Transgender Nominated For Oscar As Man and a Woman
You have to wonder if Kelly Mantle, a gender-fluid performer who was a contestant on the sixth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race will make the final cut and receive a slot as a finalist as an actor.actress. He/she/it has been nominated for Oscar consideration for an indie movie titled, “Confessions of a Womanizer,” I don’t know if Mantle plays the womanizer, the woman or whether he/she tries to seduce themselves with soft music, a bottle of wine and a clean white sock. Even the film’s producers weren’t sure how to categorize their star, finally settling on a plan to name him/her for both male and female awards.
“Confessions of a Womanizer” had its world premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, Calif. back in March 2014, and hit U.S. theaters this Oct. 14. The film has taken home numerous awards, including best narrative feature film and best director at the 2014 Los Angeles Underground Film Festival, and best feature film at the Tupelo Film Festival, Twin Rivers Media Festival and High Desert Film Festival, all in 2014.
The Actors Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences divided the Acting reminder list into male and female categories just two years ago. Previously, reminder lists didn’t distinguish potential nominees by gender — all eligible cast members were listed together. But Mantle is the first person to be submitted in both male and female categories — and is eligible to take home hardware in either one.