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