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In shocking Oscars twist, ‘Moonlight’ triumphs in evening dominated by anti-Trump rebukes

 

2017 Academy Awards are a wrap, and despite a dearth of openly gay men and women in front of the camera, queer folk hoping for advancement in the annals of film history can now rejoice. La La Land managed to take home five Oscars, only to be thwarted by the surprise win of Moonlight for best picture. Moonlight also awards for Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay for director Barry Jenkins and original writer Tyrell McCraney, the queer writer who penned the original play.

Trump’s anti-immigration stance, hostility towards LGBTQ folk and otherwise general nincompoopery proved the greatest fodder for Jimmy Kimmel, who delighted attendees with candy and cookies descending from the ceiling via tiny parachutes. The sweetest rewards, however, veiled or otherwise, came at Trump’s expense.

Anti-Trump rhetoric also captured serious moments as well. This became most obvious when it was revealed that Ashgar Farad, Iranian director of Best Foreign Language film The Salesman, could not attend because of Trump’s anti-immigration measures. A powerful statement by read by  friend Anousheh Ansari expressed his rage and disgust that the man occupying the Oval Office, in the most powerful nation on the planet, should compromise American values with such contempt for diversity.

Even marketers got the queer memo. While ABC advertised their forthcoming mini-series When We Rise, a chronicle of the movement, companies like Google and Revlon ran ads featuring same-sex couples and openly gay celebrities.

Though the Oscars still suffer a dearth of gay actors taking home gold, considering that not long ago to the queer community could not even get a mention at the Academy Awards–or just about anywhere else–we’ve come a a long, long way. But with Trump’s ugly administration hanging over the nation, the night also made clear how far we still have to go.

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14 Comments

  • PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID

    Tyrell looking NOTHING like I was expecting from just hearing his somewhat effete (though not unmasculine) beautiful voice beautiful but voice. Dayum!

    • Kangol

      Tarell Alvin McCraney is so handsome and talented. Woof!!!

  • TheMarc

    Kinda funny, sad and disillusioning that “Moonlight” was judged good enough to win the Best Picture Oscar; but not good enough to win a Queerty.

    • PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID

      Lol so true. Actuallly anti-lol

  • Sluggo2007

    Were we watching the Oscars last night or the BET Awards?

    • Kangol

      Eres un pendejo racista, sin verga o cabeza. Lick on that.

  • ErikO

    The whole thing with Lala land supposedly winning but then moonlight really winning was staged and scripted. Of course Hollywood claims to be liberal but in reality they’re not that liberal, there are lots of closeted bisexual and gay actors and actresses, and they refuse to admit that black people can be extremely homophobic and biphobic.

    • Kangol

      White homophobic and biphobic monsters are the ones that passed laws oppressing you and everyone else. Deal with it.

    • Ksb1978

      There are homophobic people in every race. No one is denying that. Your bias stating the black community is more homophobic is just bigoted.

  • Bob LaBlah

    The truth about what happened last night will never be known but I do believe some one intentionally handed Warren Beatty the wrong envelop. I hope at next years Oscars the winning envelop is brought out by a valet and handed to the presenter so that the chance of that happening again is about zero. Imagine how both parties felt after the error was discovered. Jimmy Kimmel needs to complain very loudly about what happened last night and not turn it into a sick joke for his monologue on tonights show.

  • Neonegro

    I think the Russians had something to do with it.

    That Putin is a moderfoker.

    • Mo Bro

      Here’s a thought for you, NN:
      If the Russians did, in fact, hack into and rig our presidential election, as the liberals and media would have us believe, then how the hell did Hillary end up with more votes . . . unless the Russkies were trying to rig it in HER favor? (more proof that the left doesn’t think before they speak).

  • Mo Bro

    Perhaps if they’d spent as much energy on being a, you know, AWARDS CEREMONY rather than obsessing over making political commentary, they might not have ended up with so much egg on their collective face.
    Is there anything grander than watching the smiles ripped from the smug?
    No. No, there is not.

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