4 LGBT-Focused Oscar Acceptance Speeches
BY Kevin OKeeffe
February 27 2014 6:00 AM ET
Tom Hanks, Philadelphia, Best Actor (1993)
Hanks was the first to mention being inspired by an LGBT person, and the first to create a bit of a mess by doing so. “I would not be standing here were it not for two important men in my life,” he said halfway through his speech. “Mr. Rawley Farnsworth, who was my high school drama teacher... and one of my classmates under Mr. Farnsworth, Mr. John Gilkerson. I mention their names because they are two of the finest gay Americans, two wonderful men who I had the good fortune to be associated with.” Touching, of course, but Farnsworth had apparently never outed himself to Hanks — though he claimed to be fine with the reveal after the fact. The incident inspired the Kevin Kline film In & Out three years later.