Monday, February 25, 2013

The Gay Friendly Oscars Show

The gay highlights of the 85th Academy Awards ceremony started with iconic gay Oscar producers Craig Zadan & Neil Maron (Chicago & Hairspray) opening number performed by the Los Angeles Gay Men's Chorus called "We Saw Your Boobs." Too bad it was in such bad taste but at least there was a presence. Then there was a little banter from host Seth MacFarlane clarifying that he wasn’t a member of the chorus followed by William Shatner future-cast saying that "Oh, trust me. In July 2015, you join the chorus." Later in the show MacFarlane stated, "We're concerned tonight's show isn't gay enough yet." It was followed by a chance for presenter Queen Latifah to finally come out but she didn’t. As promised there were lots of musical performances including divas Barbra Streisand, Adele, Jennifer Hudson & Shirley Bassey. The only openly gay nominees were screenwriter Tony Kushner (Lincoln) who lost to Chris Terrio who wrote the screenplay for Argo & the documentary How to Survive a Plague about AIDS activists in New York City lost to Searching for Sugar Man. The surprising other gay highlight was when First Lady Michelle Obama made a quick speech as she announced Argo the winner for Best Motion Picture & pushed for equality for our LGBT community by being inclusive about ‘the people we choose to love’. The show was too long as usual but it was one of the most beautifully produced shows in Oscar history.
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