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‘Rustin’ Star Colman Domingo Becomes 2nd Openly Gay Actor To Receive An Oscar Nomination For Playing A Gay Character

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Colman Domingo as Bayard Rustin. (Photo: David Lee/Netflix)

Rustin star Colman Domingo is making history as the second openly gay actor to receive an Oscar nomination for playing a gay character.

Ian McKellen was the first, in 1999, for Gods and Monsters and his portrayal of James Whale, the real-life director of the iconic 1930s horror films Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein.

Colman, 54, received his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Bayard Rustin in the Netflix film, Rustin.

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Bayard Rustin was a gay Black Civil Rights leader, who helped organize the March on Washington, but his legacy within the movement was all but erased. 

During an appearance on “The View,” Colman talked about his connection to the role and why it is important to re-examine our history.

As an openly gay man, myself, I think that I am standing on the shoulders of these impactful human beings – that everyone took part in this democracy.

But, what history does – it marginalizes because he didn’t fit a certain profile.

But, no one could deny that this man was the smartest, he was intelligent and witty, and he could get it done.

I think now it’s about how we re-examine history. 

Watch the interview below. 

Congratulations to Colman Domingo on his well-deserved 2024 Oscar nomination

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