Ellen comes to the defense of Kevin Hart, wants him to still host Oscars

By : Jeremy Williams
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Ellen DeGeneres came to the defense of Kevin Hart in an interview with the actor-comedian on her talk show saying the Academy Awards should ask Hart back to host the Oscars.

Hart stepped down from hosting the annual Hollywood celebration after homophobic tweets sent between 2009 and 2011 resurfaced online.

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With Kevin Hart’s downfall, hosting the Oscars got harder

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LOS ANGELES (AP) | The “most thankless job in town” just got even more difficult.

The Oscars have a longstanding host problem, but Kevin Hart’s swift downfall over old anti-gay tweets has led to bigger questions about the gig and the liability of social media histories.

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Adam Rippon is off the market, meets new man on Tinder

By : Jeremy Williams
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Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon is having quite the year, and it’s only April.

He won a bronze medal at the Winter Olympics earlier this year becoming the first openly gay U.S. male athlete to do so. Rippon also became a headline maker, first calling out Vice President Mike Pence for his anti-LGBTQ views, then doing a media tour as the self-proclaimed new “America’s Sweetheart,” and making huge fans out of everyone from E! News host Justin Sylvester to Sally Field’s son to to another American Sweetheart, Reese Witherspoon. He even got social media buzzing when he appeared on the red carpet of the Academy Awards in a leather harness/tux combo.

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03.08.18 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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Many people find the idea of award shows ridiculous. They look at it as a self-serving pat-on-the-back and congratulations generally bestowed in industries viewed as overpaid and as jobs that are easy to do.

I love them though, especially the Oscars. The first time I ever sat down to watch the Oscars, officially called “The Academy Awards,” was when I was 10 years old. It was 1990 and I was watching Saturday morning cartoons when a commercial advertising the Oscar telecast came on.

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Oscars make history, quietly, with transgender nominees

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ABOVE: Daniela Vega from “A Fantastic Woman.”

NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar nods for women and minorities drew many of the headlines in Tuesday’s nominations, but this year’s Academy Awards also mark a breakthrough for transgender filmmakers.

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‘A Fantastic Woman’ could lead to trans history at Oscars

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TORONTO (AP) – A transgender Chilean actress has turned in one of the most buzzed-about performances of the year and some are hoping she could be the first trans actor to land an Oscar nomination.

Daniela Vega, 28, stars in Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman.” She plays Marina, a transgender woman whose partner (Francisco Reyes) dies, after which Marina is subjected to harsh treatment by the family of her deceased lover and by police investing the death.

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Miami street to be renamed in honor of ‘Moonlight’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Moonlight” will be getting a permanent honor in Miami.

Miami New Times reports that a street located in Miami-Dade County’s Liberty City will be renamed “Moonlight Way.” The street stretches from NW 22nd Avenue from NW 61st Street to NW 66th Street.

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“Moonlight” becomes first LGBTQ film to win Best Picture Oscar

By : Jeremy Williams
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After the biggest blunder in Oscar history, the film Moonlight became the first LGBTQ-themed movie to win the Best Picture honor at the Academy Awards Feb. 26.

The error occurred when presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were mistakenly given the envelope for Best Actress, which went to Emma Stone for La La Land, instead of the Best Picture envelope. After Beatty looked confusingly at the card Dunaway announced La La Land as the winner.

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The Academy Awards this year are #OscarsLessWhite

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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This year’s Academy Award ceremony will certainly look a lot different than last year’s.

Last year, for the second year in a row, the entire slate of nominees in the four acting categories were white. This year, in a historic first, there are six African-American actors nominated in the four acting categories. Denzel Washington is nominated in the lead actor category for his grand-slam performance in August Wilson’s “Fences.” Ruth Negga is nominated in the lead actress category for her finely nuanced portrayal of reluctant civil rights pioneer Mildred Loving in “Loving.”

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HRC prefers ‘Lion’ over ‘Moonlight’ for Best Picture?

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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One week before the 89th Academy Awards ceremony was set to take place in Hollywood on Sunday night, Feb. 26, a full-page ad appeared in the New York Times arts section on Feb. 17 listing Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin as one of “21 voices on why Lion is the Best Picture of the Year.”

The ad includes a quote from Griffin praising “Lion,” a highly acclaimed film about an adopted child from India who, as a young adult, searches for his biological family and self-identity. The film doesn’t have any LGBT-related content or storyline.

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Oscar push for transgender actresses of “Tangerine”

By : Jeremy Williams
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For the first time in the 88 years the Academy has handed out Oscars, a movie distributor is pushing for nominations for transgender actresses.

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor star in Tangerine, a Sundance hit about two transgender prostitutes on a Christmas Eve adventure through Los Angeles. The campaign, from Duplass Brothers Production who produced the film and Magnolia Pictures who distributed it, will push for Rodriguez for Best Actress and Taylor for Best Supporting Actress.

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