It’s finally here! The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences annual, self-congratulatory celebration Sunday! Today we get back some of the money we’ve lost playing all those fucking office sports pools by picking the Oscar winners. (Next month they’ll start with that damn bracket shit again).
Until then, we can revel in all the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown’s shiniest night of year. Often called the “Gay Super Bowl,” no Oscar ceremony would be complete without trivia, gay trivia.
How many out gay and lesbian Oscar winners can you name?
2017 Tarell Alvin McCraney, Best Adapted Screenplay, Moonlight
2017 Byron Howard, Best Animated Feature, Zootopia
2017 Benj Pasek, Best Music, Original Song: “City of Stars” from La La Land
2016 Sam Smith, Best Original Song for “Writing’s on the Wall,”
2009 Dustin Lance Black, Best Original Screen Play, for “Milk”
2007 Mellissa Etheridge, Best Original Song for ““I Need To Wake Up,”
2003 Pedro Almodóvar, Best Original Screenplay for “Talk to Her” in 2003.
2000 Pedro Almodóvar, Best Foreign Language Film for “All About My Mother,”
2000 John Corigliano, Best Original Score for “The Red Violin”
2000 Alan Ball, Best Original Screen Play for “American Beauty”
1999 Bill Condon, Best Original Screen Play for “Gods & Monsters”
1995 Sir Elton John, Best Original Song for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?”
1991 Stephen Sondheim, Best Original Song for “Sooner or Later”
1992 Howard Ashman, Best Original Song for “Beauty and the Beast” (posthumously, after passed away from AIDS)
1990 Howard Ashman Best Original Song, for “Under the Sea”
1985 and 1990 Rob Epstein, Best Documentary Feature, “The Times of Harvey Milk” and “Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt”
1982 Sir John Gielgud for Best Supporting Actor in “Arthur”
Gielgud is considered by most to be the first gay Oscar winner* for his portray of Hobson, the butler and uttering the immortal line, “Perhaps you would like me to come in there and wash your dick for you, you little shit.”
*Joel Gray won his Oscar for “Cabaret” in 1973 but didn’t come out until 2015
Jody Foster won her Oscar for “The Silence of the Lambs” in 1992 but didn’t come out until 2013