There were plenty of nods to the LGBT community at last night Oscars, from James Ivory thanking his late partner, Ismael Merchant when he took home the Best Adapted Screenplay award, to Daniela Vega became the first trans woman to present a category.
But for our money, the gayest moment in the ceremony was a slightly under the radar instant when Coco won Best Animated Feature and producer Darla K. Anderson thanked her wife, fellow Pixar producer Kori Rae (The Incredibles, Monsters University).
“Coco is proof that art can change and connect the world, and this can only be done when we have a place for everyone and anyone who feels like an other to be heard,” she told the assembled stars.Anderson and Rae actually tied the knot it 2004 while San Francisco was issuing same-sex marriage licenses, but those nuptials were later voided by the state Supreme Court. (They married again in 2008, before Proposition 8 took effect.)
Just moments after Anderson thanked Rae, co-director Adrian Molina thanked his family—including his husband.
— Adrian Molina (@AdrianTheMolina) March 5, 2018
“Love and thanks to my family, my Latino community, my husband Ryan—each for expanding my sense of what it means to be proud of who you are and where you’re from,” said Molina, a screenwriter on the film. “We hope the same thing for everyone who connected from this film.”
— Adrian Molina (@AdrianTheMolina) March 4, 2018
The lone hetero on the stage, director Lee Unkrich, thanked the people of Mexico,” claiming Coco “would not exist without your endlessly beautiful culture and traditions.”
The film, about a 12-year-old boy who journeys to the land of the dead to solve a mystery about his family’s musical history, also took home Best Original Song for “Remember Me,” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.
“When you look at a category like ours, it helps us imagine a world where all the categories look like this one,” said Kristen Anderson-Lopez.