Gay Lincoln writer Tony Kushner nominated for BAFTA award
Lincoln writer Tony Kushner is nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award. Often seen as the British version of the Academy Awards, the gay American writer has got a nod in the Adapted Screenplay category. Lincoln, a biopic about the USA’s 16th president starring Daniel Day-Lewis, led the awards with 10 nominations. There is little gay interest in the rest of the shortlist. Javier Bardem, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actor, arguably played a bisexual villain in Skyfall, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, nominated for Outstanding British Film, has a gay sub-plot. Speaking to GoldDerby, the writer most famous for gay play Angels In America addressed the rumors surrounding Honest Abe and whether he intentionally wrote the president as gay. He said: ‘During this period [when Lincoln freed the slaves] I think he was beginning to feel ground to a pulp by the war and by the pressures of his job. ‘I find it difficult to believe that Lincoln was “banging anybody”. Now maybe he was. I personally believe that there is some reason to speculate that Lincoln might have been bisexual or gay.