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The Oscar nominations were released today; here are five LGBTQ facts about this year’s nominees:
— The snooze-worthy La La Land—a largely white, generic romance about jazz that puts its black characters mostly in the background—got 14 nominations, as many as All About Eve, a catty 1950 dramedy beloved by gay audiences.
— The groundbreaking black gay film Moonlight got nominated eight times, as much as Brokeback Mountain (2005) or Milk (2008), both major gay films. Here are six reasons why we think it deserves to win big.
— Michael Shannon was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Nocturnal Animals, a film directed by gay fashion designer Tom Ford, a guy who said he wouldn’t want to dress Melania Trump.
— Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (a film that has largely been interpreted as having gay subtext and that stars queer actor Ezra Miller) was nominated for Best Costume Design. Gay.
— I am Not Your Negro (a film about gay author James Baldwin) was nominated for Best Documentary. Here’s the trailer below in case you hadn’t heard about it.
Actress and RuPaul’s Drag Race veteran Kelly Mantle made Oscar history earlier this year when she was considered as a potential nominee for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress for her role in Confessions of a Womanizer, but alas she was not nominated.