First up is bi icon Stephanie Beatriz! The In the Heights and Brooklyn Nine-Nine alum recently starred in the lead role of Mirabel Madrigal in Disney's 2021 animated film Encanto, which is nominated for three Oscars for the night, including Best Animated Feature, Best Original Score, and Best Song for "Dos Oruguitas (Two Caterpillars)!"
"One of the things that I think about a lot is that my existence, period, is like sort of political. It just kinda is because I'm an immigrant, I'm a woman, I'm Latina, I'm queer. So all of those things together, they make up who I am, and just me being alive, it's kind of a cool, awesome, sometimes scary thing," Beatriz told Out in an interview last year when asked about what it was like landing a leading role in a beloved Disney film as a queer, Latina. "The fact that I am in this film and have this incredible opportunity to bring this character to life is really amazing, because there was a time, not too long ago, where someone like me wouldn't have even been written for in a Disney film. And now here we have this amazing script with all of these amazing collaborators. They've centered the story on a family from Colombia and created this magical, magical fable around them, and that means that someone like me is just right to play one of those characters. And I think that that's a world that I really am excited to be living in."
But Beatriz isn't the only LGBTQ+ star present at the Oscars this year!
"It's always been important to me," the actor, who publicly came out as transmasculine back in late 2020, told Out last year about representing diversity and inclusion in Hollywood. "Right now Hollywood is reckoning with how its lack of diversity and misrepresentations of marginalized groups negatively impacts those people's lived experiences. Moving into this next phase of my career, I want to contribute to a shift in culture by uplifting diverse voices and stories of all experiences. I think audiences are more than receptive. I think we're starving for those kinds of stories. We want and deserve to see ourselves on-screen."
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