Boys Don’t Cry

Boys Don't Cry
Drama, Biography, Romance
1999

Director: Kimberly Peirce Cast: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III, Alicia Goranson, Alison Folland, Jeannetta Arnette, Rob Campbell, Matt McGrath, Jerry Haynes

Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Hilary Swank)

Also Nominated For: Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Chloë Sevigny)

I First Saw In: 2015

Synopsis: The story of a trans-male attempting to find himself and love in Nebraska.

Quotables: BRANDON: So what’s your name?
CANDACE: Candace. I hate it though. I’m thinking of changing it.
BRANDON: Sometimes that helps. I’m Brandon.

And now a Word from the Guise:
When it comes to the fight for LGBTQIA rights, the L B Q I and A are almost always ignored. But none of them are quite so ignored and ostracised as the transgender community. Even within the LGBTQIA community they are often condemned. I am ashamed to admit that I myself once believed that trans people were a mockery; I told myself that they were cowards too afraid to admit that they were just gay. It wasn’t until recent years that I realised how very wrong I had been.

Although Boys Don’t Cry is a crucial film to the trans movement, I think it would have been better served with a trans-male as the lead. I do not mean that to discredit Hilary Swank’s performance by any means. Her performance was definitely deserving of the Oscar. But the trans community is represented just like the rest of the LGBTQIA community is: by straight, cis actors. These actors are praised left-and-right for undertaking roles that could have effectively ended their careers. Meanwhile, actual LBGTQIA actors are painfully underutilised. Here’s a prime example: Scottish-American actor John Barrowman (Doctor Who), who is openly gay, was turned down for the role of Will Truman in Will & Grace because he was deemed “not gay enough”. Instead, the casting directors opted for Eric McCormack, who is straight.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233

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