Cinephiles rooting for Magnolia’s historic Oscar campaign for “Tangerine” supporting actress Mya Taylor — the first trans actress on record to ever receive an awards campaign — got some disappointing news this morning when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards. “Tangerine,” arguably the best LGBT film of the year, was completely ignored, racking up zero Oscar nominations despite a healthy campaign from Magnolia and executive producers Jay and Mark Duplass.
While “Tangerine” won’t be competing for Oscar gold, the indie will still factor into the rest of the awards season as a multiple Film Independent Spirit Award nominee. Plus, it’s not like the lack of “Tangerine” love with the Academy inspired a dearth of LGBT nominations.
As expected, both “Carol” and “The Danish Girl” impressed Oscar voters and landed multiple nominations each. “Carol” surprisingly missed out on a coveted best picture and best director nomination, though distributor The Weinstein Company has to be pleased that both actresses, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, landed nominations. Same goes for “The Danish Girl,” as Eddie Redmayne landed another best actor nomination (he won last year for “The Theory of Everything”) and breakthrough Alicia Vikander won a best supporting actress nomination.
Elsewhere, Sam Smith and LGBT advocate Lady Gaga picked up best original song nominations for the James Bond theme “Writing’s on the Wall” and the ballad “Til It Happens To You,” respectively. For all of this year’s nominations, head over to Indiewire.