Joel Grey Is Now The Only Openly Gay Oscar Winning Actor

Joel Grey Is Now The Only Openly Gay Oscar Winning Actor

“Cabaret” actor Joel Grey officially came out today, which is not much of a surprise — though the fact that he waited until he was 82 to do so is definitely worth noting. It also gives him a pretty insane distinction: He’s the only openly LGBT actor to have won an Oscar. That’s right. Jodie Foster and Kevin Spacey don’t quite count, and Ian McKellen (among others) has somehow never won. Meaning of the 384 acting Oscars given out, a whopping ONE has gone to an openly LGBT actor. Isn’t that mind blowing? 

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Mark Pope

Since few straight men feel threatened by bisexual women anyone making the point that if indeed Angelina Jolie is bisexual it makes a diff is clueless. Jodie Foster was apparently not even out when she won. That is the point. If Joel Grey was not out when he won he doesn’t count either. The point is not whether we deserve an Oscar. The point is are we being denied the roles or positions if we are out gay men and are we being denied a win if we are out gay men, especially for acting and directing.

kate

jodie doesn’t count because she wasn’t "openly" gay (or out) when she won her oscars

K C

But he wasn’t openly gay when he won….

Susan

Kevin Spacey?

Ken

You missed Sir Jon Gielgud. He won the Oscar for Arthur.

Luke

Its disappointing that even now, in the age of progressive individualism, that reputable actors seem to be limited by their sexual identity, something almost completely irrelevant to their career. I think the intention of the post was not to identify actors who have come out after their acceptance, but those who are open about their sexuality before accepting an award. Sexuality is private, and shouldn’t affect rewarding high-achieving individuals, however, the numbers are still uncomfortable; whether it was one or twenty actors being openly gay receiving awards, there were still 384 acting Oscars given out anyway. What’s the difference? Marginal. Such as is the community that is being under-represented.

Jose

Linda Hunt won for Best Supporting Actress and is an out lesbian.

Ellsworth

What about John Gielgud? Linda Hunt? George Chikiris?

EXCUSE ME

EXCUSE ME!!! IT’S LGBTQIAA!!!! JODIE FOSTER’S LESBIAN SELF DOES TOO COUNT!

FG

Other LGBT actors who’ve won Oscars:
Jodie Foster (The Accused, silence of the Lambs)
Anna Paquin (The Piano)
John Gielgud (Arthur)
Linda Hunt (Year of living Dangerously)
Charles Laughton (The Private Life of Henry VIII)
Marlon Brando (On the Waterfront, The Godfather)
Angelina Jolie (Girl, Interrupted)

Miles

Um, he wasn’t out when he won. He was married to a woman at the time. Doesn’t count!

Jordan

John Gielgud, Jodie Foster, Angelina Jolie, George Chakiris, Anna Paquin and Marlon Brando would like to have a word

LP

ummm how does Jodie Foster not count?

Ann Somerville

" Jodie Foster and Kevin Spacey don’t quite count" Why, pray?

Glenn

Angelina Jolie is definitely bisexual.

Noah

How does Jodie Foster not count? She just got married to a woman.

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