Queer Brilliance Takes Center Stage in the 96th Oscar Nominations

The 96th Oscar Awards nominations included contributions from the Queer community, with nominations that showcased the presence of talented individuals from the queer community. Let’s take a look at the nominations and the categories.

Colman Domingo 

Domingo has received a nomination for the prestigious Best Actor in a Leading Role award. He has been nominated for his outstanding performance as the title character in “Rustin,” which is a biopic produced by Netflix. The movie explores the life of Bayard Rustin, a gay Black civil rights leader who was an important advisor to Martin Luther King Jr. and the architect of the historic 1963 March on Washington.

Domingo’s nomination is a testament to his skill as an actor and his ability to bring to life the complex character of Bayard Rustin. However, his competition in the category is tough. One of his fellow nominees is Bradley Cooper, a talented straight actor who has been nominated for his portrayal of the legendary composer Leonard Bernstein in the Netflix biopic “Maestro.” What makes Cooper’s role unique is that Bernstein had intimate relationships with both men and women, which required a great deal of sensitivity and nuance from Cooper in his performance.

Overall, the nominations in this category are a reflection of the growing diversity in Hollywood and the recognition of the contributions of marginalized communities in shaping our history.

Jodie Foster

For her role in the movie “Nyad”, Jodie Foster was nominated in the “Best Supporting Actress” Category. 

Lily Gladstone


Lily Gladstone has made history by receiving an Oscar nomination for the year 2024. Gladstone, who belongs to the Siksikaitsitapi and NiMíiPuu communities, is the first Native American woman to be nominated for the Best Actress category. She has been nominated for her remarkable portrayal in “Killers of the Flower Moon,” a movie that depicts the real-life murders of members of the Osage Nation that took place in Oklahoma during the 1920s, known as the Reign of Terror.

By- Hilary Nwachukwu