Oscars: Why A Documentary Nomination Could Be A Game-Changer For Gay Love Story ‘Bridegroom’

Bridegroom, out today on DVD, is officially one of the 151 films competing for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar this year. Only 15 of those will be named as finalists, announced in early December, with one going on to take home the Oscar. Bridegroom tells the story of Shane Bitney Crone following the tragic death of his partner, Tom Bridegroom, and the subsequent shunning Shane suffered by his partner's family. The award-winning film premiered on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and is available now on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon and on DVD. GLAAD had the chance to interview both Shane Bitney Crone and the film's director Linda Bloodworth-Thomason.

Deadline spoke with Thomason about what an Oscar nomination would mean for Bridegroom.

“We’ve done the research and that would be so huge in getting it overseas. Our goal now is to get it into as many countries we can. Even if it is underground I want to get the film into places like Russia and the Middle East. I think we do have Oscar buzz. We are getting on these lists, but not ever having had it before I am not sure I recognize it,”  said the film’s writer/director/producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, who is a multiple Emmy nominee and award winner who created Designing Women.

With 150 other entries trying to also to just get to second base at the Oscars, Bloodworth-Thomason is just hoping the relatively small pool of  voters, overwhelmed by the sheer number of entries,  will at least take a serious look at Bridegroom so that this remarkable story can continue to make a difference.

Read the full story at Deadline.

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