September 16, 2020
The year is coming to an end, and this means getting together with family, sipping hot chocolate and watching some good old award shows! This year, we saw a number of LGBT+ movies and TV series being spewed out. While some made us really happy with their LGBT+ representation, there were a few that left us feeling a bit, dissatisfied.
The Golden Globe dropped its nominations earlier this week. Rest assured, this included more than a dozen nominations for LGBTQ projects. The Screen Actors Guild Awards will soon be held and therefore has announced its nominees too! And this year, several queer and queer-adjacent actors and productions received the honour!
Award to JLo?
Yup! We are not surprised that Bombshell is leading the way for Queer films. The movie Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, and Charlize Theron, do you really need us to continue? This movie about the Fox News sexual harassment scandal is a true LGBT+ masterpiece. If you’re wondering where the LGBT+ plotline is, then we won’t be ruining your experience with a spoiler.
Anyway, the movie is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. And Kidman and Robbie nominated for their supporting roles.
Guess who else made it to the list of nominees? Jennifer Lopez! The star celebrity is a nominee for a supporting role in Hustlers. According to Advocate, this film by Lorene Scafaria’s costars several outperformers including Trace Lysette, Cardi B., and Lizzo.
Taron Egerton is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. This is for his role as Elon John in the movie, Rocketman.
The lead of the movie, Judy, the biopic of the LGBTQ+ icon Judy Garland also made her way into the nominations. Renée Zellweger plays the last year of Judy Garland’s life in the film.
Unlike films, our interaction with LGBT+ characters in TV series is much stronger due to increased exposure. The show Fleabag by Phoebe Waller-Bridge also earned a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series. Spoiler Alert, the show sees the lead character falling for another woman. And the play out of this relationship put the show onto the list of nominees.
The Advocate also mentioned the nomination of actor Andrew Scott. His role as the “hot priest” got him nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series. Fleabag is such a well-done show! It is raw, broken, and keeps things as awkward, and disturbing as reality is. It is no wonder that the series was also nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Netflix went out and proud this year with some of the best LGBT+ shows! And Schitt’s Creek was one of their best productions. Creator Dan Levy and his dad Eugene Levy gave us this well-done LGBT+ piece. The show was nominated in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series category.
Competing for this award was The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The show which did not likely belong in the LGBT+ category until the third season. Spoiler, their third season does introduce an overtly queer storyline and it’s pretty darn awesome.
Switching to TV dramas, guess who made it to the nominations for Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series? The Handmaid’s Tale, a show that has several queer characters with varying layers that is a wholesome representation of the LGBT+ community.
The show, Killing Eve has Jodie Comer playing the role of a bisexual assassin. This earned her a nod from the Screen Actors Guild.
Remember the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling and their overt LGBT+ presence? Well, the show also made its way for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series. The show also received a nod.
According to the Advocate, “Big Little Lies and The Crown were nominated as an ensemble in a drama series Finally, LGBTQ favorites including.”
Netflix kicked it out of the ballpark this year with its LGBT+ shows! The diversity even within the LGBT+ characters has superseded the viewers’ expectations. And the LGBT+ community has found a lot of relatable characters and shows on the site. Although, it is a little surprising that shows like Sex Education, Cable Girls, and Atypical have not even been mentioned. Even though their LGBT+ characters are exceptionally curated.
This award season, hopefully, changes in the binary distribution of awards in two categories will change. Like Bridgette Lundy-Paine from Atypical and Bombshell who identifies as non-binary states, “One day, we’ll split up the gender categories in the Oscars. That’s my big goal” .
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