December 9, 2016 at 10:57 am EST | by Mariah Cooper
Kelly Mantle first performer considered for two gender categories at Oscars
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Kelly Mantle  (Photo courtesy Mantle)

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Kelly Mantle will be considered for nomination for both Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards for her role in indie flick, “Confessions of a Womanizer.”

This is the first time a performer has been considered for both categories, according to NewNowNext.

Mantle shared the news on Facebook writing “So this is happening….Honored & humbled to be considered.”

Director and Writer Miguel Ali also shared his thoughts on Facebook .

“To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time in Oscar history that a person will be considered for an acting Oscar in both gender categories. Of course – I hope we get Kelly nominated. Regardless, we are bringing spotlight to our androgynous and transgendered community,” Ali writes. “I’m grateful for the path that has already been carved by transgender/androgynous-empowering Oscar-contending films like Tangerine and others. I firmly believe that our androgynous/transgendered acting community is the most untapped resource in Hollywood. We need to bring them more attention, and by doing so, we will create more empathy for our androgynous/transgendered brothers and sisters.”

“I’m grateful for the path that has already been carved by transgender/androgynous-empowering Oscar-contending films like Tangerine and others. I firmly believe that our androgynous/transgendered acting community is the most untapped resource in Hollywood. We need to bring them more attention, and by doing so, we will create more empathy for our androgynous/transgendered brothers and sisters,” Ali continued.

Watch Mantle’s Oscar submission video below.

 

1 Comment
  • Wow! You’ll need a better submission than that!

    That’s almost an insult to actual winners, but I’m reminded of Jaye Davidson receiving his Oscar nom for Best Supporting Actor for that gender-bending role in The Crying Game, and wondering if maybe somebody here (K.M.) is taking advantage of a still-evolving and ever-changing dialogue on gender and tolerance.

    And transgender/androgynous? Don’t you mean ambiguous? Gender isn’t something you just leave up in the air to get mad about when somebody or something else (a nomination committee say) picks one for you at a later date.

    You had better not even get upset at only getting male category noms is all I’m saying. So in all honesty and fairness K.M.: PICK A GODD*MN GENDER!!

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