Queer Girl Friday: Queer TIFF News, LGBTQIA+ Emmy Nominees and Winners So Far

Theodore Pellerin stars as “Xavier” and Lucas Hedges stars as “Jared” in Joel Edgerton’s BOY ERASED, a Focus Features release.

I’m Selina, Awards Circuit’s queer Girl Friday for everything LGBTQIA+ in TV and film! We’re just days away from the 2018 Primetime Emmys, where the best and brightest in television will vie for top honors (if “Game of Thrones” doesn’t just sweep every category, that is). But before we talk the Emmys race, there’s been some great rainbow news coming out of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this week. Here are the rainbow stories earning all the ink:

Wide Management Buys French Rights to Slovenian LGBTQIA+ Drama “Consequences”

The first film by a Slovenian filmmaker to play at TIFF in the past 10 years has drawn interest from multiple buyers; Darko Štante’s “Consequences (Posledice),” whose North American rights have already been acquired by Uncork’d Entertainment, has also sold its French rights to Epicentre Films.

Štante’s drama follows a closeted gay man (Matej Zemljic) who struggles with his secret as he tries to survive inside a brutal detention center. The film is Štante’s directorial debut, and is based own experiences working in a youth correctional facility. “Consequences” is one of the first LGBTQIA+ films to come out of Slovenia, making its warm reception even more historic, and buyers’ interest in the drama is well-deserved. Epicentre Films’ Daniel Chabannes and Corentin Sénéchal said of the film:

“We were seduced by the power of the mise-en-scene and brilliant performances. This is a Slovenian Fish Tank that sharply portrays idle youth who have lost their bearings, but who are ultimately in search of love.”

“Boy Erased” Enjoys Rave Reviews

Joel Edgerton’s “Boy Erased” is an LGBTQIA+ coming of age drama based on Garrard Conley’s memoir of the same name. Starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Edgerton and more, the film follows a preacher’s son forced to attend a gay conversion therapy program. The film, a heart-wrenching look at the mental torture and discrimination queer people still face, blew audiences away during its Telluride world premiere, and continued to stun at its TIFF international premiere. Its 87% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t hurt, either.

Basically? “Boy Erased” (which premieres in theaters Nov. 2) sounds like Oscar-bait that’s worth the hype. Listen to “Boy Erased” star Troye Sivan talk about the film–and its importance for queer youth– below.

Lady Gaga Gets Standing Ovation for “A Star Is Born”

OK, so there’s nothing specifically LGBTQIA+ about “A Star Is Born” besides the Shangela and Willam cameos. But Lady Gaga’s in it, which makes this film iconic, and we all know we’re buying tickets to anything starring Lady Gaga as soon as it premieres. But according to reports coming out of TIFF, we’ll be spending money to see a damn good film. The work Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga and the rest of the cast and crew has been commended in multiple TIFF Q&As, with collaborating musician Lukas Nelson (yes, Willie Nelson’s son) commending Gaga, saying she “destroyed every single scene [she was] in.” His praise sparked an eruption of applause from the audience, who gave Lady Gaga a standing ovation as she fought back tears. Watch the moment below.

Emmys Update: Who’s Won Thus Far

As most of y’all know, Monday night’s show doesn’t include all the Emmy winners; the Creative Arts Emmys, which already happened, hand out awards for categories the audience might not want to sit through. I’d watch whatever they aired and ditch the boring host sketches, but that’s just me. The full list of Creative Arts Emmy award winners is here, but I definitely need to shout out several the queer black winners who made history this year.

RuPaul Charles received the Emmy for Best Host for his series “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” making this his third win in the category. The show also picked up wins for Outstanding Costumes and Outstanding Hairstyling.

Yance Ford, the director of “Strong Island,” then made history, becoming the first openly trans filmmaker to win an Emmy. (The filmmaker also made waves earlier this year when he became the first out trans director of an Oscar-nominated film, again for “Strong Island.”)

And Samira Wiley, the queer actress beloved for her work on “Orange is the New Black” and now “The Handmaid’s Tale”? She won the Emmy for Guest Actress in a Drama Series, becoming the youngest actor to ever win in the category. (For playing a queer character on “The Handmaid’s Tale,” no less).

To top off the night of queer POC triumph, the Fab Five took home the gold for “Queer Eye,” winning Emmys for Best Structured Reality Program, Best Picture Editing for a Reality Program, and Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program. If this winning streak for queer POC continues, we might just make some more Emmy history in a few days.

Which LGBTQIA+ Nominees To Root For During the Live Telecast

Here’s the list of LGBTQIA+ nominees (or those who play LGBTQIA+ characters) duking it out for the title during the Primetime Emmys telecast. Forgive me if I miss anyone, my gaydar can only cover so much. Let me know who you’ll be rooting for on Monday night in the comments below.

  • Sandra Oh*, “Killing Eve,” Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Oh isn’t LGBTQIA+, but her character, Eve Polastri, in “Killing Eve” is queer, hence her inclusion to this list. Oh is also the first actor of Asian descent to ever be nominated for Best Actress in Emmy history (yay!).

  • Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Cult,” Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
  • “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”; Up for Comedy Series, Darren Criss for Lead Actor, Finn Wittrock for Supporting Actor, Ricky Martin for Supporting Actor, Ryan Murphy for Outstanding Directing For a Comedy Series
  • Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie,” Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Titus Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,”  Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
  • Megan Mullally*, “Will & Grace,” for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Mullally isn’t queer, but she plays an iconic character in one of the most beloved LGBTQIA+ TV series in history.

  • Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live,” Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Who will take home the gold on Monday night? Let me know your Emmy predictions below!