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Relive the most LGBTI moments of the Oscars

Relive the most LGBTI moments of the Oscars

Lady Gaga wins her first Oscar (Photo: Twitter)

The Oscars this year were slated to be the queerest in history.

And, as the 91st Academy Awards wrap up and Hollywood stars leave the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, it is fairly safe to say they delivered.

Significantly, the Academy’s top three awards all went to films with LGBTI themes.

Rami Malek took home the Best Actor award for his role as gay rock icon Freddie Mercury in biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

And, the Academy awarded Olivia Colman Best Actress for her depiction of Queen Anne as she romances two women.

Billy Porter in tuxedo gown (Photo: Instagram / Christian Siriano)
Billy Porter in tuxedo gown (Photo: Instagram / Christian Siriano)

Finally, Green Book, which charts a black musician’s journey through the American Deep South, won Best Picture. Many believe the main character to be LGBTI, as he has a same-sex sexual encounter in the movie.

If that wasn’t enough, bi popstar and LGBTI super ally Lady Gaga won her first Oscar. What’s more, gay pop star Adam Lambert opened the ceremony with a compelling performance with Queen.

But let’s start at the beginning, with the red carpet.

Gender fluid looks won the red carpet

Actor and LGBTI activist Billy Porter wowed the Oscars red carpet with an amazing tuxedo gown. American designer Christian Siriano crafted the gender busting piece.

Renowned drag queen and A Star is Born Actress, Shangela, meanwhile, made history as perhaps the first ever drag queen to walk the red carpet. ‘I hope that means something to somebody out there’ she also said.


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Actress Awkwafina and one of the hosts Amy Poehler also broke the binary in glamorous tuxedos.

LGBTI artists rocked the Oscars stage

Queen, fronted by gay popstar Adam Lambert, opened the 91st Academy Awards.

They performed with an image of queer rock legend Freddie Mercury behind them.

Later in the evening, the audience responded to Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s performance of Shallow from A Star Is Born with a standing ovation.

Gaga became an Oscar winner

Lady Gaga went on to win her first ever Oscar. The Academy named Shallow, from A Star is Born, as Best Original Song.

‘I’ve worked hard for a long time, and it’s not about, you know, it’s not about winning’ she told the audience.

‘But what it’s about is not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it,’ the first-time Oscar winner also said.

LGBTI movies won big

Bohemian Rhapsody took home four awards out of five nominations. The Academy named Rami Malek Best Actor for his depiction of Freddie Mercury.

‘We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life unapologetically as himself’ Malek told the audience in his acceptance speech.

He said the Oscar win was ‘proof that we are longing for stories like this’.

The biopic also took home awards in sound editing, sound mixing, and film editing.

The film has been incredibly well-received commercially. But, some critics say it fails to examine Mercury’s queer identity in any meaningful or nuanced ways.

Meanwhile, the Academy named Olivia Colman, who plays Queen Anne in The Favourite, Best Actress.

At the end of her acceptance speech, Colman blew a kiss to Lady Gaga.

See also

Adam Lambert and Queen rock the Oscars

Shangela makes history as first-ever drag queen on the Oscars red carpet

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