Vote: Great LGBT-Movies That Won Oscars
At the age of 90, The Oscar still is struggling to find comfort among LGBT-Themed Movie. In the 20th century, LGBT-themed movies almost unheard, but since the beginning of 21st century, Te Oscar seem a little bit changed heart and more open about this themes. And its even get better up to this day, since 2013 at least one LGBT-themed movie has won Oscar in any category, include the highest prize when Moonlight (2016) won Best Picture in The 89th Oscar last year.
So, here they are list of great LGBT-themed movie that won Academy Awards.
1. Cabaret (1972)
Bob Fosse’s Oscar-winning adaptation of the Kander & Ebb musical stars Liza Minelli as the free-spirited Sally Bowles, who becomes romantically involved with a bisexual writer (Michael York) who also has affairs with men. The film won eight Oscars, and still holds the record for the most Oscars won by a film that did not win Best Picture.
Best Director (Bob Fosse)
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Liza Minnelli)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Joel Grey)
Best Cinematography (Geoffrey Unsworth)
Best Film Editing (David Bretherton)
Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score (Ralph Burns)
Best Art Direction (Art Direction: Rolf Zehetbauer and Hans Jürgen Kiebach; Set Decoration: Herbert Strabel)
Best Sound (Robert Knudson and David Hildyard)
It was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, losing both to The Godfather that won Best Picture that night.
2. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Al Pacino starred in Sidney Lumet’s iconic drama about a man who attempts to rob a bank in order to pay for his lover’s gender confirmation surgery.
Best Original Screenplay
Also nominated for more five Oscars:
Best Picture (Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand)
Best Director (Sidney Lumet)
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Al Pacino)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Chris Sarandon)
Best Film Editing (Dede Allen)
3. California Suite (1978)
In this Neil Simon comedy, Maggie Smith plays a British actress who is in a marriage of convenience with a closeted antique dealer (Michael Caine) who is becoming less discreet about his sexuality.
Best Supporting Actress (Maggie Smith)
Also nominated Best Adapted Screenplay (Neil Simon)
4. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)
This documentary details the life of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office in California, who was later murdered along with San Francisco mayor George Moscone. In 2012, the film was selected to be part of the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
Best Documentary Feature
5. Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
In this prison drama, a gay window dresser (William Hurt) shares a Brazilian prison cell with a revolutionary (Raul Julia), and the two begin a awkward friendship that develops into a sexual relationship. Hurt became the first actor to win an Oscar for playing a gay role.
Best Actor (William Hurt)
Also nominated for more Oscars:
Best Adapted Screenplay
6. Philadelphia (1993)
Tom Hanks stars as Andrew Beckett, a gay lawyer living with AIDS who sues his former lawfirm after he is fired. Denzel Washington co-stars as a homophobic lawyer who represents Andrew in court.
Best Actor (Tom Hanks)
Best Original Song (Bruce Springsteen)
Also nominated for:
Best Original Screenplay (Ron Nyswaner)
Best Original Song (Neil Young)
Best Makeup (Carl Fullerton and Alan D'Angerio)
7. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
This Austrailian comedy follows two drag queens (Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce) and a transgender woman (Terence Stamp) as they cross the Austrailian outback in a bus they nickname Priscilla.
Best Costume Design
8. Gods and Monsters (1998)
Bill Condon’s drama follows the last days of director James Whale (Ian McKellan), the openly gay director of the classic horror films “Frankenstein” and “Bride of Frankenstein.”
Best Adapted Screenplay - Bill Condon - Won
Best Actor (Sir Ian McKellen)
Best Supporting Actress (Lynn Redgrave)
9. Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
Kimberly Pierce wrote and directed this biographical film about Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank), a young man who is brutally murdered after it is discovered that he is transgender.
Best Actress (Hilary Swank)
Best Supporting Actress (Chloë Sevigny)
10. American Beauty (1999)
Although this Oscar-winning drama does not centrally focus on LGBT issues, it does take a close look at the effects of homophobia. Chris Cooper plays a former Marine colonel whose rampant homophobia is actually a mask for his own repressed desires, which leads him to a tragic interaction with the film’s protagonist (played by Kevin Spacey).
Best Picture (Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks)
Best Actor (Kevin Spacey)
Best Director (Sam Mendes)
Best Original Screenplay (Alan Ball)
Best Cinematography (Conrad Hall)
Best Actress (Annette Bening)
Original Music Score (Thomas Newman)
Film Editing (Tariq Anwar)
11. All About My Mother (1999)
Pedro Almodovar directed this Spanish drama about a mother who goes on a journey after the death of her son. Along the way she encounters a transexual prostitute, a lesbian couple, and a transvestite who was actually her son’s father.
Best Foreign Language Film
12. The Hours (2002)
This adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s novel focuses on three women whose lives are connected by the novel “Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman). Meryl Streep plays a modern-day lesbian who comforts her former lover (Ed Harris) who is dying of AIDS, while Julianne Moore plays a 1950s housewife who contemplates suicide.
Best Actress (Nicole Kidman)
Best Picture (Scott Rudin and Robert Fox)
Best Director (Stephen Daldry)
Best Adapted Screenplay (David Hare)
Best Supporting Actress (Julianne Moore)
Best Supporting Actor (Ed Harris)
Best Editing (Peter Boyle)
Best Costume Design (Ann Roth)
Best Original Score (Philip Glass)
13. Monster (2003)
Charlize Theron transforms herself in this biographical drama about prostitute-turned-serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who killed seven men in the late 1980s. Christina Ricci also stars as Wuornos’s lover.
