August 14, 2015 at 5:47 pm #191745
In a year full of milestones, achievements and media attention towards the transgender community (a year in which, sadly, came a worrying increase of murders of transgendered people) would Transamerica, a 2005 Oscar nominated film featuring a pre-operative male to female character trying to help her son, make a bigger splash than it did back then? I would also like for us to cover and debate the obvious lack of transgender-related movies and leading characters in Hollywood opposed to what we see in the small screen, in projects like Transparent, Orange is The New Black and Sense8 even though we’re starting to see the tip of the iceberg with The Danish Girl, Tangerine and About Ray.
Discuss.August 14, 2015 at 5:57 pm #191747
I think that there’s no question that if the same lineup from 2005 was competing this year, Witherspoon would have been an extremely distant second to Huffman. In other races, it’s hard to tell. Probably an across the board contender, but wouldn’t win BP. It wasn’t a traditionally Oscar friendly film, even without accounting for the subject matter. It’s not like Transparent with the Emmys, where it definitely feels like a show they’re ready to reward.August 15, 2015 at 4:21 am #191748
I hate the fact that this film didn’t do better. First of all. Felicity Huffman deserved to win (Witherspoon too, for “Election”). Period. It’s such a groundbreaking performance. Secondly, I find this movie much better than “Brokeback Mountain” which is a bit boring for me (wonderful performances all around, though). I think “Transamerica” deserved to win two Oscars for Huffman and the Original Song by Dolly Parton, then another few Oscar nominations for Picture, Director, Screenplay, and Supporting Actor for Kevin Zegers.
Shame!August 15, 2015 at 7:30 am #191749
Probably not because the screenplay was junk only redeemed by Huffman’s performance. I have a feeling in about ten years we will look back at that depiction of trans people the same way we look at the portrayals of gays in films like Kiss Me Guido, In & Out, or Chasing Amy. We recognize that they were big deals for their time but are frankly embarrassed they couldn’t have been much much better.August 15, 2015 at 9:04 am #191750
I think Transamerica was a good stepping stone for the conversation. You have to have movies like that to break ground for more like it to thrive.August 15, 2015 at 10:26 am #191751
The only reason you have to have a stepping stone that ham fisted (think 1960s message movies) is when the other side is such a ridiculous idiot that it has to be spelled out in patronizing terms. I sat through a lot of really bad gay cinema in the 90s before I realized that movies like this are mostly bullshit and usually just make people who are in positions of privilege feel enlightened.August 15, 2015 at 10:28 am #191752
Huffman would probably have a much bigger chance to win, but her and the song would still be the only things recognized.August 15, 2015 at 10:31 am #191753
Side note: this op ed from the Advocate about To Wong Foo:
This is an example of this kind of movie done right.August 15, 2015 at 12:15 pm #191754
Not in terms of more nominations, if that’s what you mean. But I think “Boys Don’t Cry” could have been seen in stuff like Picture, Sarsgaard, and Screenplay nowadays.August 15, 2015 at 2:39 pm #191755
This is a really interesting hypothetical.
At that time, Reese Witherspoon had such buzz about her. She had great indie work (robbed of a nom for Election) and was then put over by Legally Blonde. Following her Oscar win, she fell into a major slump, one that she didn’t crawl out of until last year. If she had never won for Walk the Line (losing to Huffman), does that mean she would have won over Julianne Moore for Wild this past year?
It’s hard to say if Huffman would win this year because we haven’t seen all of the contenders. But squared up against last year’s contenders, I still think it would come down to Huffman versus Moore. I definitely think Dolly Parton’s “Travelin’ Thru” would have won Best Song.
And for sure, Boys Don’t Cry would land in all kinds of categories including Supporting Actor, Screenplay, and even Picture (with the rule of expanded nominees). I could have seen Patricia Arquette and Chloe Sevigny splitting the prizes (Sevigny getting Oscar + CCA + Globe; Arquette getting SAG + BAFTA). Hillary Swank would have taken every one of Moore’s awards for Still Alice.August 15, 2015 at 7:51 pm #191756
I’m sorry but in what universe does “Glory” not win Best Song?August 15, 2015 at 11:14 pm #191758
Absolutely. Definitely a win for Huffman.