It was a pretty gay night at the 92nd annual Academy Awards…
The 92 annual Oscar extravaganza overtook Dolby Theatre on Sunday night for Hollywood’s biggest night. It was also a big night for representation for the LGBTQ community with plenty of amazing moments on the red carpet and throughout the entire evening.
Here are a few of our favourites.
Billy Porter rocks the red carpet in a dress… again
We all remember when last year when Billy Porter shut down the Oscar red carpet wearing that 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. This year Porter went… for gold. This year the singer/actor/red carpet superstar.
Porter turned up the 2020 Academy Awards in a custom look from Giles Deacon Couture that featured a gold, gilded feather top, and a graphic printed ball skirt. The look was completed with lace-up heels by Jimmy Choo, and Atelier Swarovski jewels.
Janelle Monae opens the show with a Mister Rogers-themed performance
Janelle Monae opened Sunday’s 92nd annual Academy Awards with a performance of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” paying tribute to the late Mister Rogers. Monae, who turned heads on the red carpet earlier in the night wearing a sparkling hooded gown by Ralph Lauren, took the stage in a Mister Rogers-inspired cardigan ensemble and at one point sang directly to Tom Hanks — who was nominated for best actor in a supporting role for his portrayal of Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
Later in the performance Monae said to the audience “I’m so proud to stand here as a black, queer artist telling stories,” before noting the importance of February, saying, “Happy Black History Month.”
Elton John performs and WINS ‘Best Original Song’
Elton John hit the Oscar stage to perform “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from the film Rocketman. After his electrifying performance, John won the Oscar for the Best Original Song Academy Award. The song was written and composed by John and his longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin, who has penned countless hits for and with the piano player throughout the decades, including “Your Song,” “Bennie and the Jets,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Candle in the Wind” and, appropriately, “Rocket Man.”
This is John’s second Oscar win out of four career nominations. He collected this trophy in 1995 for the track “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King, and he shared the prize with Tim Rice who penned the lyrics.
Renée Zellweger WINS the Oscar for Best Actress
Renée Zellweger took home the Best Actress statuette at the 2020 Oscars for her celebrated turn as gay icon Judy Garland in Judy. In her speech, Zellweger called our a list of those she admired, including Garland, Scorsese, Harriet Tubman and “our first responders” and said “our heroes unite us and inspire us to find the best in ourselves.”
Judy centers on the last stretch of ill-fated Garland’s life as a screen and stage star, as the actress arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts despite lingering addictions to alcohol and drugs that began in her early days as a movie starlet under the intense pressures of the studio system.