February 15, 2016 at 3:18 am #216874
Carol looks set to be shut out of the winners circle from all of the top awards bodies this year, despite being highly nominated, and considered one of the best films of the year.
Many are asking why? But is it because of the way it ends? Naturally, spoilers for Carol and other LGBT Films of recent years may follow.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED ABOUT SPOILERS!!!
Looking at previous years in which LGBT have done well with awards bodies, one thing sticks out – death.
Milk – Oscar Best Actor win for Sean Penn = ends in a death
A Single Man – BAFTA Best Actor win for Colin Firth = ends in a death
Beginners – Awards run sweep of Supporting Actor for Christopher Plummer = ends in death
Dallas Buyers Club – Actor and Supporting wins for McConaughey & Leto = ends in deaths
The Danish Girl – largely predicted win for Supporting Actress for Alicia Vikander = ends in a death
And these are just in the most recent of years! Even Black Swan, in which Portman has a single lesbian sex scene, the multiple Best Actress winner across organisations ends up dying!
Now look at Carol, widely expected to go 0 across the board = ends rather happily.
So, question – if Carol had ended differently, say Therese kills herself because Carol can’t be with her. Or even Carol can’t live a lie, and is trapped by her husband, so ends it all; would Carol have won more awards by now, and would it be the frontrunner for any of the top Oscars? Plus, would it be in for Best Picture/Director?February 15, 2016 at 5:09 am #216876
To me, it’s quite tragic that if an actor wants to win an Oscar for playing gay or trans, they have to play someone who dies because that always tends to be the case. Also ask Hilary Swank and Tom Hanks who won their first Oscars for playing gays who die at the end. Even Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in The Imitation Game dies off-screen.
But if Carol had ended tragically, it probably would’ve gotten that Best Picture nomination. I’m glad the filmmakers didn’t make the ending tragic. It’s just a shame that a gay film has to end in tragedy to get in major recognition. If that weren’t the case, then films like Blue Is The Warmest Color, Pariah, Pride, and Weekend would be more embraced.February 15, 2016 at 5:29 am #216877
The Kids Are Alright? That didn’t end in a bloodbath.February 15, 2016 at 5:34 am #216878
The Kids Are Alright? That didn’t end in a bloodbath.
And didnt win a single oscar.February 15, 2016 at 6:47 am #216879
Is Capote the exemption to the rule?February 15, 2016 at 8:12 am #216880
Is Capote the exemption to the rule?
Perhaps, but in this case, there are some mitigating circumstances. Capote, was a real person and a celebrated one with influential friends. Also, front and centre, was the issue of the Death Penalty, which deflects from the homophobia so rampant in our global society.
If the film had showed Capote’s rather slow death, could it have been a true player in the hunt for Best Picture? Particularly if his death were portrayed as an ignominous one.
We’ll likely never know, but there it is.February 15, 2016 at 10:36 am #216881
Well… Duh!! Tom has been mentioning this rule about gay films and performances for years now. It’s sad. Hopefully, diversifying the Academy would mean recognition for “non-traditional” films like Carol, Weekend or Pariah.February 15, 2016 at 12:56 pm #216882
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Carol is a good movie that came out in a year where other films happened to be better. It has nothing to do with death or LGBT or anything other than it being good enough to be recognized but not good enough to win. Sometimes movies are good but not good enough to win Oscars, but people only complain when they’re LGBT films.February 15, 2016 at 1:26 pm #216883
Yes, but look at other winners in that time period who’ve won and had deaths of the character and we have:
Winslet, Ledger, Waltz I, Day Lewis, Hathaway and Waltz II.
So of the 8 years of winners and 1 for current nominees (assuming frontrunners win) the 4 openly LGBT portrayal winners all died. It totals 5 if you include Portman, and 6 if you include frontrunner Vikander in the Trans-centric Danish Girl.
That’s 6 of 36 winning performances. Of the remaining 30, just 6 are of characters to die. It clearly shows something is going on about voters only giving the Oscars to LGBT roles if they die. It isn’t a case of ‘they love to see everyone be killed on screen’ given the low number of the non-LGBT winning characters dying in their films!February 15, 2016 at 3:45 pm #216884
William Hurt, Nicole Kidman and Tom Hanks also died in their Oscar-winning LGBT turns.
Robert Preston, James Coco, Felicity Huffman, Annette Bening, among others – survivors and losers.February 15, 2016 at 3:52 pm #216885
Let’s also not forget about Jared Leto’s stereotypically tragic destiny in Dallas Buyers Club.