LGBTQ+ Actors Oscar Nominations 2024

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LGBTQ+ Actors Oscar Nominations 2024

Colman Domingo’s Trailblazing Nomination

This year’s acting nominations highlight two nominees celebrated for their LGBTQ+ roles. Colman Domingo earned a Best Actor nomination for playing Bayar Rustin, a gay civil rights leader. The biopic, Rustin, directed by George C. Wolfe, who is openly gay, put Domingo in the spotlight.

Jodie Foster’s Groundbreaking Role in Nyad

Jodie Foster, a two-time Oscar winner, received her fifth nomination for her role in the Netflix biopic Nyad. She portrays Bonnie Stoll, the coach and friend of Diana Nyad, a gay sports journalist and swimmer. This role marks Foster’s first as an openly queer character.

Lily Gladstone’s Oscar Breakthrough

Lily Gladstone, who uses she/they pronouns, got her first Best Actress Oscar nomination for Killers of the Flower Moon. Directed by Martin Scorsese, this movie also earned Best Director and Best Picture nominations.

Diversity in Best Picture Nominees

Among the Best Picture nominees were Killers of the Flower Moon and Maestro, Bradley Cooper’s biopic of Leonard Bernstein, a queer composer. The category also featured Poor Things and Anatomy of a Fall, with queer heroines played by Emma Stone and Sandra Hüller.

Annette Bening’s Continued Recognition

Annette Bening, an LGBTQ+ advocate, received her fifth Oscar Nomination for Nyad. This is her second nomination for playing a queer character, following her role in The Kids Are All Right in 2011.

Billie Eilish and Sheila Nevins’s Nominations

Pop star Billie Eilish, recently out, was nominated for Best Original Song for “What Was I Made For?” from the Barbie soundtrack. Sheila Nevins’s film, The ABCs of Book Banning, explores book bans in Florida affecting Black and LGBTQ+ literature and was nominated for Best Documentary Short.

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