SNUBBED: Carol, the dark horse contender failed to snag a Best Picture nomination, despite its timely theme and powerful lead performances. It is a rare film that tells the story of two women falling in love, and it has won devoted appreciation among queer women. Now, women are feeling particularly ignored by the Academy, with the field of Best Director nominees once again being filled only by men.
NOMINATED: Mighty Cate earned her seventh Oscar nomination (she’s won twice) as the complex, conflicted socialite who falls in love with a young woman.
NOMINATED: As the object of Carol’s affection, Mara’s fine performance earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination.
SNUBBED: The out gay director was unfairly snubbed for a Best Director nomination for his finely crafted tale of forbidden lesbian love. His film did pull in a total of six nominations, including for costume, score, and cinematography.
NOMINATED: Out writer Phyllis Nagy took acclaimed out author Patricia Highsmith's novel, The Price of Salt, and beautifully adapted it for the screen, bringing alive its famously romantic passages in what is now Carol.
SNUBBED: The dark horse contender failed to snag a Best Picture nomination, despite its timely theme and powerful lead performances.
NOMINATED: The brilliant Brit followed last year’s Best Actor win as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything with another stunning turn as trans artist Lili Elbe.
NOMINATED: As the artist wife of a transitioning husband, Vikander earned a Best Supporting Actress nod for her beautifully sensitive performance in The Danish Girl.
SNUBBED: The Oscar-winning director (The King’s Speech) was denied a second nomination for the dreamy and gorgeous transgender tale, The Danish Girl.
NOMINATED: “Til it Happens to You” by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren from The Hunting Ground
Everyone’s favorite bisexual pop diva and LGBT activist earned a nomination for this haunting song from the campus rape documentary.
NOMINATED: “Writing’s on the Wall” by Sam Smith from Spectre
The gay singer-songwriter followed up his Golden Globe win with an Oscar nomination – making him the first out gay singer to perform a James Bond theme (unless you count bi-gal Madonna’s Die Another Day).
SNUBBED: “Hands of Love” by Miley Cyrus from Freeheld
The pansexual pixie missed out on an Oscar nod for her ballad from the otherwise overlooked lesbian drama Freeheld.
SNUBBED: The gay writer-director (Weekend, Looking) couldn’t pull off an upset nomination for this subtle and moody film, 45 Years.
SNUBBED: The elder statesman of gay actors was overlooked for a nomination in Mr. Holmes as the aging sleuth, Sherlock Holmes.
SNUBBED: The lesbian legend was a dark horse candidate who didn’t make the Oscar cut as a lesbian grandmother on a day-long quest with her granddaughter in Grandma.
NOMINATED: Out writer Emma Donoghue's adapted screenplay for Room brought the frightening original book to the screen. It tells the story of a woman held captive for years and years in a single room with her 5-year-old son, who she still must try to give a happy life.
SNUBBED: The transgender actresses were long-shots who missed out on a nomination for the low-budget indie, Tangerine.
SNUBBED: Today we learned that every person nominated for acting — in best actor, best supporting actor, best actress and best supporting actress — is white. For Academy watchers, unfortunately this won't come as a big surprise, except that the problem persists. Reporters are also noting that Straight Outta Compton, which some expected would get a Best Picture nomination, was left out. In addition to a stellar, predominantly African-American cast, including the much lauded performance of Jason Mitchell as rapper Eazy-E, the film included a major plot line about HIV stigma.
NOMINATED: Musician Antony Hegarty was nominated for Best Orginal Song, becoming the second-ever transgender person to receive a nomination from the Academy. The lead vocalist of the band Antony and The Johnsons created the track “Manta Ray” for the documentary Racing Extinction, which follows activists as they try to stem the tide of manmade mass extinction of the world’s animals. Hegarty is credited as the writer of the song’s lyrics, with the music by J. Ralph.