With the success of Moonlight, you could be forgiven for thinking it’s been an okay year for LGBT movies. However, it’s the first time in several years that only one movie with significant LGBT content has been nominated at the Oscars. That’s underlined by the fact that when GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) released the nominees for their annual awards earlier this week, only two movie were nominated for ‘Outstanding Film – Wide Release’ -(Moonlight and Star Trek Beyond).
And considering Star Trek Beyond’s gay content was pretty much blink and you’ll miss it, it shows just how few LGBT characters and issues were in Hollywood-backed and/or widely distributed films last year. That compares to last year, when Carol (which won), The Danish Girl, Dope, Freeheld and Grandma all competed for the award.
GLAAD did find plenty of good films for its ‘Outstanding Film – Limited Release’ shortlist (The Handmaiden, Naz & Maalik, Other People, Spa Night, Those People), but none of those movies had studio backing and had very limited exposure in cinemas. (GLAAD uses their own formula for Wide and Limited release, taking into account ‘number of screens played, budget, and visibility’).
“At a time when progress is at a critical juncture, it is imperative that Hollywood tell more LGBTQ stories that reflect the community’s rich diversity — and build understanding that brings all communities closer together,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. She adds, “This year’s nominees have created images and storylines that challenge misconceptions and broaden understanding, accelerating acceptance and equality for LGBTQ people across the globe.”
Last year GLAAD essentially sent Hollywood a ‘must do better’ notice with their latest Studio Responsibility index, which covered 2015 releases, and on this evidence, they’ll be doing the same for their next one.
Take a look at the full list of GLAAD Media Awards nominees below. [Read more…]