Michael Crawford

Oscar Challenge: Where do the stars stand on the freedom to marry?

Filed By Michael Crawford | March 05, 2010 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Marriage Equality, Media
Tags: Academy Awards, Colin Firth, Freedom to Marry, gay marriage, George Clooney, marriage equality, Meryl Streep, Oscars

It's that time of the year again: The Oscars.

George ClooneySure, we'll have fun as always watching the show this Sunday night, but it will also be a great time to take note of the many celebrities who have spoken out for the freedom to marry.

America's most high-profile entertainers will be front-and-center, and even if we don't see a speech as inspirational as Dustin Lance Black's call for full LGBT equality was last year, many of these voices for equality are speaking out and helping us build a majority for marriage every single day.

Colin Firth, nominated for Lead Actor for his role as a gay college professor in the 60s in A Single Man, made it clear where he stands on marriage:

When Proposition 8 passed, I thought, 'If that can happen now, if something so retrograde can occur in 2008, maybe we haven't made much progress at all," Firth, 49, says. "To me, it was this triumphant day - when America made a very progressive change - and it had this bitter twist. I'm playing a man who is gay and being denied basic human rights in 1962, when a law is being passed to deny the same rights today.

George Clooney -- also nominated for Lead Actor, for Up In The Air-- has used even more powerful language:

At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won't be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black.

Other acting-category nominees Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick have told us they stand with us on the freedom to marry. But what about Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mo' Nique, Jeff Bridges, Penelope Cruz, newcomer Gaborey Sidibe and the rest of the nominees?

It's likely that many -- if not all -- of this year's nominees support ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. With your help we can find which Oscar nominees support marriage for all Americans.

Post links to any marriage statements made by other nominees supporting marriage in the blog comments and share it with everyone.

We may not be on the red carpet this weekend, but we can definitely join in the fun.

(Cross-posted at Freedom to Marry)

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Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | March 5, 2010 1:37 PM

Someone just posted on Facebook that Neil Gaiman nominated as Writer Best Animated Feature for Coraline supports marriage. Here's the link to his tweet:


I just recently listened to an interview with Mo'Nique on the On Air with Tony Sweet talk radio show. I don't think she mentioned gay marriage specifically, but she was extremely supportive and loving of gay people in general. You can check it out at http://www.latalkradio.com/Tony.php or in iTunes as a podcast. It's the 10/9/2009 episode.

A. J. Lopp | March 6, 2010 12:21 PM

I think it is apparent that, with a few noteworthy exceptions such as Denzel and Mel Gibson, we have pretty much won this argument in Hollywood --- I am confident that we will not have to sit through any speeches about how traditional marriage and the American family are under attack and need to be protected. With that accomplished, I am one of those who watch the Oscars hoping that the recognition of good acting and filmmaking remains foremost, because too many political remarks can be corrosive to the popularity of the event itself.