Best Actress (Charlize Theron)
14. Capote (2005)
Philip Seymour Hoffman dominated the awards season in 2005 for his role as openly gay, larger-than-life writer Truman Capote as he struggles to write his masterpiece, “In Cold Blood.”
Best Actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman)
Best Director (Bennett Miller)
Best Adapted Screenplay (Dan Futterman)
Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Keener)
15. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
One of the most upsetting lost Best Picture in Oscar history, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal star in Ang Lee’s adaptation of E. Annie Proulx’s short story of the tumultuous, decades-long love affair between two cowboys in the mountains of Wyoming. The film was widely predicted to win Best Picture, but was upset by “Crash,” leading to speculation as to whether the film’s subject matter cost it votes.
Best Director (Ang Lee)
Best Adapted Screenplay (Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana)
Best Original Score (Gustavo Santaolalla)
Best Picture (Diana Ossana and James Schamus)
Best Actor (Heath Ledger)
Best Supporting Actor (Jake Gyllenhaal)
Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams)
Best Cinematography (Rodrigo Prieto)
16. Milk (2008)
Sean Penn plays the title role in Gus Van Sant’s biographical film about Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California. Tragically, Milk was assassinated in 1978.
Best Actor (Sean Penn)
Best Original Screenplay (Dustin Lance Black)
Best Picture (Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen)
Best Director (Gus Van Sant)
Best Supporting Actor (Josh Brolin)
Best Film Editing (Elliot Graham)
Best Costume Design (Danny Glicker)
Best Original Score (Danny Elfman)
17. Black Swan (2010)
Natalie Portman stars in Darren Aronofsky’s psychological drama about a mentally unstable ballerina who becomes obsessed with both the role of a lifetime and with one of her fellow dancers (Mila Kunis).
Best Actress (Natalie Portman)
Best Picture (Black Swan)
Best Director (Darren Aronofsky)
Best Cinematography (Matthew Libatique)
Best Film Editing (Andrew Weisblum)
18. Beginners (2011)
Mike Mills’s semi-autobiographical film stars Ewan McGregor as a man whose elderly father (Christopher Plummer) comes out as gay in his 70s. Plummer was actually 82 when the awards rolled around, and he became the oldest living actor to win an Oscar.
Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer)
19. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Based on a true story, Matthew McConaughey stars as Ron Woodruff a HIV-positive man who smuggles experimental AIDS medications into the United States, and then begins distributing them to fellow patients. Jared Leto plays a trans woman who eventually becomes Ron’s friend and ally.
Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey)
Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto)
Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews)
Best Picture (Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter)
Best Original Screenplay (Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack)
Best Film Editing (John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa)
20. The Imitation Game (2014)
Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this historical drama as Alan Turing, the British cryptanalyst who was convicted of indecency because of his homosexuality. Turing chose to be chemically castrated so that he could continue working, and later committed suicide.
Best Adapted Screenplay (Graham Moore)
Best Picture (Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman)
Best Director (Morten Tyldum)
Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch)
Best Supporting Actress (Keira Knightley)
Best Editing (William Goldenberg)
Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat)
Best Production Design (Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald)
21. The Danish Girl (2015)
Tom Hooper’s drama tells the story of Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne), the first known recipient of gender confirmation surgery. Alicia Vikander was named Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Elbe’s wife, Danish artist Gerda Wegener.
Best Supporting Actress (Alicia Vikander)
Best Actor (Eddie Redmayne)
Best Costume Design (Paco Delgado)
Best Production Design (Eve Stewart and Michael Standish)
22. Moonlight (2016)
Barry Jenkins’s haunting film about a young boy struggling to accept his sexuality scored a stunning upset for Best Picture, becoming the first winner in this category to have a gay character as its protagonist.
Best Picture (Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Adele Romanski)
Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali)
Best Adapted Screenplay (Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney)
Best Director (Barry Jenkins)
Best Supporting Actress (Naomie Harris)
Best Original Score (Nicholas Britell)
Best Cinematography (James Laxton)
Best Film Editing (Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders)
23. Call Me by Your Name (2017)
Luca Guadagnino directed this Oscar-winning drama about a teen (Best Actor-nominee Timothee Chalamet) who falls in love with a visiting graduate student (Armie Hammer). The film was nominated for four Oscars — including Best Picture — winning for its screenplay by famed director James Ivory, whose win made him the oldest Oscar-winner in Academy history.
Best Adapted Acreenplay (James Ivory)
Best Picture (Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, and Marco Morabito)
Best Actor (Timothée Chalamet)
Best Original Song ("Mystery of Love" by Sufjan Stevens)
24. A Fantastic Woman (2017)
Chilean transgender actress Daniela Vega won rave reviews for her performance in this Oscar-winner about a trans woman struggling to find acceptance after the death of her lover.
Best Foreign Language Film
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01. Call Me By Your Name
02. Brokeback Mountain
05. Dallas Buyers Club
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I don't know any classics
Only watched movies from 1990's and up
Brokeback Mountain and Milk are the first one I watched so that's always memorable
Imitation Game is a personal favotite
And Call Me by Your Name is great although I personally prefer the book
Already voted, moonlight, imitation game, boys don't cry, and call me by your name.
My choice : Call me by your name and Brokeback mountain.