Oscar snubs
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Gay-themed movies and the Oscars

Oscar snubs

In the 88 years that the Academy Awards have been given, not a single gay-themed movie has been named best picture, although a handful have been nominated and several actors have picked up Oscars for playing gay roles.

 (Clockwise from top left: Focus Features; Bill Matlock / Fox Searchlight Pictures; Phil Bray / Focus Features; Alex Bailey / The Weinstein Company)
Jon Voight, left, and Dustin Hoffman in “Midnight Cowboy.”
Jon Voight, left, and Dustin Hoffman in “Midnight Cowboy.” (United Artists)

Tom Hanks won an Oscar for his performace in 1993’s “Philadelphia,” but the film did not receive a picture nomination. 

 (Ken Regan )
‘Boys Don’t Cry’

Chloë Sevigny, left, and Hilary Swank star in Fox’s “Boys Don’t Cry” (1999). Swank went home with the best actress Oscar, but the film was not nominated in the picture category. 

 (Bill Matlock / Fox Searchlight Pictures)
‘Brokeback Mountain’

Many thought "Brokeback Mountain” (2005), starring Jake Gyllenhaal, left, and Heath Ledger, could put an end to Hollywood’s anti-gay bias and win best picture. Although Ang Lee won the directing Oscar, the academy instead chose "Crash” as best picture.

 (Kimberly French / Focus Features)

James Franco, left, and Sean Penn are Scott Smith and Harvey Milk, respectively, in “Milk” (2008). The film won Oscars for lead actor (Penn) and screenplay but lost in the best picture category. 

 (Phil Bray / Focus Features)

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan star in “Philomena” (2013), which was nominated for four Oscars, including best picture, but left the ceremony empty-handed. 

 (Alex Bailey / The Weinstein Company)
‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Matthew McConaughey is seen in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Although the film won two acting awards (for McCounaghey and Jared Leto), the academy wasn’t ready to anoint a story with gay overtones its top prize.

 (Focus Features)

Rooney Mara, left, and Cate Blanchett star in 2015’s “Carol,” which failed to receive a best picture nomination despite a number of other nominations.

 (Wilson Webb / The Weinstein Company)