Academy says 'gender fluid' actor can be nominated in both male and female categories

The Actors Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has determined that a man who considers himself a woman can be nominated in both male and female categories.

Sigh.

The Wrap:

Kelly Mantle, a gender-fluid performer who was a contestant on the sixth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” has made Oscar history as the first potential nominee eligible in both male and female categories, TheWrap has learned.

Mantle plays a transgender prostitute in “Confessions of a Womanizer,” a Miguel Ali indie from Harbor House Films starring Andrew Lawrence and Gary Busey.

The film’s producers ran into a dilemma when filling out Oscar paperwork, which required them to classify Mantle, who was born a man, as either male or female. Mantle was submitted for consideration in both categories, and the Academy confirmed that the performer can be nominated in either one.

There was no "dilemma" by any stretch of the imagination – only an effort to advance and legitimize the notion of "gender fluidity." 

“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.

This actually works to the detriment of the unknown actor because it splits the small number of votes he will get between two genders. 

But I'm sure that didn't factor into the producers' decision.  The submission of Mantle's name in both male and female categories was both a publicity stunt and a political statement.  They are already allowing men who identify as women to compete on female athletic teams.  Soon, our gender-crazy society will be so screwed up that it will be impossible to recognize in any traditional way.

The Actors Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has determined that a man who considers himself a woman can be nominated in both male and female categories.

Sigh.

The Wrap:

Kelly Mantle, a gender-fluid performer who was a contestant on the sixth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” has made Oscar history as the first potential nominee eligible in both male and female categories, TheWrap has learned.

Mantle plays a transgender prostitute in “Confessions of a Womanizer,” a Miguel Ali indie from Harbor House Films starring Andrew Lawrence and Gary Busey.

The film’s producers ran into a dilemma when filling out Oscar paperwork, which required them to classify Mantle, who was born a man, as either male or female. Mantle was submitted for consideration in both categories, and the Academy confirmed that the performer can be nominated in either one.

There was no "dilemma" by any stretch of the imagination – only an effort to advance and legitimize the notion of "gender fluidity." 

“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.

This actually works to the detriment of the unknown actor because it splits the small number of votes he will get between two genders. 

But I'm sure that didn't factor into the producers' decision.  The submission of Mantle's name in both male and female categories was both a publicity stunt and a political statement.  They are already allowing men who identify as women to compete on female athletic teams.  Soon, our gender-crazy society will be so screwed up that it will be impossible to recognize in any traditional way.

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