I’m Selina, Awards Circuit’s queer Girl Friday for everything LGBTQIA+ on film and TV! Recent media news has been all about women who love women; from “The Favourite’s” great showing at the box office, to “This is Us’s” coming out story arc, to the news that Kristen Stewart will star in a lesbian rom-com, things are turning up sapphic everywhere you turn. Here’s a roundup of all the LGBTQIA+ news of the past two weeks.
First Gay Kiss Of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade didn’t break with tradition, but they did break the internet. Alongside the giant balloons of doom, marching bands and random singers on floats were the intermittent musical performances, highlighting some of the best-selling musicals currently in Broadway theaters. Among them was “The Prom,” a musical that follows one lesbian couple’s journey to create their own prom after their high school bans queer couples from the dance. The performance, which featured diverse couples and some Broadway mentors, ended on a gay kiss between the ladies, the first gay kiss in the broadcast’s history. Watch the moment below.
“The Favourite” Crushes At Indie Box Office
Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite“ is the new screen average champion, so says the indie box office. The Fox Searchlight film came in at $105,000 per theater average (PTA) last weekend, officially beating out “Suspiria’s” $89,903 per venue, who previously held the record.
Starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone, the period drama follows Queen Anne’s (Colman) reign, during which two cousins (Weisz and Stone) fight for her sapphic attentions. While the film isn’t meant to be historically accurate, it does play upon the connections Queen Anne made with select women of her court. Basically, it’s the lesbian period drama of my wildest dreams.
Ironically, the success of such a queer film is only paralleled by previous Oscar darling “Call Me By Your Name,” which averaged in at $103,233 per screen in 2017. According to Deadline, “The Favourite” is the first of 2018 to clinch a six-figure PTA, while hard numbers could cement the period drama at the second or third best PTA in Fox Searchlight’s history. “The Favourite” also happens to be Clayton’s #1 pick to win Best Film at the BAFTAs, the #2 picks for Best Film at the NBR and NYFCC, and the #3 pick at the WGA Awards. Check out our awards predictions for more info.
“Marvel’s Runaways” Season 2 Trailer Drops
Dinosaurs, magic, and aliens: there’s a lot to love about “Marvel’s Runaways,” even without mentioning the adorable goth-meets-prom-queen romance of Nico and Karolina. Hulu dropped a new trailer and some key art for the show’s second season this week, revealing a tagline declaring “we hold the power now” (see right). According to the trailer, the runaways are using their time on the run to hone their powers, as their PRIDE parents continue to search for their wayward kids. Oh, and that sinister dad/alien, Jonah? Still sinister, and possibly drawing Karolina back into his clutches. Here’s hoping Karolina wakes up before it’s too late.
“Marvel’s Runaways” returns to Hulu on Dec. 21 for Season 2. Watch the official Season 2 trailer below.”
Kristen Stewart To Star In Gay Rom-Com “Happiest Season”
Queer forces are finally uniting for the gay romcom of the ages: Kristen Stewart is in talks to join Clea DuVall and Mary Holland’s “Happiest Season,” a.k.a. the gayest romantic comedy I’ve ever heard of. According to Variety, the film will tell the story of a young woman planning to propose to her girlfriend at her family’s annual holiday bash. But things take a turn when she learns that the love of her life hasn’t come out to her conservative parents. Things are going to get messy, quick.
“Happiest Season” is to be a directorial debut for DuVall, a talented writer and actor who is openly gay. TriStar Pictures acquired the rights to the film from DuVall and Holland earlier in the year, with Hannah Minghella and Shary Shirazi overseeing for TriStar and Jaclyn Huntling overseeing for Temple Hill, Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner will produce.
Stewart is a veteran actor currently set to star in Sony’s “Charlie’s Angels” reboot, and most recently played alleged killer Lizzie Borden in “Lizzie.” She is also openly bisexual. LGBTQIA+ stories, written, directed and acted by queer folx themselves? This is the kind of world I want to live in.
“This Is Us” Shows Audiences What To Do (And What Not To) When Your Kid Comes Out
Ever since Randall’s biological dad William (Ron Cephas Jones) passed away on “This Is Us,” I’ve been wondering who else in the family is of the LGBTQIA+ persuasion. This family is huge: you can’t tell me there’s not at least one gay cousin somewhere. So I was pleased to see Tess (Eris Baker), Randall’s daughter, have a coming out that was fairly boring for such a dramatic series.
The scene is set up with another milestone for Tess– getting her first period– a subject handled well by her Aunt Kate, who talks about all the firsts Tess will soon experience, like first kisses and boyfriends. When Tess quietly says, “Or girlfriends,” Kate seems a little shocked but agrees with her, treating Tess’ response calmly and with complete acceptance, refraining from probing further and inherently understanding how vulnerable Tess is feeling. Kate doesn’t treat her niece any differently and promises to keep their conversation private.
And then she breaks her promise. A few days later, Grandma Rebecca (Mandy Moore) reveals that Kate told her what Tess had said, apparently so Tess would have someone nearby to talk to about it, as Kate lives far away. Rebecca continues to hang around, eventually telling her that bottling up your emotions can make you physically hurt. She doesn’t want that for her, she says to Tess, inadvertently pressuring her to come out before she’s ready because keeping secrets is bad for you. Oy.
Luckily, Tess’ parents (Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson) handle the situation a lot better than Grandma Rebecca. Tess nervously approached the pair, coming out to them while emphasizing she doesn’t want to make it a “big thing,” a fear most LGBTQIA+ folx can relate to. While Beth and Randall looked stunned, they step up for Tess, giving their weeping daughter a hug and not making it “a thing.” Afterward, there’s a brief comment of surprise from Beth, but that’s about it. A kid came out on TV, and it was about the third most interesting thing in the episode.
But for future reference, let people come out in their own time, Rebecca. Your speech about aspirin was rather terrible.
DC “Elseworlds” Crossover Event Teases Batwoman’s Reveal
I know this is the umpteenth update I’ve made about Ruby Rose’s Batwoman role, but y’all: there’s finally footage. In preparation for “Elseworlds,” DC’s winter crossover event, The CW released a brief but awesome teaser of Batwoman’s first appearance in the Arrowverse. Per the trailer, Batman disappeared from Gotham years ago and has become more of an urban legend than the defender of the city. Enter Kate Kane, who’s ready to answer the Bat-signal and protect Gotham once more.
The “Elseworlds” three-night crossover event begins Dec. 9 on The CW. Watch the teaser below.