Diversity breakthroughs give cause for optimism in this year’s Oscar nominations
It’s Oscars weekend. And after the #OscarsSoWhite furore of last year, 2017 is looking more promising for diversity, especially in the Best Picture category. Hidden Figures shines light on a trio of African-American women scientists who worked at NASA during the Space Race. Lion stars British actor Dev Patel in a true story based on Indian-Australian author Saroo Brierley’s book ‘A Long Way Home’. And Fences has brought Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress nominations for Denzel Washington and Viola Davis respectively.
Most intriguing of all, though, is Moonlight: the coming-of-age tale about life and love as a black gay man in the US. Mahershala Ali, who plays the paternal figure to our young hero, is the firm favourite for Best Supporting Actor. The film also features the UK’s Naomie Harris – another nominee for Best Supporting Actress – who today received her OBE for services to drama.
Can Moonlight win the Oscar? A fitting end to LGBT History Month
In celebration of LGBT History Month, here are our top 5 films on the theme. An after-work screening might be just the thing for your LGBT staff network.
Charming British comedy inspired by the solidarity between a London LGBT group and a struggling Welsh community during the Miners’ Strike.
Nominated (and snubbed) for six Oscars last year, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara star in this tale of forbidden romance in 1950s New York.
3. My Own Private Idaho
A 90s road-romance and unlikely twist on Shakespeare’s Henry IV/V, featuring Keanu Reeves and the late River Phoenix as a pair of young street hustlers.
An Oscar winner for Best Original Screenplay for Dustin Lance Black, chronicling the life of California’s first openly gay public official, Harvey Milk.
1. My Beautiful Laundrette
Four years before the first of his three Oscar wins, a young Daniel Day-Lewis stars in this landmark urban romance, set in the Pakistani community of 1980s Battersea.
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