rukkle’s 2014 Oscars Review – A History Of Gay Oscar Winners

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Dustin Lance Black

rukkle presents its list of gay Oscar winners including actors, screenwriters, directors, and musicians.

Our list includes Sir Elton John, Dustin Lance Black, and Jodie Foster.

rukkle has covered the straight actors nominated for Oscars for gay roles. We’ve reviewed the straight actors that have won Oscars for gay roles. There’s only one category left and that’s gay Oscar winners.

There’s been very few out gay actors that have gone on to win the Oscar. For this reason, we’ve expanded this Oscars list to include actors, screenwriters, directors, and musicians.

 

Jodie Foster – Winner for Best Actress in The Accused and Silence of the Lambs

Gay oscar winner Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster wasn’t out during either of her Oscar wins; however, she now is. She won her two Oscars for Best Actress in a short time frame. She won in 1988 for The Accused and in 1991 for the Silence of the Lambs.

Watch Jodie Foster’s acceptance speech for the Silence of the Lambs.

 

Sir John Gielgud – Winner for Best Supporting Actor in Arthur

Gay Oscar Winners Sir John Gielgud

Sir John Gielgud was the first openly gay actor to win an Oscar. He won it for his performance in 1981 for the film, Arthur.

Watch openly gay Oscar winner John Gielgud’s acceptance speech for Arthur.

 

Dustin Lance Black – Winner for Best Original Screenplay in Milk

Dustin Lance Black

Dustin Lance Black has recently made news due to his relationship with recently out Olympic diver, Tom Daley. Back in 2009, he was earning raves for his work as the screenwriter of Milk. Milk tells the story of gay icon, Harvey Milk.

Watch the movie trailer for the film, Milk.

 

Bill Condon – Winner for Best Adapted Screenplay in Gods & Monsters

Gay Oscar winner Bill Condon

In 1998, Bill Condon won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Gods & Monsters. He both wrote and directed the film that starred Sir Ian McKellen. Condon has since gone on to direct a number of films including Kinsey, Chicago, and Dreamgirls.

Watch the movie trailer for Gods and Monsters.

 

Alan Ball – Winner for Best Original Screenplay in American Beauty

Gay Oscar winner Alan Ball

Before he adapted True Blood for television, Alan Ball was winning the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in American Beauty. The film went on to win 4 more awards at the 2000 Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Watch Alan Ball explain how he got the idea for American Beauty

 

John Schlesinger – Winner for Best Director in Midnight Cowboy

Gay Oscar winners John Schlesinger

In 1989, John Schlesinger took home the Oscar for Best Director in Midnight Cowboy. Midnight Cowboy was about two hustlers living in New York City. It was his first film to be shot in the USA. He would go on to be nominated again for Best Director for Sunday Bloody Sunday.

Watch the trailer for John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy

 

George Cukor – Winner for Best Director in My Fair Lady

Gay Oscar winner George Cukor

George Cukor was the recipient of the Oscar for Best Director in My Fair Lady in 1964. Cukor was openly gay and was known to be the head of the gay subculture in Hollywood during the 1930′s.

Watch the trailer for Cukor’s My Fair Lady starring Audrey Hepburn.

 

Howard Ashman – Winner for Best Original Song in The Little Mermaid & Beauty and the Beast

Gay OScar winner Howard Ashman

Howard Ashman is a lyricist who has won twice for his work on famous Disney pictures. He won in 1989 for writing the lyrics to Under the Sea that was a part of The Little Mermaid. He won again in 1991 for the title song in Beauty and the Beast.

Watch the official music video for Ashman’s Beauty and the Beast.

 

Sir Elton John – Winner for Best Original Song in The Lion King

Gay Oscar winner Sir Elton John

Sir Elton John has a number of awards and they include an Oscar in 1994 for Best Original Song. He won for Can You Feel The Love Tonight. He was also nominated for Circle of Life and Hakuna Matata that year.

Watch Sir Elton John accept the award for Best Original Song along with lyricist, Tim Rice.

 

Melissa Etheridge – Winner for Best Original Song in An Inconvenient Truth

Gay Oscar Winner Melissa Etheridge

In 2006, Melissa Etheridge won the Oscar for the Best Original song. Her song, I Need to Wake Up, was featured in the Oscar winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.

Watch the official music video for Melissa Etheridge’s I Need To Wake Up.

 

Are there any gay Oscar winners that you think should be included in this list?

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7 Responses to rukkle’s 2014 Oscars Review – A History Of Gay Oscar Winners

  1. jordan November 21, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Linda Hunt in 1982 for The Year of Living Dangerously!

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  2. Vic January 14, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Almodóvar obviously.

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  4. Aaron December 24, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Joel Grey won the 1972 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Cabaret

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  5. Anna February 29, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    I don’t know if I would count Jodie Foster in this list because as you note, she wasn’t openly gay at the time she won, even if everyone in the industry knew it. Obviously she has since come out and married her partner in 2014.

    I was kind of stunned when he said that last night at the Oscars. I immediately thought of Elton John and the writer of Milk. Well done on the rest of these names.

    However it is telling that the list is primarily writers, musicians and two directors — being a gay actor is still be considered a barrier in Hollywood. John Gielgud was primarily a stage actor and the theater is quite different from the film industry. If you haven’t seen the film, “The Celluloid Closet,” it’s definitely worth checking out.

    No wonder it took Jodie so long to come out, and why Kevin Spacey doesn’t want to, and I don’t blame him.

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  6. Jenni Olson February 29, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Don’t forget documentary filmmaker Rob Epstein who won for The Times of Harvey Milk.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af5nUOGxZmg

    And

    Debra Chasnoff who won for her short documentary, Deadly Deception in 1992 (and thanked her life-partner in her very eloquent acceptance speech).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1uXQ5xcMHc

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  7. Joel Green March 2, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Gay Australian Orry George Kelly won 3 Oscars for costume design. For “An American in Paris”, Cole Porter’s “Les Girls”, and “Some Like It Hot” and was nominated for a fourth, for “Gypsy”.

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