It was a good night for representation at the 90th annual Academy Awards…
Well… Call Me By Your Name didn’t win Best Picture (Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water took home the coveted award), but there were still plenty of amazing LGBTQ moments at the Oscars last night. Here are five of our favourites.
Adam Rippon sets the red carpet aflame
Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon hit the 2018 Oscar red carpet wearing a black deconstructed Moschino by Jeremy Scott suit with a black leather harness underneath.
The newly minted gay icon, who won a bronze medal as part of the United States’ figure skating team, instantly grabbed the internet’s attention with the S&M-inspired ensemble. Most notably… Tyra Banks called the look “Hoe, but make it fashion” on Twitter:
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) March 4, 2018
A Fantastic Woman wins Best Foreign Language Film
The audience cheered as Sebastián Lelio’s critically-acclaimed film A Fantastic Woman scooped up the award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th annual Oscar bash. The Chilean film follows the story of a transgender bar singer named Marina, played by Vega, who is transgender herself. In the film, Marina receives infuriating discrimination from doctors and police and contempt from her lover’s ex-wife when her boyfriend dies.
Daniela Vega became the first openly transgender person to present an Oscar
Daniela Vega became the first openly transgender person to present an award at the Oscars when she hit the stage to present the award for Best Original Song, which went to Coco’s “Remember Me”.
“It’s something very special, something important, because when you unlock the door, the idea is that the door stays open,” the Chilean actress told W.
Sufjan Stevens performs “Mystery of Love”
Sufjan Stevens was nominated for Best Original Song for his song “Mystery of Love,” which appears on the soundtrack for Call Me by Your Name. Unfortunately, Stevens didn’t end up winning, the statue went to “Remember Me” from the animated film Coco.
Stevens was joined onstage by St. Vincent, Moses Sumney, Chris Thile (of Punch Brothers and “Live From Here”), as well as his frequent collaborators Casey Foubert and James McAlister.
You can watch the incredible performance below.
James Ivory wins Best Adapted Screenplay
Call Me by Your Name was nominated for several Oscars – including Best Actor (Timothée Chalamet) and Best Picture – but, the coming-of-age drama only took home the award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Openly gay writer James Ivory, who is the oldest person to win an Oscar at age 89, started off by thanking André Aciman, the author of the novel on which the film is based.
“Whether straight or gay or somewhere in between, we’ve all gone through first love, I hope, mostly intact,” Ivory said.
He also thanked “my life’s partners, who are gone.”
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