Oscars 2024: Colman Domingo, Jodie Foster receive nominations

Oscars 2024 nominations

With Oscars 2024, it’s the first time in Oscar history, gay and lesbian actors (Colman Domingo, center, and Jodie Foster, right) are nominated for playing gay and lesbian characters. “Killers of the Flower Moon” breakout star Lily Gladstone, left, who uses she/they pronouns, also received her first Oscar nomination. Photos: Apple Films, left, and Netflix, center and right.

For the first time in Oscar history, a Black-Latino gay actor and a lesbian actor are nominated for playing gay and lesbian characters.

Actors Zazie Beetz and Jack Quaid announced the Oscars 2024 nominees live from Beverly Hills Tuesday morning.

Director Christopher Nolan’s summer blockbuster “Oppenheimer” received 13 nominations, the most, followed by Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Poor Things” with 11.

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Colman Domingo

Colman Domingo, who identifies as gay and has Belizean and Guatemalan heritage, is the first Afro Latino to be nominated for best actor. He’s recognized for his lead role in “Rustin,” the biopic of gay civil rights icon Bayard Rustin from director George C. Wolfe, who identifies as gay.

Domingo, 54, is a first-time Oscar nominee.

Domingo is only the second openly gay man to earn an Oscar nomination for playing a gay character. The first was Ian McKellen, who was nominated in 1999 for his performance in “Gods and Monsters.”

Jodie Foster

Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster received her fifth Academy Award nomination for her best supporting actress performance in “Nyad.” Foster portrays sports journalist and long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad’s best friend and coach Bonnie Stoll in the Netflix biopic.

For Foster, this role is her first time playing a lesbian character.

Foster, 61, has won best actress Oscars for her roles in 1989’s “The Accused” and 1992’s “The Silence of the Lambs.”

Foster also received nominations for 1977’s “Taxi Driver” and 1995’s “Nell.”

More noteworthy nominations

  • “Killers of the Flower Moon” breakout star Lily Gladstone, who uses she/they pronouns, also received her first Oscar nomination, best actress, for her role in director Martin Scorsese’s epic film, which also scored best director and best picture nominations.
  • LGBTQ+ advocate Annette Bening also received her fifth Oscar nomination for her lead role in “Nyad.” It’s her second best actress nod for playing a lesbian role. She was nominated in 2011 for her performance in “The Kids Are All Right.”
  • Pop star Billie Eilish, who recently came out, received a best original song nomination for “What Was I Made For?” from the “Barbie” soundtrack.
  • Director Sheila Nevins’ debut film, “The ABCs of Book Banning,” which examines the impact of book bans in Florida that have primarily targeted works dealing with the Black and LGBTQ+ experience, was nominated for best documentary short. 

The 96th Academy Awards are scheduled to air March 10 on ABC.

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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