These LGBTQ+ films are Oscar-worthy in our hearts!
While this year's Academy Awards honored several actors playing queer roles with nominations (Cate Blanchett, Brendan Fraser, Michelle Yeoh, and Jamie Lee Curtis were all nominated for playing queer characters), no out queer actors were nominated. And out of all the Director and Screenwriter nominees, only two out creators were nominated: Tony Kushner, the co-writer of The Fabelmans, and Lukas Dhont, who co-wrote and directed Close, which was nominated for Best International Feature.
Kushner and Dhont are far from the only queer people who deserved a nomination this year. In fact, here are some of the queer nominees we would've loved to see get some attention at this year's Oscars.
Unfortunately, this deeply moving gay romance didn't get any Oscar attention. We would've loved to see both leads, Jim Parsons and Ben Aldridge, get nominations. Parsons stars as Michael Ausiello, and Aldridge plays Kit Cowan, his husband who goes through an 11-month battle with terminal cancer. It's one of the most beautiful movies of the year.
Janelle Monáe in 'Glass Onion'
What does Janelle Monae have to do to get an Oscar nomination? Without giving away too much, her performance in Glass Onion was one of the most pleasant surprises of the year, stealing the film from many of the other powerhouse actors in the cast.
Keke Palmer in 'Nope'
Jordan Peele's Nope was one of the best movies of the year and should've picked up several nominations in categories like Visual Effects, Direction, Sound, and Screenplay, but we're most upset that the brilliant Keke Palmer didn't get a nod for her portrayal of a hustling queer woman reuniting with her brother on their family horse ranch.
Jeremy Pope in 'The Inspection'
Jeremy Pope was undeniable as a gay marine facing scrutiny for his sexuality in this drama. We would've loved to see him pick up his first Oscar nomination after being nominated for a Tony, a Grammy, an Emmy, and a Golden Globe.
Elegance Bratton, 'The Inspection'
Speaking of The Inspection, Elegance Bratton wrote the film based on his own real-life experiences as a gay marine. The Inspection was his feature film debut, but he deserved a nomination in the Best Director or Screenplay categories.