LGBT Film Roles Prominently Represented Among Golden Globe and SAG Nominees

Nominations for the 2012 Golden Globes were announced in Hollywood today and, along with yesterday’s Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, a number of actors being recognized for playing LGBT characters, even though the films they are featured in haven't received quite as much attention.

Leonardo DiCaprio received a lead actor in a drama nomination for his portrayal of J. Edgar Hoover in the Dustin Lance Black penned biopic J. Edgar, while Glenn Close and Rooney Mara were recognized for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture” for Albert Nobbs and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo respectively.  Additionally, Janet McTeer was also nominated for her performance in Albert Nobbs and Christopher Plummer for his in Beginners in the supporting actor categories.  Plummer is considered by many to be the front runner in the category this season.

Beyond those recognitions, Midnight in Paris (which features Kathy Bates in a small role as Gertrude Stein) was nominated for best comedy or musical, Pedro Almadovar’s The Skin I Live In was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, and Elton John and Lady Gaga’s collaboration “Hello Hello” was nominated for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture.

In the television categories Modern Family, Glee, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones and American Horror Story all received best series nominations, as did Cinema Verite and Downton Abbey for Best Mini-Series/TV Movie.  Eric Stonestreet was nominated for his role as gay dad Cameron on Modern Family.

Many of these same faces will be present at the 18th Annual SAG Awards, which specifically honor performances by actors in both film and television.  DiCaprio, Close, Plummer, and McTeer all received SAG film nominations as well, as did Armie Hammer for his role as Clyde Tolson in J. EdgarMidnight in Paris also received an ensemble acting nomination.

In the television categories, once again Eric Stonestreet’s performance was the only individual LGBT role recognized, though the shows Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, Glee, The Office, and Modern Family, which all featured LGBT regular or recurring LGBT characters this season, received performance ensemble nominations. 

All in all, it’s good to see films like Beginners and Albert Nobbs getting their moment to shine through their actors, if not for the films themselves.  Whether they’ll also make the cut when the Oscar nominations are announced January 24 remains to be seen.  The Golden Globes will air 11 days prior to that on January 15 on NBC, while the SAG Awards will be awarded January 29 during a live telecast on TNT and TBS.