January 17, 2013 | by Phil Reese
Gay films among Oscar noms
ACT UP, gay news, Washington Blade, AIDS, HIV

ACT UP protest (Washington Blade archive photo by Doug Hinckle)

LOS ANGELES — Among the films nominated for an Academy Award this year is a critically acclaimed documentary about activism in the early days of AIDS.

“How to Survive a Plague,” directed by documentarian David France — using primarily archival footage from 31 videographers, according to Gay City News — revisits the efforts of ACT UP in the 1980s and 1990s that paved the way for making HIV drug treatments widely available.

Also nominated in the documentary category was Kirby Dick, straight director of “The Invisible War.” Dick directed the 2009 film “Outrage,” which examined outing public figures. Gay screenwriter Tony Kushner, who penned “Angels in America” was nominated in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for “Lincoln,” and gay writer/director Chris Butler’s ParaNorman, which features Mitch — considered the first young openly gay character in a children’s animated film — was nominated for Best Animated Feature.

 

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