As one Atlanta gay gadabout said to another this week, “He is excessively gay. I mean, Judy Garland would reanimate, slap him and tell him to turn it the fuck down gay.” That bit of eloquence is really close to what actually happens during this year’s Oscars.
It’s called the gay Super Bowl, often with little more than surface nods for gay fans. But even without red carpet gowns, Hollywood hunks, production numbers, celebrity bashing and Atlanta’s gayest watch parties, the 2014 Academy Awards telecast on Sunday would still be extra gay. Here’s why.
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Judy Garland's offspring team up on the original gay icon's hits from “The Wizard of Oz” on the movie’s 75th anniversary. Lorna Luft and Liza Minnelli (photo) are joined by Joey Luft for the gig. Whether this makes you say, “Yes!” or “Oh no,” you can’t deny it's gay. Terrifying yes, but gay as hell.
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With Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto (photo) as betting pool darlings and this AIDS movie in the running for best picture, the LGBTs will be cheering for a win or two. Even if the film does play fast and loose with the truth. Gays are all up in other Best Picture nods, too: Jonah Hill plays closeted in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and Judi Dench’s long lost “Philomena” son is gay as well.
The Ellen Show
Openly gay producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (photo) don’t just bring back DeGeneres and pour their own savoir faire all over the production. They also have “Wicked” and “Rent” icon Idina Menzel singing “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen.” Longtime LGBT ally Angela Lansbury’s lifetime honor can only be gayer if she does numbers from “Mame” and “Gypsy,” and Bette Midler is singing the "In Memoriam" tribute.
Queen of all badass divas goes glam, and her husband Carey Hart cleans up
hot nice, too. Nuff. Said.
Atlanta screen queens square off
Few would have the balls to challenge Out On Film director Jim Farmer to an Oscars duel, but the leader of Atlanta’s LGBT film fest and self-described “Oscars Nerd” got an offer he couldn’t refuse. Local HIV activist Mark King says he can best Farmer with Academy predictions. Farmer's predictions are similar, so it could get down to the nitty-gritty movie nerd categories. The two have been talking trash all week. You can also enter Out On Film's Oscars pool for prizes until Sunday at 7 p.m.
Hat tip to Atlanta magazine’s professional gay gadabout Rich Eldridge for the completely Oscars-unrelated Judy Garland quote in the lead of this post.