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

By : Wire Report
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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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Oscar-winning writer Graham Moore honors Alan Turing in speech

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Graham Moore brought the Academy Awards audience to its feet in a standing ovation when the Oscar winner for best adapted screenplay revealed during an emotional acceptance speech that as an awkward, unhappy teenager he had attempted suicide.

“When I was 16 years old I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong,” said Moore, his voice quavering with emotion as he cradled his Oscar for “The Imitation Game.”

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Overheard in Tampa Bay : The host of The Jorge Show will be recording live at Hamburger Mary’s in Clearwater

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Metro goes for ‘gold’
The Annual Academy Awards are upon us March 2, and what better way to celebrate the best of Hollywood than with a fundraising party on the beach? Metro Wellness and Community Centers will host its first ever Oscar party, dubbed The Gold Party, at the Bilmar Beach Resort on Treasure Island. Tickets include food, drinks, a red-carpet entrance and, of course, the broadcast of the awards show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. Money raised from ticket sales benefit the organization’s new LGBT Welcome/Youth Center set to open on Central Avenue this summer. Sponsors of the party include Watermark, Creative Loafing, Georgie’s Alibi, TIGLFF, Balance Tampa Bay and more. Tickets are available at MetroTampaBay.org.

Jorge’s big party
Jorge Alvarado is bringing back his newest season of his talk show in a big way—with an all out party and live recording at Hamburger Mary’s in Clearwater on March 1 and March 4, respectively. The fabulous host of The Jorge Show will host VIPs on March 1 to celebrate the launch of his second season on the air. And on March 4, he’ll record his season premiere at the same location to be shown Friday, March 7, on Channel 32. The show discusses celebrities, fashion and local events and is not surrounded by other paid programming. The show premiered last January on the Tampa Bay Community Network. This will be the first season to broadcast on WMOR TV and Estrella-TV. For details, check out TheJorgeShow.com.

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