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Kelly Mantle in "Confessions of a Womanizer." Screen shot (YouTube).

Historic moment

In Oscars first, gender fluid performer will be considered for male and female categories

December 12, 2016

Kelly Mantle, a gender-fluid performer who stars in the indie film Confessions of a Womanizer, is the first person to be considered for both male and female Oscar categories, The Wrap reports.

When submitting paperwork for the Oscars’ nomination process, the film’s producers asked to submit Mantle’s name in both the supporting actor and actress categories. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences granted the request.

The Actors Branch of the Academy only established male and female distinctions for the Acting reminder list two years ago. Before that time, all potential nominees from a given film were listed together.

In Confessions of a Womanizer, which has racked up a number of awards on the indie circuit, Mantle plays a transgender prostitute. Though it seems unlikely that the film will score any Oscar nods, Mantle’s recognition in both gender categories marks a defining moment in Oscar history.

Read the full story at The Wrap.



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