Pop Culture Fix: LGBT Faves Dee Rees, Rachel Morrison and Yance Ford Make History With Their Oscar Nominations

Riese and Heather both wrote a Pop Culture Fix this week, and combined them. 

The 2018 Oscars nominations were announced yesterday and they included three openly LGBTQ people. Dee Rees became the first black woman to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for Mudbound (she should also have been nominated for Best Director, and that’s just a simple fact). Rachel Morrison, also of Mudbound, became the first woman to be nominated for Best Cinematography. Hers is a long overdue nomination; you know her from Fruitvale Station, Cake, and Dope — and you’re going to know her even more after Black Panther. And Yance Ford became the first trans person to ever be nominated for Best Director, for his film Strong Island, which chronicles his family’s life after his brother’s racist murder in 1992. Here’s a full list of the 2018 nominees.

Also, a list of the Screen Actors Guild Award winners; no big surprises here.

Catch A Sneak Peek At ‘Indecent,’ A Queer-Themed Broadway Play You Can Now Stream — on Thursday you’ll be able to watch Indecent from the comfort of your very own home!

“Black Lightning” Star Nafessa Williams Talks Why Representation Matters and Bringing Thunder to Life:

TV: There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding Anissa since she’s a black lesbian superhero, which is like never seen on television. I know they didn’t talk about her sexuality in the premiere, but just to make sure, is she already out in the show?

NW: Oh, yes, she’s fully out. She’s been out since she was a teenager. She’s 22 now. She’s walking boldly and unapologetically in who she is. It’s amazing to watch because I’ve been getting on social media a lot of comments. Not even just black lesbians, just young lesbians everywhere who want to see more of themselves on TV and show what the life of a lesbian is like. You’re gonna go on that journey with Anissa. It’s also cool because my parents on the show, they’re very accepting and open about my sexuality. I hope that parents watching are inspired to support their lesbian or gay child.

Here is a valuable perspective on an essay of television I was personally unable to endure: When a White Woman Becomes a Black Man in an Episode of Electric Dreams

‘The Fosters’ Spinoff, Finale Spoilers 

Pretty Little Liars’ Spinoff Update — ‘The Perfectionists’ Details 

Tonally, it’s very similar,” King told TVLine when we caught up with her earlier this week at the inaugural Freeform Summit in Los Angeles. “There is a big mystery, and there is a murder, and there are some characters who are a fractured group at the beginning of our story, and through a murder they become friends. So it’s similar in that regard, but it’s a whole new mystery, a whole new murder. We also have Alison and Mona coming from PLL to Beacon Heights, and that’ll all make sense when you see the pilot.”

How About Treating Latinx Characters Like People?: Latinx are already a marginalized group. Then they are further marginalized by the stories Hollywood chooses to tell about them. After all, how many stories about “the immigrant experience” are they going to make?

Why Didn’t Wonder Woman Get Any Oscar Nominations?

Ignoring #MeToo, Amazon Continues To Cancel Important Shows By Women:

Female voices deserve a place on our screens. LGBT creators deserve to share their work. If Amazon doesn’t want to make space for those projects anymore, they’re going to fall into the same bland pattern most major Hollywood studios have adopted, cranking out franchises and big-budget productions that eventually grow stale. Here’s hoping that both “One Mississippi” and “I Love Dick” find a smarter network, and that Amazon eventually realizes their mistake.

Hype List: What to check out this week, including ‘One Day at a Time,’ ‘The Alienist’ and more

Showrunners Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce look to be continuing the balancing act in the show’s upcoming second season. There’s no shortage of spot-on topicality: Alex faces racism at school, Elena further asserts her identity and Penelope tries to manage work and motherhood, on top of going back to school and starting a new romantic relationship. But amid all of this relatable family drama, the show’s throwback sitcom shtick remains intact, complete with broad performances and laughter from a studio audience. This is a show built in a classic mold, updated for our modern moment.

At The Atlantic, The Brutal Myth of Gender Equality in Hollywood:

The emphasis on accused celebrities like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey is appropriate, but brutish behavior against women emerges naturally from a industry that deprives most of them from the power to produce, direct, write, or film. Sociological studies on sexual harassment have shown that the worst industries for harassment combine several factors: male domination in positions of power; work arrangements that are relatively transient; and young, single women in more-vulnerable and low-paying occupations. All three descriptors apply to the movie business.

The Wonder Woman sequel will be the first film to adhere to the Producers Guild Of America’s new anti-sexual harassment guidelines.

Tiffany Haddish, whose Oscars snub was the most egregious this year, did a Drunk History on the Monuments Men and it is so good you’re gonna want to watch it twice. (This isn’t gay, but I just thought you’d want to know.)

Kate McKinnon as Robert Mueller is as perfect as you knew it would be.

Chloë Grace Moretz and Sasha Lane, who is openly gay, were at Sundance for The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Vulture caught up with them. Vulture also chatted on-screen with Joan Jett who’s at Sundance promoting her documentary Bad Reputation. In the meantime, also from Sundance: Kristen Stewart and Chloë Sevigny Have Hot Barn Sex, Axe-Murder a Man Together in “Lizzie.”

Jodie Whittaker refused to sign on to Doctor Who for one cent less than Peter Capalidi.

Some Freeform news: grown-ish has already been renewed for season two; and The Bold Type will be back on June 12.

Arizona’s finally getting her own standalone episode on Grey’s Anatomy.

Watch St. Vincent cover Sleater-Kinney.

The 20 Most Surreal Moments from the Cult Classic ‘Spice World’. This is Riese:

Shout out to every woman who wasn’t actually sporty but ascribed to being that Spice Girl because it was the ’90s and we couldn’t just call ourselves Queer Spice. This seconds-long moment of Sporty and Baby pretending to be Danny and Sandy occurs during the above photo shoot, but it shines as a standalone scene. This was an awakening for me (and likely other queer women who grew up with this movie) and it still overwhelms me with exciting, confusing feelings.

Thanks for the shout-out!

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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. Interesting info on The Fosters. Teri Polo unfollowed Maia, Cierra, and two of the producers but not the third right after the announcement of the cancellation and Spinoff on twitter. She still follows Sherri (Lena), David (Brandon), Hayden (Jude) and Noah (Jesus) so it’s clear who she’s upset with. This was all organized a few months before they announced the cancellation. None of the other actors other than Maia and Cierra had any idea it was going on. Poor Sherri Saum kept tweeting “renew The Fosters” up until it was cancelled.

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