Equality Supporters’ Bold Showing at the Academy Awards
March 3, 2014 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
Last night at the Oscars, there was a strong showing of LGBT advocates and HRC supporters, both on the stage and in the audience.
Americans for Marriage Equality supporter John Ridley took home the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for 12 Years a Slave. Ridley first voiced his support of marriage equality and the Human Rights Campaign in 2012.
In a video for the Americans for Marriage Equality campaign, Ridley said, “Gays and lesbians love just as hard, and care just as much as everybody else. And isn’t that what marriage is all about?”
Jonah Hill, a two-time Academy Award nominee, was nominated for best actor in a supporting role in The Wolf of Wall Street. In November, Hill joined HRC's Love Conquers Hate campaign, posting a photo of himself on Twitter to demonstrate his opposition to Russia’s anti-LGBT laws ahead of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
And Karen O of the indie rock band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs was nominated for best original song, for “Moon Song” in the Spike Jonze film, HER. Last year, alongside band members Brian Chase and Nick Zinner, Karen O joined the HRC’s Equality Rocks movement, a campaign featuring musicians and artists who support marriage equality.
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