Academy Awards

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The Academy Awards, or "Oscars", is an annual awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements in the United States film industry as assessed by the Academy's voting membership.

Oscars Won By Films With LGBT Characters or Themes

Several films with LGBT characters or themes have won Academy Awards, including:

Year Film Award
1985 Kiss of the Spider Woman William Hurt for Best Actor
1993 Philadelphia Tom Hanks for Best Actor
1998 Gods and Monsters Bill Condon for Best Adapted Screenplay
1999 Boys Don't Cry Hilary Swank for Best Actress
2002 The Hours Nicole Kidman for Best Actress
2003 Monster Charlize Theron for Best Actress
2005 Brokeback Mountain Ang Lee for Best Director
2005 Capote Philip Seymour Hoffman for Best Actor
2008 Milk Sean Penn for Best Actor
2008 Vicky Cristina Barcelona Penélope Cruz for Best Supporting Actress
2010 Black Swan Natalie Portman for Best Actress
2011 Beginners Christopher Plummer for Best Supporting Actor
2013 Dallas Buyers Club Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor
2015 The Danish Girl Alicia Vikander for Best Supporting Actress
2017 Moonlight Best Picture

LGBT Oscar Winners

A number of award winners are openly LGBT, including:

Year Film Award
1972 Cabaret Joel Grey (gay) for Best Supporting Actor†
1981 Arthur John Gielgud (gay) for Best Supporting Actor
1983 The Year of Living Dangerously Linda Hunt (lesbian) for Best Supporting Actress
1988 The Accused Jodie Foster (lesbian) for Best Actress†
1989 The Little Mermaid Howard Ashman (gay) for Best Original Song
1990 Dick Tracy Stephen Sondheim (gay) for Best Original Song†
1991 The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster (lesbian) for Best Actress
1991 Beauty and the Beast Howard Ashman (gay) for Best Original Song (posthumous)
1994 The Lion King Elton John (gay) for Best Original Song
1998 Gods and Monsters Bill Condon (gay) for Best Adapted Screenplay
1999 Girl, Interrupted Angelina Jolie (bisexual) for Best Supporting Actress
1999 The Red Violin John Corigliano (gay) for Best Original Score
1999 Todo sobre mi madre (All About My Mother) Pedro Almodóvar (gay) for Best Foreign Language Film
2000 American Beauty Alan Ball (gay) for Best Original Screenplay
2002 Talk To Her Pedro Almodóvar (gay) for Best Original Screenplay
2006 An Inconvenient Truth Melissa Etheridge (lesbian) for Best Original Song
2008 Milk Dustin Lance Black (gay) for Best Original Screenplay
2015 Spectre Sam Smith (gay) Best Original Song

† Joel Grey and Jodie Foster were not out at the time of their awards.

Oscar Nominations For Films With LGBT Characters or Themes

This list is incomplete and includes only nominations for films with explicitly LGBT characters and themes. A number of films with characters of ambiguous gender or sexuality have also received nominations.

Year Film Nomination
1971 Sunday Bloody Sunday Peter Finch for Best Actor
1975 Dog Day Afternoon Al Pacino for Best Actor
1975 Dog Day Afternoon Chris Sarandon for Best Supporting Actor
1981 Only When I Laugh James Coco for Best Supporting Actor
1982 Victor/Victoria Robert Preston for Best Supporting Actor
1983 Silkwood Cher for Best Supporting Actress
1984 The World According To Garp John Lithgow for Best Supporting Actor
1989 Longtime Companion Bruce Davison for Best Supporting Actor
1992 The Crying Game Jaye Davidson for Best Supporting Actor
1998 Gods and Monsters Ian McKellan for Best Actor
2000 Before Night Falls Javier Bardem for Best Actor
2002 The Hours Ed Harris for Best Supporting Actor
2002 The Hours Julianne Moore for Best Supporting Actress
2005 Brokeback Mountain Best Picture
2005 Brokeback Mountain Heath Ledger for Best Actor
2005 Brokeback Mountain Jake Gyllenhaal for Best Supporting Actor
2005 Transamerica Felicity Huffman for Best Actress
2006 Notes on a Scandal Judi Dench for Best Actress
2009 A Single Man Colin Firth for Best Actor
2010 The Kids Are All Right Annette Bening for Best Actress
2010 The Kids Are All Right Julianne Moore for Best Supporting Actress
2011 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Rooney Mara for Best Actress
2015 The Danish Girl Eddie Redmayne for Best Actor
2015 Carol Cate Blanchett for Best Actress
2015 Carol Rooney Mara for Best Supporting Actress is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Learn more