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Melissa McCarthy Is an Oscar Contender in Gay, Grown-Up Relationship Study 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'

It is very likely we will see Lady Gaga face off against Melissa McCarthy at the Oscars—for performances in two films with queer characters, no less.

Based on Lee Israel’s memoir, Can You Ever Forgive Me? stars McCarthy as Israel and follows her as she tries to revitalize her failing writing career by forging letters from deceased authors and playwrights.

McCarthy is receiving heavy Oscar buzz for her performance; many are calling it her best work to date.

The heart of the movie is a flawed, deep, warts-and-all friendship between Israel and loyal Jack Hock (Richard E. Grant). Queer love stories of any kind are all too rare in Hollywood fare, much less carefully considered studies of platonic love that goes deep between two friends who happen to be gay.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? currently holds a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. On Metacritic, it holds a score of 87, signifying “Universal Acclaim." It's critically adored. 

Can You Ever Forgive Me?  is now playing.  Watch the trailer below.


Do you plan on seeing Can You Ever Forgive Me? Have you been in many platonic, loving queer relationships? Let us know in the comments. 

 

 

 

 

Lady Gaga and Harrison Ford Will Receive An Award From SAG-AFTRA in November

Lady Gaga is already getting a sizable amount of Oscar buzz following the Venice premiere of Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born last week— and now she’s getting another big industry honor.

Today, SAG-AFTRA announced that Mother Monster and Harrison Ford would be this year’s recipients of the Artists Inspirations Awards at the organizations third annual Patron of the Artists Awards ceremony, honoring entertainers who use their resources and status for philanthropic and humanitarian causes.

SAG-AFTRA Foundation Board president (and Poltergeist scream queen) JoBeth Williams said in a statement:

“We are honored to recognize two of the most iconic and beloved artists worldwide who have not only made indelible impacts on our culture and the arts but who have chosen to use their influence to make a difference for others.”

“Harrison Ford is an acting legend in every known galaxy, but what many do not know are the decades of philanthropic service and leadership he has given to Conservation International to help protect our planet,” Williams said.

“Lady Gaga, whose monster career as a performer and actor has won her hundreds of millions of fans around the world, has also worked tirelessly on behalf of young people, focusing on mental wellness and building a kinder, braver world through her Born This Way Foundation. Harrison Ford and Lady Gaga are shining examples of how extraordinary success and true legacy are about creating a better world.”

Gaga is a six-time Grammy-winner, and she’s already received an Oscar nod for Best Original Song (she lost to Sam Smith). For A Star Is Born, she’s getting buzz in that category again, as well as Best Actress.

Ford’s is one of the most illustrious careers of any leading man in Hollywood history. He most recently starred in two sci-fi blockbuster sequels: Blade Runner 2049 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award for Witness.

The Patron of the Artists Awards ceremony will be held Nov. 8 in Beverly Hills.

h/t: The Hollywood Reporter

James Ivory Now The Oldest Oscar Winner For His Work on Call Me By Your Name

While Call Me By Your Name didn’t receive a heaping of awards at the 90th Annual Academy Awards last night, it did make history with one award it did receive.

Out screenwriter James Ivory won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work adapting the script from the original 2007 novel by André Aciman.

During his acceptance speech, Ivory got on stage, while wearing a shirt with Timothée Chalamet’s face drawn on it, and thanked the two man cast members. He also praised the film itself for its portrayal of first love.

“Whether straight or gay or somewhere in between, we’ve all gone through first love, I hope, mostly intact,” he said.

Not only is this a fantastic win for Call Me By Your Name, but its also a great win for Ivory because he is now the oldest Oscar winner in history.

Ivory also noted this when accepting his award, “Having won the Oscar seems like a hiccup after 90 years. It feels great.”

The 89-year-old also noted the many people who got him to this point. Most significantly, his late business and life partner Ismail Merchant.

Together, the two ran the production company Merchant Ivory. That’s how Ivory built experience producing adaptions to LGBTQ novels.

“I wouldn’t be standing up here without the inspired help I received from my life’s partners, who are gone,” Ivory said.

'And The Winner Is...' - Five Openly Gay Men Who Have Won Oscar Gold

The 90th Annual Academy Awards will take place live tomorrow night on ABC.  Some of the most iconic and historic names have taken home at least one of these golden statuettes, including Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and so on and so forth.

The show also has a major history with the LGBTQ community, as there have been several actors, actresses, producers and behind the scenes professionals who have won Oscar gold over the past ninety years.  Sam Smith, who made waves a couple of years ago when he wrongfully thought that he was the first openly gay man to win an Oscar, had a lot of learning to do as there have been plenty before him that have won as well.

In preparation for tomorrow night's Oscars, let's take a look at five openly gay men who have won this coveted award in the past.

Dustin Lance Black: Best Original Screenplay, Milk

 

 

What if I push all those buttons at once? Off to LA!

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Byron Howard: Best Animated Feature, Zootopia 

 

 

Rob Epstein: Best Documentary Feature, The Times of Harvey Milk and Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt

 

 

Benj Pasek: Best Music, Original Song: "City of Stars" from La La Land 

 

 

The golden boy is celebrating his golden birthday. The myth, the mensch, the legend.

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Tarell Alvin McCraney: Best Adapted Screenplay, Moonlight 

 

 

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