9 Gay Alternatives to the Academy's Best Picture Picks

By: Kevin OKeeffe

Maybe you’ve already seen all the Best Picture nominees for this weekend’s Academy Awards. Perhaps you're not quite thrilled at this year's short list. Maybe you’re just looking for something a little bit gayer. We’re here to help!

This isn't exactly Netflix or Amazon. But, based on our very unscientific comparison of genre and themes, here are nine best picture substitutes that you can watch before, during, and after Sunday’s Oscar ceremony.

People who watched Dallas Buyers Club should also watch How to Survive a Plague

Without a doubt, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto have dominated awards season for their body-transforming, highly realistic work in Dallas. Still, the very fact that the film is a narrative may be too much separation from the gripping reality of the AIDS crisis — especially for those who haven't lived through it. For a true life interpretation, not much is better than the documentary How to Survive a Plague, which was nominated for Best Documentary at the Oscars a year ago. It depicts the harrowing beginnings of the AIDS epidemic and chronicles the efforts of many to change the culture. The subjects may not look like McConaughey and Leto, but they are no less heroic for it.



People who watched Philomena should also watch Transamerica

If you’re in the mood for a road trip movie with LGBT plot elements — but you consider Philomena a bit too staid for your taste, the quirky but heartwarming Transamerica might be your cup of tea. Felicity Huffman won a Golden Globe and was Oscar-nominated for her work as a transgender woman left reeling after a previously unknown son reaches out to her. It’s heartbreaking and hilarious in equal measure, and holds up well almost 10 years later. Yes, Judi Dench is great, and she’s an international treasure, but we really should appreciate Huffman’s talent here.



People who watched American Hustle should also watch The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Tina Fey joked at the Golden Globes that Hustle’s original title was Explosion at the Wig Factory. That could also be an alternate title for Priscilla, the epic road trip dramedy that has inspired cult followings and a Broadway musical adaptation. The film follows two drag queens and a transgender woman across Australia in a bus — the titular Priscilla. It’s a campy blast, with insane costumes — designers Lizzy Gardiner and Tim Chappel won an Oscar for their work — and a great soundtrack. Perfect for those looking for a wild ride without the credulity-straining characterizations in Hustle.