5 Standout Queer Moments From the 2022 Oscars

It was certainly a show to remember.

By Chris Rudolph and Sam Manzella

The 2022 Academy Awards took us on a journey.

From Ariana DeBose’s historic win to Will Smith’s onstage altercation with presenter Chris Rock, this year’s Oscars made for an emotional rollercoaster of a viewing experience. There might have been drama at the Dolby Theatre, but below, find a roundup of five standout moments for the LGBTQ community from the Oscars ceremony.

  1. Ariana DeBose’s historic win

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    The West Side Story actress and 2018 Logo30 honoree made herstory as the first openly queer woman of color to win Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film.

    During her poignant acceptance speech, DeBose took a moment to shout out her younger self: “Imagine this little girl in the back seat of a white Ford Focus, look into her eyes: You see a queer, openly queer woman of color, an Afro Latina who found her strength in life through art. And that’s what I believe we’re here to celebrate.” We’re not crying, you’re crying!

  2. Elliot Page. Period, end of sentence.

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    The Umbrella Academy star looked dapper as hell for his first time presenting at the Oscars since coming out as transgender in December 2020. He was joined onstage by Jennifer Garner and J.K. Simmons, his co-stars from Juno, Diablo Cody’s beloved 2007 comedy, for a mini 15-year reunion.

  3. Host Wanda Sykes’ King Richard drag

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    Need we say more?

  4. Jessica Chastain’s Best Actress acceptance speech

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    Chastain, who took home Best Lead Actress for her portrayal of beloved televangelist and LGBTQ ally Tammy Faye Baker, dedicated her win to the queer community with a moving speech.

    “Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States,” she began. “It’s touched many families. It’s touched mine and especially members of the LGBTQ community. … We’re faced with discriminatory and bigoted legislation that is sweeping our country with the only goal of further dividing us. … In times like this, I think of Tammy, and I’m inspired by her radical acts of love. For any of you out there who do, in fact, feel hopeless or alone, I just want you to know that you are unconditionally loved for the uniqueness that is you.”

  5. From Chromatica to Cabaret with Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli

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    The House of Gucci camp queen closed out the night by presenting the top honor, Best Picture, with “true showbiz legend” Liza Minnelli. At 76, Minnelli admitted she wasn’t totally sure what was going on, but Gaga saved the day with a touching moment, telling her, “I got you.” From Chromatica to Cabaret, name a more iconic duo. We dare you!

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