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Colman Domingo’s Oscar Nomination Is Solely the Second of Its Variety

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Colman Domingo joined a rarefied membership on Tuesday: With an Oscar nomination for his efficiency because the civil rights activist Bayard Rustin in “Rustin,” he grew to become solely the second brazenly homosexual man to be nominated for enjoying a homosexual character. Ian McKellen was the primary, in 1999, for “Gods and Monsters” and his portrayal of James Whale, the real-life director of the long-lasting Nineteen Thirties horror movies “Frankenstein” and “Bride of Frankenstein.”

Andrew Scott was additionally thought-about a possible nominee for his heart-wrenching function as a homosexual screenwriter in “All of Us Strangers,” however he was not acknowledged.

Over the a long time, many straight male actors have earned Oscar nominations for enjoying L.G.B.T.Q. characters, and fairly just a few of them received a statuette: William Damage received in 1986 for portraying a transgender lady in “Kiss of the Spider Girl”; Tom Hanks in 1994 for his function as a lawyer dying of AIDS in “Philadelphia”; Sean Penn in 2009 for enjoying Harvey Milk in “Milk”; Jared Leto in 2014 for enjoying a transgender lady in “Dallas Consumers Membership”; Rami Malek in 2019 for his flip as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”; and final 12 months, Brendan Fraser for enjoying a 600-pound homosexual man in “The Whale” — to call just a few.

On Tuesday, that checklist additionally grew longer with the nomination of Bradley Cooper for his function because the storied American conductor Leonard Bernstein in “Maestro.” Bernstein had relationships with each women and men, and the movie focuses totally on Bernstein’s private life.

Whereas there have been cases of homosexual or bisexual males securing nominations for enjoying straight characters, usually these actors’ sexual orientation wasn’t public data upfront: Marlon Brando, for instance, who had relationships with men and women, received two Oscars, in 1955 for “On the Waterfront” and in 1973 for “The Godfather”; and Kevin Spacey received in 1996 for “The Common Suspects” and in 2000 for “American Magnificence.”

In a 2016 interview with The Guardian, McKellen addressed the imbalance, referring to the numerous straight males who’ve received for enjoying homosexual: “How intelligent, how intelligent. What about giving me one for enjoying a straight man?”

He famous that he himself had ready a speech every time he was nominated and “I’ve needed to put it again in my pocket twice.”

“No brazenly homosexual man has ever received the Oscar,” he went on, including dryly, “I’m wondering if that’s prejudice or likelihood.”