Nominees for the 2022 Oscars have been announced, with House of Gucci snubbed and The Power Of The Dog taking the lead.
Whilst some familiar LGBTQIA+ faces are leading the pack, one big name was left off the list.
Meanwhile, major nominations for another film featuring straight actors playing gay roles have placed it as a frontrunner.
Oscars 2022: Who’s in the race?
Whilst LGBTQIA+ nominees for this years Oscars aren’t great in numbers, there is one familiar face leading the pack.
Kristen Stewart, best known for her role in the Twilight films has picked up her first Oscars nod.
The very visible and out LGBTQIA+ actress has been nominated for best actress for her role as Princess Diana in Spencer.
Following Kristin Stewart is out actress Ariana DeBose who identifies as queer.
Ariana is nominated for her role in West Side Story.
While West Side Story isn’t a queer film, it is camp as all get out, it picked up 7 nominations.
Gay themed documentary Flee has also picked up a nomination for Best Animated Feature.
Running against Flee is Disney film, Luca.
Luca has been praised by many for a storyline that resonated with the LGBTQIA+ community, even though it wasn’t actually a queer film.
Regardless this story of two young friends hiding their identities from the community in a quest for freedom deserves a nod.
Was Lady Gaga robbed?
Earlier this year Lady Gaga starred in House of Gucci.
Again the international queer icon gave a film performance that left us all gagging for me.
Her role as Patrizia Reggiani was said by some to be the “performance of the year.”
However, it was not to be for Lady Gaga or for House of Gucci.
The film received just one nomination, for Best Makeup & Hairstyling.
House of Gucci was her first film role since her debut in A Star is Born.
The Power Of The Dog leads Oscars nominations
The Power Of The Dog currently leads the Oscars nominations list for the year with 12 nominations.
Whilst a moving and powerful film, The Power Of The Dog raises the continued question about straight actors in gay roles.
Both Benedict Cumberbatch and Kodi Smit-Mcphee are nominated for Best Actor and Supporting actor respectively.
Cumberbatch plays a closeted cowboy in this highly acclaimed film, whilst Smit-Mcphee plays the timid, queer son of his brother’s wife.
What some view as problematic is that neither of these actors identity as part of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Despite delivering stellar performances, they do raise the question about the importance of queer actors telling queer stories.
Particularly in a year when only two openly LGBTQIA+ people are nominated in the worlds most prestigious film awards.
Watch the full breakdown of this years nominations below
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