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  • francisfahey
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    If you were to compile a Top 5 list of names which solely consists of past nominees who played gay roles but lost, what would it be?  And who would you choose as your winner?

     

    Mine is as follows:

    Colin Firth – A Single Man

    Ian Mckellen – Gods and Monsters

    Heath Ledger – Brokeback Mountain

    Stephen Rea – The Crying Game

    Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name

    Winner:

    They’re all so good.  Can I have a 5-way tie?  But if I have to choose one then maybe Colin Firth.

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    Erick Bernardez
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    People seem to forget about William Hurt who actually won an Oscar for Kiss of the Spider Woman, Sean Penn for Milk,  Phillip Seymour Hoffman for Capote, Tom Hanks in Philadelphia.

    So yeah I feel gay roles are getting their due.

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    M H
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    Stephen Rea isn’t gay in “The Crying Game.” See, for example, his reaction at the big reveal.

    One thing Hanks, Hurt, Penn, and Hoffman have in common is that their characters were pretty much completely de-sexed in their movies.

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    francisfahey
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    Yeah I did cringed a little when I put Stephen Rea in there, but since he’s so great in it and it’s kind of about two “men” in love ultimately, I thought what the heck.  But yeah point taken.

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    Thomas Eagan
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    John Voight (Joe Buck ). Midnight Cowboy

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    Entertain-me
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    I’m looping LGBT + gay-ish roles

    1) Jon Voight, Midnight Cowboy
    2) Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
    3) John Lithgow, The World According to Garp
    4) Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal
    5) Jaye Davidson, The Crying Game

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    Mateo Prigue
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    Benedict Cumberbatch- The Imitation Game

    Colin Firth- A Single Man

    Timothée Chalamet- Call Me By Your Name

    Eddie Redmayne- Danish Girl(it’s not a gay role, but is LGBT)

    Jake Gyllenhaal-Brokeback Mountain

    If I had to chose a female role, I would choose Cate Blanchett for Carol.

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    There are a few more Best Actor nominees playing gay men than have been listed on this thread.

    1958 Paul Newman (Brick) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    1971 Peter Finch (Dr. Hirsh) Sunday Bloody Sunday

    1975 Al Pacino (Sonny) Dog Day Afternoon

    1977 Marcello Mastroianni (Gabriele) A Special Day

    1983 Tom Courtenay (Norman) The Dresser

    1985 William Hurt (Luis) Kiss of the Spider Woman

    1993 Tom Hanks (Andrew) Philadelphia

    1998 Ian McKellan (James) Gods and Monsters

    2000 Javier Bardem (Reinaldo) Before Night Falls

    2005 Philip Seymour Hoffman (Truman) Capote

    2005 Heath Ledger (Ennis) Brokeback Mountain

    2008 Sean Penn (Harvey) Milk

    2009 Colin Firth (George) A Single Man

    2013 Matthew McConaughey (Ron) Dallas Buyers Club

    2014 Benedict Cumberbatch (Alan) The Imitation Game

    2017 Timothée Chalamet (Elio) Call Me By Your Name

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    Elazul
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    Stephen Rea isn’t gay in “The Crying Game.” See, for example, his reaction at the big reveal. One thing Hanks, Hurt, Penn, and Hoffman have in common is that their characters were pretty much completely de-sexed in their movies.

    How was Hurt de-sexed though? Plus I thought he was actually a bit too stereotypical even. Totally agree about Hanks though, that character feels quite “outdated” today.

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    TheRedBoy
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    My nominees would be:
    Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
    Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
    Colin Firth, A Single Man
    Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
    Ian McKellan, Gods & Monsters

    As for a winner…. I’d have to revisit a few performances, but I seem to remember Ian McKellan being particularly exemplary in Gods & Monsters.

    But I wish McKellan, Ledger, and Chalamet had actually won for these performances.

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    Atypical
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    McConaughey’s character wasn’t remotely gay in “Dallas Buyers Club.”

    For me, it’s Heath in “Brokeback Mountain,” and then everyone else.

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    ENGLAND
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    I truly hope there is more to come. Not just the “attractive type.” I want to see all types of gay roles nominated.All shapes, shades, and ages.

    My favorite nominee/winner is Tom Hanks.

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    Cate Blanchett – Carol

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    Irvin Malcolm Contreras
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    McConaughey’s character wasn’t remotely gay in “Dallas Buyers Club.”

    Well, the real Ron Woodruff was bisexual…and according to his family and friends wasn’t homophobic at all.

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