- January 17, 2014
Post submitted by Chloe Stokes, HRC Digital Media Intern.
Nominees for the 86th Academy Awards were revealed this week, and LGBT allies Jonah Hill and Karen O will be competing for Oscars.
Jonah Hill, a two-time Academy Award nominee, has been nominated for best actor in a supporting role in The Wolf of Wall Street. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film tells the story of Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, as he becomes involved in crime and corruption as a stockbroker. It has been nominated for five Academy Awards. Hill plays Donnie Azoff, Belfort’s business partner, in a role that has been called his greatest performance. He was previously nominated for best supporting actor in 2012 for his role as Peter Brand in Moneyball.
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. “Help us show Russia & the world that #LoveConquersHate,” he captioned the photo.
Karen O of the indie rock band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs has been nominated for best original song, for “Moon Song” in the film HER. She wrote the song for the Spike Jonze film after collaborating with him on his 2009 film Where the Wild Things Are.“Moon Song” is competing against original compositions by U2 and Pharrell Williams in this year’s Academy Awards.
Alongside band members Brian Chase and Nick Zinner, Karen O voiced her support for LGBT equality during the Sweetlife Festival last May. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs joined the HRC’s Equality Rocks movement, a campaign featuring musicians who support marriage equality.
The Oscars will air on March 2.
For more artists and musicians who rock for equality, visit www.hrc.org/equalityrocks.