Only a handful of LGBT films have contended at the Oscars and just one, “Moonlight, has won Best Picture. That unprecedented victory last year came at the expense of frontrunner “La La Land,” which had racked up six wins heading into the final award of the evening. “Moonlight” had claimed just two Oscars (Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali and Best Adapted Screenplay for Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney) before pulling off an upset in the top race.
Conversely, “Brokeback Mountain” was widely expected to take home the Best Picture award at the 2006 ceremony but was snubbed in favour of “Crash” in one of Oscars’ biggest upsets. “Brokeback Mountain” did win three other Oscars: Best Director (Ang Lee), Best Adapted Screenplay (Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana) and Best Original Score (Gustavo Santaolalla).
Among other LGBT films at the Oscars, “Boys Don’t Cry,” depicting the life of a female-born person who adopts a male identity, won Best Actress for Hilary Swank in 1999. Milk,” depicting the life of openly gay politician Harvey Milk, was nominated for eight Oscars in 2008, including Best Picture and won two: Best Actor for Sean Penn and Best Original Screenplay for Dustin Lance Black.
Building on the success of “Moonlight” is Luca Guadagnino‘s gay romance “Call Me By Your Name.” It is one of the best-reviewed films of the year and a strong Oscar contender across-the board. The film charts the stormy course of a 1983 summer romance between Elio (Timothee Chalamet), an Italian teenager, and Oliver (Armie Hammer), an American academic seven years his senior who has come to stay at his father’s (Michael Stuhlbarg) villa. Oscar nominee James Ivory adapted Andre Aciman‘s 2007 bestseller of the same name.
“Call Me By Your Name” occupies one of the top five slots in five key Oscar categories according to our official odds and is tipped to win Best Adapted Screenplay category. Chalamet is currently ranked third in the Best Actor race by our Oscar experts behind two revered screen veterans: Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) and Daniel Day-Lewis (“Phantom Thread”). Stuhlbarg and Hammer are third and fifth respectively for Best Supporting Actor race, and both the film and the director are in fourth place.
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