGBTQ+ narratives on screen. But it would be wrong for us not to mention the fact that a lot of film and television's most well-known — and awarded — queer roles are, more often than not, going to non-queer actors. It's a step in the right direction to see more and more LGBTQ+ stories, but considering that out actors don't get as many opportunities as their straight colleagues, we still have a long, long way to go when it comes to fair and accurate representation.
Here are 11 straight actors who took home gold after playing queer on screen.
After playing gay fashion icon Halston in Netflix's eponymous limited series, McGregor took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie during the 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 2021.
Colman won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2019 after starring in The Favourite as Queen Anne of England. In the film, Anne had love affairs with two women in her court, played by Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.
Darren Criss won a Primetime Emmy in 2018 and a Golden Globe in 2019 after playing gay, Filipino-American serial killer Andrew Cunanan in FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. He has since said he that will no longer be playing gay roles so that more openly gay actors can have a chance at them.