Let’s face it: Any awards show is going to attract a gay following. That said, this year’s Golden Globe Awards should have its own pride parade, including a plentiful selection of LGBT nominees in both film and TV.
Gay fans have more to cheer about this year than just red carpet fashion, straight girl besties Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (top photo), or drunk Hollywood hunks. These are the nominees to watch that make the annual telecast this Sunday night so gay.
‘The Normal Heart’
Ryan Murphy’s acclaimed version of Larry Kramer’s play, depicting the rise of HIV/AIDS in New York in the ‘80s, debuted on HBO last year after decades of turnaround. It’s a strong contender in the Best TV Movie or Miniseries field.
Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer
A movie this gay gets another spot on our list just for its cast and crew. Ruffalo (photo, left) is up for Best Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries playing Larry Kramer’s alter ego. (He’s also up for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his role in the homoerotic “Foxcatcher.”) He is joined by out actor Bomer (right), contending for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie for his turn as the ill-fated boyfriend.
'The Imitation Game'
In a year of high-profile LGBT films, this is the most mainstream. In it, uber-popular Benedict Cumberbatch (photo, left) plays gay WWII codebreaker Alan Turing. The film is nominated for Best Motion Picture Drama, while Cumberbatch is nominated for Best Actor and Keira Knightley is up for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.
This Out On Film festival's Audience Award winner in Atlanta last year is perhaps the most surprising of all the nominees. Nominated for Best Motion Comedy or Musical, it’s a plucky tale charting the real-life story of a group of gay activists who band to raise money for the British miner’s strike in 1984 (photo). It’s a small movie that got a little lost in its fall theatrical release. Root like hell for it here, and then check out the just-released DVD if you missed it.
'Orange is the New Black'
Nominated as Best TV Comedy or Musical, this ground-breaking television show set in a women’s prison has some of the most appealing characters around (photo), many of them LGBT like the one played by the amazing breakout star Laverne Cox.
Uzo 'Crazy Eyes' Aduba
Another “OITNB” actor in an LGBT role is nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie. Nothing like her larger than life character (photo), who wanted the show’s lead character Piper to be her prison wife in the first season, Aduba tells Project Q that she found common ground with Crazy Eyes. “I feel so proud of the work we are all doing,” she said. “I connected with (the character’s) heart. Her other stuff is a little outside of my bounds, but the heart and want for love, I connected to that.”
'Into the Woods'
If being a musical wasn’t enough to earn its place here, director Rob Marshall and composer Stephen Sondheim – both out and proud – get the job done. The movie is nominated for Best Comedy/Musical Film, and both Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep (photo) are up for acting awards. Chris Pine dancing around the forest as a prince was one of the gayest moments of 2014.
This film about the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights marches is up for Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Director and Best Actor, among others. Gay actor and director Chad Darnell was one of the film’s casting directors, throwing in lots of local performers and casting hundreds of extras (photo). “I didn’t sleep for about a month,” he quips to Project Q.
Julianne Moore (photo) is a likely Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama winner for her stirring turn as a woman with Alzheimer’s. What you might not know is that the film is written by Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer, a gay couple who also made LGBT themed films such as “Quinceañera.”
What happens when a family in L.A. finds out that its patriarch is coming out as transgender? The show, airing on Amazon, is nominated for Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy, and its lead Jeffrey Tambor (photo) is up for Best Actor.
'How to Get Away with Murder'
The revered Viola Davis is contending for a Best Actress in a TV drama award this year. Between flipping off her wig and finding her husband’s penis on a dead girl’s cell phone, she is a shoo-in. Besides, the show itself is pretty damn gay. If you missed the fall’s steamy gay sex scene between a show’s lawyer and his boyfriend (video), you clearly must have been in another hemisphere.
A few years ago, Jodie Foster used her Lifetime Achievement Award as an opportunity to set the record straight on her personal life. Longtime Globe bridesmaid Spacey (photo) is expected to finally win this year for his turn on “House of Cards.” We can only dream he’ll do the same.
The 72nd annual Golden Globes Awards airs Sunday, Jan. 11 on NBC, 8 p.m.