Last year Sean Penn ("Milk") became the sixth actor to reap an Oscar for a gay role. The other five are cited below. Which role does not belong on this list? To see the answer, click on the "Continue Reading" link below.
a.) William Hurt, "Kiss of the Spider Woman"
b.) Tom Hanks, "Philadelphia"
c.) John Gielgud, "Arthur"
d.) Nicole Kidman, "The Hours"
e.) Charlize Theron, "Monster"
f.) Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Capote"
ANSWER: c.) Although Gieguld was out in real life and portrayed the role of uppity butler/valet in "Arthur" with campy bravado, the character wasn't technically gay.
Though Nicole Kidman's portrayal of Virginia Woolf was not overtly gay in "The Hours," the film dealt subtly with her same-gender urges. Many scholars believe Woolf was a lesbian.
Hilary Swank is not on this list because she portrayed Brandon Teena in "Boys Don't Cry," a transgender, not a homosexual.
As for my affinity for James Coco's perf in "Only When I Laugh," I realize that his Oscar-nominated role was also up for a Razzie, but, sorry, the Razzies are wrong!
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