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8 LGBTQ-themed films we hope to see at the 2020 Oscars

Now that the 2019 Academy Awards have come and gone, it’s time to look forward to the next year of film. Below are eight LGBT-centric films in the pipeline and/or making the film festival rounds, and we hope that they’re so good, the Academy will have no choice but to lavish them with Oscars.


Starring Ugly Betty vet Michael Arie, this short film tracks a young guy who goes down a Grindr rabbit hole into a Brooklyn wonderland where he starts up a relationship with an older couple.

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Directed by Transparent producer Rhys Ernst and based on a book by lesbian graphic novelist Ariel Schrag, this film follows the titular cis teen boy who goes with the flow when he’s mistaken for a trans boy.

Girls Weekend

Meanwhile, Transparent actress Amy Landecker has gone from that Amazon show to this project, the directorial debut of Kyra Sedgwick. The film follows a queer woman who clashes with her dysfunctional family, including a homophobic sister, a sycophantic mother, and a gun-toting father.

Esto no es Berlín (This Is Not Berlin)

A 17-year-old misfit in 1980s Mexico City sees his world turned upside down when he visits a “mythological queer nightclub” and discovers an underground culture of punk, sexual liberty, and drugs.

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Where’s My Roy Cohn?

Having directed Studio 54 and Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, gay documentarian Matt Tyrnauer turns his lens to the infamous McCarthy ally — long rumored to be gay — for this “thriller-like” documentary “revealing how a deeply troubled master manipulator shaped our current American nightmare.”

The Infiltrators

An out gay man is one of the main characters of this documentary-narrative mash-up, which chronicles the activism of a band of DREAMers who infiltrate America’s detention system with the intent of setting people free from the inside.

Plaire, aimer et courir vite (Sorry Angel)

Set in 1993, this French film tracks the romance between a 22-year-old student and an older Parisian writer who is living with AIDS and who feels jaded about love.


Last on this list but certainly not least is this upcoming Elton John biopic, due for release on May 31 and starring Taron Egerton. The Kingsmen alum’s performance has already won Elton’s stamp of approval, and the two artists performed a duet of “Tiny Dancer” at Elton’s Oscar party on February 24.