Going for Gold

Popes vs. hitmen, singers vs. bombshells: If Queerty picked the Oscar nominations

L to R: ‘Booksmart,’ ‘Pain & Glory,’ ‘US’

Hollywood wakes up early this Monday, January 13 in anticipation of Academy Award nominations, as the final stretch run of trophy season arrives at last.

This year has seen a decided decrease in the number of LGBTQ-themed films, which frustrates us to no end. That said, we did enjoy some great times at the cinema, and hope to see our favorite movies get a little love.

Just to be clear, we’re not really making predictions. This is our wish list of what might land on the Oscar roster, in our perfect Queerty world.

These performances won us over this year with cunning, surprise, and passion. Voting hasn’t ended yet, so Academy members if you’re reading this, we humbly submit these names for your consideration.

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Best Supporting Actor

  • Joe Pesci, The Irishman
  • Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
  • Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
  • Chris Cooper, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • Jamie Bell, Rocketman

That Tom Hanks—as much as we love him—is getting the buzz for Beautiful Day is a horrible injustice. For one thing, he’s barely in the movie. More importantly, though, Chris Cooper steals it outright from his costars with one of the best performances of the year. Ditto Pesci, who found his way out of retirement to remind us all how wonderful he is. Hopkins gives one of his best performances in years, channeling all the creepiness of Pope Benedict. Bell outshines his costars in Rocketman, and Waititi gives an outstanding comic performance as a unicorn-eating Hitler. Call it the most eclectic category of the year, and one that has the potential to get very interesting.

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