6 Gay Films That Should Have Been Nominated For Oscars This Year



Yes, 2015 was a good year for queer film: From comedies and biopics to documentaries and dramas, LGBT lives were presented on screen in ways we’d never seen before.

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But there wasn’t a ton of love for LGBT movies at the Academy Awards. While The Imitation Game will probably go home with at least a few Oscars, many have complained the film downplayed Alan Turing’s sexuality and tragic death.

And other critically acclaimed fare didn’t even get nominated. Below, we celebrate five LGBT movies that got snubbed by the Academy.

The Case Against 8

The Case Against 8

Ben Cotner and Ryan White dug into the events leading up to  the momentous Supreme Court decision that overturned Proposition 8, California’s ban on marriage equality, offering new insights and interviews with the plaintiffs and other key figures in this historic legal battle.

Should have been nominated for: Best Documentary Feature

Saint Laurent

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Unlike The Imitation Game, this unrestrained biopic examines Yves Saint Laurent’s love life head on—especially his relationship with boyfriend/business partner Pierre Bergé (Jérémie Renier), who devoted his life to keeping the designert (played by Gaspard Ulliel) from self-destructing.

Should have been nominated for: Best Supporting Actor for Jérémie Renier and Best Costume Design for Anaïs Romand.

Stranger By The Lake

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Both unnerving and erotic, this explicit French thriller won Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Best Director Award for Alain Guiraudie, and stars Pierre Deladonchamps and Christophe Paou as gay men who become murder suspects at a lakeside cruising spot.

Should have been nominated for: Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director for Alain Guiraudie

6. The Circle


Director Stefan Haupt recounts the story of Röbi Rapp and Ernst Ostertag, the first same-sex married couple in Switzerland, who met in the 1930s as part of the pioneer group of gay men known as The Circle.

While Haupt is obviously mining the historical record, he brings such a sense of modernity it’s easy to forget The Circle is set more than 70 years ago.

Should have been nominated for: Best Director for Stefan Haupt

The Way He Looks

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Daniel Ribeiro’s heart-tugger follows a blind Brazilian teen, Leonardo (Ghilherme Lobo), facing unfamiliar feelings when a new student, Gabriel, arrives in town. The unusual first-love tale nabbed top honors at Outfest and the Teddy Award for best LGBT feature at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Should have been nominated for: Best Actor for Ghilherme Lobo


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A sort of Stonewall meets The Full Monty, Pride tells the real-life story of queer activists who decide to help striking miners in 1980s England—whether they want the help or not.

Yes, it’s a tad predictable—and likely stretched historical facts—but Pride’s humor and emotional resonance is strong enough to see it through.

Should have been nominated for: Best Picture

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.