It was a pretty gay night at the 91st annual Academy Awards…
After months of controversy, the Oscars finally handed out their coveted golden statuettes on Sunday night. There was no mention of Kevin Hart, who stepped down as host after his past homophobic remarks resurfaced… But, thankfully, there were plenty of amazing LGBTQ moments throughout the evening. Here are six of our favourites.
Billy Porter shuts the red carpet down in a Christian Siriano velvet tuxedo gown
Singer and actor Billy Porter made his grand entrance wearing an all-black, one-of-a-kind design by Christian Siriano that featured a bow tie, ruffle-cuff white shirt, a classic tuxedo jacket and a full-skirted black gown.
Speaking with Vogue magazine before he walked the red carpet, the Pose star said Siriano wanted to play with the masculine and the feminine.
“This look was interesting because it’s not drag. I’m not a drag queen, I’m a man in a dress,” he told Vogue.
“People are going to be really uncomfortable with my black a** in a ball gown — but it’s not anybody’s business but mine,” he said.
Shangela walked the Oscar red carpet with Jenifer Lewis!
Step aside she’s back again! Shangela Laquifa Wadley, the beloved multi-season RuPaul’s Drag Race competitor was another true red carpet highlight of the evening.
Shangela strutted down the Oscar red carpet wearing a gorgeous layered gown with heavy embroidery cascading down from the bodice and spilling into the multi layered train. New York City-based designer Diego Montoya designed the show-stopping gown as well as Lewis’s custom copper suit.
Adam Lambert opened the hostless award show
Queen, with openly gay singer singer Adam Lambert, opened the 91st annual Academy Awards with a powerful, abridged version of the group’s 1977 double-sided single, “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.”
Lambert, clad in a sparkling turquoise jacket with black pants, a black shirt and black cravat, belted out the two Queen hits, originally sung by Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991.
Bette Midler performs Mary Poppins Returns song
Gay icon Bette Midler stepped out on the Oscar stage on Sunday night wearing a floral sheer Marc Jacobs gown to perform “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” from Mary Poppins Returns. The original song was performed by lead actress Emily Blunt in the film.
Lady Gaga wins her first Oscar
Lady Gaga is officially an Oscar winner!
On Sunday night, on of the LGBTQ communities fiercest allies took home best original song for “Shallow” from A Star Is Born. Gaga was overwhelmed with emotions as she made her way to the stage to accept her awards. During her acceptance speech Gaga encouraged everyone watching to work hard and never give up on their dreams. “If you have a dream, fight for it,” she said.
Rami Malek wins best actor Oscar for Bohemian Rhapsody
Rami Malek won the Oscar for best actor at the 91st Academy Awards for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury, the bisexual HIV-positive frontman of legendary rock band Queen, in the film Bohemian Rhapsody.
“We made a film about a gay man who was an immigrant, who lived his life unapologetically,” said Malek onstage.
“It’s proof we’re looking for a story like this” added the actor in regards to the movies that we should see more of on screen.
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