The Academy Awards may have previously received criticism for being “so white,” but this year the ceremony made quite the turnaround as it got “so gay” throughout. Oscars were handed out to actors portraying characters that fell under the LGBTQ spectrum, and the film that won Best Picture features a gay character in a supporting role.
Rami Malek was named Best Actor for his portrayal of bisexual Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, while Olivia Colman was named Best Actress for portraying a woman-loving Queen Anne. Mahershala Ali became a two-time Oscar winner after being awarded the Best Supporting Actor trophy for his role as Don Shirley, the gay American classical and jazz pianist and composer. “Green Book,” the film where Ali portrayed Shirley, also won Best Picture.
The show was also opened by gay performer Adam Lambert, who sang a spectacular rendition of “We Will Rock You” and “Champions” at the start of the show. On the red carpet, Pose star Billy Porter stole the show with his tux dress, possibly paying homage to ballroom legend Hector Xtravaganza.
Check out the list of winners below:
Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Foreign Language Film:
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
Live Action Short:
“Period. End of Sentence.”
“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”
Makeup and Hairstyling: