90th Annual Academy Awards - Show

Out at the Oscars - Celebrating LGBTQ Films and Filmmakers

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The 90th Academy Awards saw LGBTQ films and filmmakers breaking barriers and making a splash, from movies like "Call Me by Your Name" to the creators of the animated-winner, "Coco."

James Ivory, Best Adapted Screenplay David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Image James Ivory, Best Adapted Screenplay At 89 years old, James Ivory became the oldest winner of a competitive Oscar. "Call Me By Your Name," the story of a summer of love between 17-year-old Elio and a suave grad student, Oliver, began as a novel in 2007. It was James Ivory who painstakingly adapted Andre Aciman's book to bring it to life on the big screen, infamous peach scene and all. “Whether straight or gay or somewhere in between," Ivory said in his acceptance speech, "we’ve all gone through first love and come out the other side in tact."
"Coco," Best Animated Feature Film Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images "Coco," Best Animated Feature Film Adrian Molina (left) thanked his husband and Darla K. Anderson (right) thanked her wife when accepting the award for best Animated Feature Film for their work on "Coco." The film, a celebration of Mexican culture, featured characters with backgrounds not usually seen in Hollywood blockbusters. "Coco is proof that art can change and connect the world and this can only be done when have a place for everyone and anyone who feels like an 'other' to be heard," said Anderson. Her co-producer Lee Unkrich (pictured center) added, "Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong. Representation matters." "A Fantastic Woman," Foreign Language Film Kevin Winter/Getty Images "A Fantastic Woman," Foreign Language Film The Chilean film "A Fantastic Woman" tells the story of a transgender woman grieving following the death of her partner. The star of the film, Daniela Vega, made history earlier in the night as the first openly transgender person to present an award at the Oscars. When accepting the Oscar, director Sebastian Lelio thanked Vega, whom he called "the inspiration for this movie." Yance Ford, Nominee, Documentary Feature Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Yance Ford, Nominee, Documentary Feature (Pictured with his wife)

Though he did not take home the Oscar, Yance Ford made history as the first openly transgender director to be nominated for an Academy Award. His documentary film, Strong Island, tells the story of the murder of Ford's older brother in 1992 and the racial biases in the subsequent investigation. On making Oscars history, Ford told ABC News, "When I was young I didn't see anyone who was trans like me anywhere in the movies, and if by being a visible trans nominee can help any young person anywhere know that they will be OK, I embrace that and I wave that flag proudly."
Dee Rees, Nominee, Best Adapted Screenplay ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images Dee Rees, Nominee, Best Adapted Screenplay (Left, pictured with her partner, Sarah M. Broom, right)

Dee Rees, the trailblazing queer filmmaker, made history as the first black woman to be nominated for best adapted screenplay. Though she did not win, her film, "Mudbound" received a total of four Oscar nominations. The film, adapted from a 2008 novel, tells the story of two families, one white and one black, in Mississippi during World War II. Until now, Rees was best known for her 2011 film "Pariah," a semi-autobiographical story of a queer black teenager coming to terms with her identity.
Rachel Morrison, Nominee, Cinematography ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images Rachel Morrison, Nominee, Cinematography Rachel Morrison, of Mudbound, made history by becoming the first woman, and the first out lesbian, nominated for an Academy Award in Cinematography. "There's no stopping us," Morrison told The Hollywood Reporter when her nomination was announced. Adam Rippon, Olympic Bronze Medalist, Best Dressed on the Red Carpet Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Adam Rippon, Olympic Bronze Medalist, Best Dressed on the Red Carpet Oh wait... there's no Academy Award for best dressed. But come on, Rippon and that harness deserve an honorable mention on this list, right?
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