I’m Selina, Awards Circuit’s queer Girl Friday for everything LGBTQIA+ on film and TV! We’ve got big rainbow news coming from both worlds this week, with DC’s epic “Elseworlds” crossover finally introducing Ruby Rose as Batwoman after months of sneak peeks and hype. The 2019 SAG nominations praised multiple LGBTQIA+ movies and shows, while “Brokeback Mountain” became the youngest inductee into the National Film Registry and critically acclaimed actors Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet boarded lesbian period drama “Ammonite.” And don’t forget, “RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars 4” also hit TV screens! Let’s get into it, shall we?
“Brokeback Mountain” Added to National Film Registry
“Brokeback Mountain” is officially a classic American love story. Ang Lee’s “gay cowboy movie” has been inducted into the National Film Registry, according to the Library of Congress’ list of new inductees. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler”) and Heath Ledger (“The Dark Knight” trilogy), the romantic drama followed gay ranch hands Jack and Ennis through a secret 20-year relationship that endured through marriages, parenthood and distance. Based on Annie Proulx’s short story, “Brokeback Mountain” went on to win the Venice Film Festival’s Queer Lion, an Oscar for best screenplay (Larry McMurtry and Diana Osana) and Golden Globes for best drama, director and screenplay.
While “Brokeback Mountain” isn’t the only queer movie in the NFR’s archives (hello, “Paris is Burning” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”), it is the youngest to do so, entering the NFR only thirteen years after its release. The film originally had some homophobic controversy surrounding its release, with theaters in Utah and some foreign countries banning the film for its queer content. But ultimately, “Brokeback Mountain” was most often read by audiences as a classic love story: not a “gay love story,” but simply a love story. For that alone, “Brokeback Mountain” deserves the NFR induction.
“Elseworlds” DC Crossover Introduces Batwoman, Teases Future “Batwoman” and “Superman” Shows?
Ruby Rose as Kate Kane was everything I ever wanted from “Elseworlds.” While the yearly DC crossover included the usual Easter eggs and mishmash of DC characters, the second hour of “Elseworlds” transported us to Gotham, where Rose appeared as the tattooed, brooding cousin of an absent Batman. Rose played well against Grant Gustin, Melissa Benoist and Stephen Amell, bonding with Kara and kicking ass in the classic red hair and her Batsuit. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see Nia Nal (Nicole Maines) meet Gotham’s protector, but judging by the chummy relationship between Supergirl and Batwoman, it’s likely we’ll see a couple crossovers with the two supers in the near future, if Batwoman gets her own series. (And judging by “Elsworlds,” she totally will.)
And here’s where I was left wondering about the Arrowverse’s planned expansion. I wasn’t expecting the sheer amount of Superman in “Elseworlds,” especially after so many months of hints about Batwoman. Up until the crossover aired, it seemed like the entire event was an effort to pitch Batwoman to the Arrowverse audience, with Kate Kane probably swooping in the save her fellow supers from the big bad. While we did journey around Gotham and get a teasing Batwoman cliffhanger, Superman and the Green Arrow were the heroes of the final fight, with Batwoman M.I.A. when the evil book wizard came to mess up the world again. Superman’s genial presence and lengthy screen time, played by a clean-shaven Tyler Hoechlin, now has viewers wondering about a “Superman” series, not a Batwoman one. Did the buzz about Rose’s casting greenlight a pilot episode on its own, leaving more room for Superman to plead his case? Or was this the plan all along? Let me know what you think.
LGBTQIA+ Highlights of the SAG Award Nominations
2019 SAG Awards nominations, announced by Laverne Cox and Awkwafina on Wednesday, heaped even more praise on “A Star Is Born” and “The Favourite.” Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut collects the four big nominations for best actor (Cooper), actress (Lady Gaga), supporting actor (Sam Elliott), and outstanding cast performance. Not to be outdone, “The Favourite” stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz also earned acting noms, though they missed an ensemble nomination. The nominations add more fuel to both film’s gas tanks as they race for Oscar gold, where both are predicted as heavy contenders.
The SAG Awards will take place Jan 27 at the Shrine Auditorium, to be simulcast live by TNT and TBS. Here’s the list of every LGBTQIA+ actor, actor nominated for playing an LGBTQIA+ character, or story with an LGBTQIA+ storyline. See the full list of nominations here.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: “A Star Is Born”
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Rachael Weisz, “The Favourite”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: “This Is Us,” NBC
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: “GLOW,” Netflix
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve,” BBC America
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series: Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” FX Networks
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series: Hugh Grant, “A Very English Scandal,” Prime Video
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series: “GLOW,” Netflix
Saoirse Ronan, Kate Winslet Cast in Lesbian Period Drama “Ammonite”
Praise the gay gods, we’re getting another lesbian period drama, this time with Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”) and Kate Winslet (“Revolutionary Road”). What good did I do in some past life, to get this embarrassment of riches?
Titled “Ammonite,” the film is set in a UK coastal town in the 1840s, where palaeontologist Mary Anning finds herself nursing a rich Londoner lady back to health. I predict corsets, dusty bones and a sapphic romance of the ages, though it’s not clear which of the pair Winslet and Ronan will be playing just yet. “Ammonite” hails from writer-director Francis Lee (“God’s Own Country”), with producing from Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (“Widows,” “Lion”) and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly (“Lady Macbeth”).
Per Deadline, the flick was one of the biggest projects being developed in the UK, and is already set for a March production start. “Ammonite,” thus far, sounds like a less political sister to lesbian period drama “The Favourite,” which has been raking in praise on the awards circuit. With Winslet, Ronan and Lee all attached to the project, there’s very good odds that “Ammonite” will do just as well when it premieres. Here’s hoping Winslet and Ronan’s chemistry will be everything my big gay heart is hoping for.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars 4” Premiere
Hold on to your wigs, folx: the superqueens are back for a wintery showdown. I won’t post any spoilers, since the season premiere just aired Friday night, but who do you think could make it to the final three? And whose drama from previous seasons will come back to haunt them? Here’s a quick recap of the episode from John Polly, just in case you don’t have time to watch the full premiere.