Before we get into the highlights of the 86th Annual Academy Awards (The Oscars, if you’re nasty), let’s take a moment to bask. Ellen DeGeneres, arguably the world’s most famous lesbian and your grandmother’s favorite person, hosted the event, rocking tux after fabulous tux. Yes. An out lesbian wearing designer tuxes, hosted the freaking Oscars. Are you thoroughly basked?
Ellen Degeneres Opening Monologue for the 2014 Oscars
LESBIAN SOLIDARITY we will take over the world with humor and fresh kicks.
Ellen DeGeneres’ best joke from her opening Oscar monologue.
Ellen DeGeneres is on the cover of People magazine this week, and inside she talks about hosting the Oscars (this Sunday night!), coming out and her relationship with Portia. (For the record, they are very much in love.) An excerpt on coming out:
After I came out, I went through a really tough time. And that’s okay. For whatever reason, it was a big deal for me to come out. To me, my coming out was the equivalent of if Liberace had come out. I didn’t think it was going to be that much of a surprise. What hurt was this: Does that label, that word, change my talent, my kindness, my heart, my intention for entertaining people? I thought everyone knew me, and I didn’t think that one little adjective was going to define me.
Plus Fortune Feimster on “Conan” and more.
Good news, everyone: 2 Broke Girls writer-producer and blazer-loving gay lady, Liz Feldman is bringing a lesbian lead character to network television. The AfterEllen.com alum who gave us “This Just Out with Liz Feldman,” recently got the green light from NBC for her very own series pilot, One Big Happy. The multi-cam sitcom focuses on a lesbian and her best lesbro who decide to have a baby together, just as he meets the love of his life.
We talked to Liz about her never-ending mission to bring lesbian characters to network television, why hosting “This Just Out” was one of the happiest times in her life, and how her recurring dreams about Ellen DeGeneres literally came true.
The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced this morning and the only real surprise is that Blue Is the Warmest Color didn’t get a nod for Best Foreign Film. Things were looking good for the year’s most talked about lesbian movie, especially after its Golden Globe nomination; maybe that NC-17 rating really did kill its chances like so many critics predicted. The full list of nominees reads like a list of Who’s Who in White Hollywood. The only nominees of color played slaves (and a lone Somali pirate). Also discouraging: Most of the writing nominees and all of the directing nominees are dudes. Here’s hoping Ellen brings her gayest A-game to woo us through the show!
Check out the full list of nominees below:
Amy Adams, (American Hustle)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity);
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
June Squibb (Nebraska)
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
12 Years a Slave
Dallas Buyers Club
The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Animated Feature
The Wind Rises
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Wolf of Wall Street)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Jonah Hill (Wolf of Wall Street)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)
David O. Russell (American Hustle)
Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
Best Original Screenplay
David O. Russell and Eric Singer (American Hustle)
Bob Nelson (Nebraska)
Spike Jonze (Her)
Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club)
Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine)
Best Adapted Screenplay
John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater, (Before Midnight )
Terence Winter, (The Wolf of Wall Street )
Billy Ray, (Captain Phillips)
Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, (Philomena)
Best Foreign Film
Denmark, The Hunt
Belgium, The Broken Circle Breakdown
Italy, The Great Beauty
Cambodia, The Missing Picture
Best Documentary Feature
20 Feet from Stardom
The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
“Alone Yet Not Alone” (Alone Yet Not Alone)
“Happy” (Despicable Me 2)
“Let It Go” (Frozen)
“The Moon Song” (Her)
“Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
What do you think of the 2014 Oscar nominees?
The end of every year is heavy with Best! and Worst! lists, which is silly and fun but ultimately it just means Stuff The Writer Really Liked or Loathed. Now that we’re in the swing of another year of new television, I thought we’d take a minute to think in more specific terms about LGBT visibility and ask: What are the most important shows on TV right now? You know, the ones that are still changing the minds of the people who don’t believe in marriage equality and showing the way to religious parents who reject their gay childrens’ sexualities and pushing pop culture (which pushes political legislation) firmly toward the correct side of history. Below are 14 shows we think are actually changing the world.