Awards season kicked off today as the 25th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards announced their nominations, and it was a very LGBT friendly affair. And refreshing, it was all about the “L” and the “T.”
Todd Haynes’ lesbian romance “Carol” and Sean Baker’s tale of two transgender BFFs “Tangerine” collectively received six nominations, including best feature and for the performances of Cate Blanchett, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor. The latter two represent an all-too-rare example of trans actors being nominated for playing trans characters, and we hope to see both of their names throughout the season.
Blanchett, meanwhile, was nominated for playing the titular lesbian in “Carol,” and will face off against Lily Tomlin for “Grandma,” who represents another rarity in Tomlin being a gay actress playing a gay character.
Beyond those nominees, two LGBT directors were nominated as well: Desiree Akhavan in breakthrough director for “Appropriate Behavior” and Joshua Oppenheimer in documentary feature for “The Look of Silence.” Congrats to all the nominees and here’s to the Gothams for being a genuinely inclusive awards show.