Broadway’s annual Tony Awards are generally known as “the gay Olympics,” but the Oscars started vying for that honor last year, when lesbian funny lady Ellen DeGeneres hosted and scored big numbers with her jokes and gimmicks. And the awards show is topping itself (as it were) this year. Sunday night’s Oscar telecast might turn out to be gayer than Brokeback Mountain — minus all the tragedy (except for four people losing in every category).
Here are the gayest things about what’s to come:
*Once again, the producers are openly gay business partners Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who’ve collaborated on movies, as well as TV projects like Smash, The Sound of Music Live, Peter Pan Live!, and (going back) Bette Midler’s Gypsy. They are the dictionary definition of gay and bring a showbiz-loving aesthetic to the proceedings every time.
*The show’s head writer is openly gay Greg Berlanti, who has more time to focus on this now that he’s broken up with soccer player Robbie Rogers, LOL. Greg follows in the noble tradition of out gay Oscar writers such as Bruce Vilanch, who are unabashedly funny and topical.
*Ellen’s torch will be carried by another gay person, Neil Patrick Harris, who will no doubt bring his wily wit and charisma to hosting duties involving all manner of campy numbers and wisecracks. And while Berlanti is in charge of stuff like the presenters’ remarks, Harris is reportedly bringing in his own writers to supply his material. And they will be gay-friendly, to say the least.
*There will be musical sequences galore, and one of them will include gay favorite and (Oscar winner) Jennifer Hudson. Also dropping by is gay icon Lady Gaga, who’ll shed her yay-gay presence and crooning skills onto the stage. And Oscar winners Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Frozen) have written a song called “Moving Pictures” for Neil Patrick Harris to belt. I’m laughing and applauding already.
*And finally, The Imitation Game will probably win Best Adapted Screenplay, and it has a chance at other awards too, since the less traditional frontrunners—Birdman and Boyhood—could cancel each other out, plus Harvey Weinstein knows how to play the game, Imitation or otherwise.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy the new Gay Olympics. And when the straight acts come on, like Adam Levine and Rita Ora, feel free to take a bathroom break.