Kelly Mantle Makes Oscar History Through Recognition in Both Gender Categories
Kelly Mantle, the gender-fluid performer featured in the indie film "Confessions of a Womanizer," is the first person to be considered for both male and female Oscar categories.
The film's producers asked to submit Mantle's name in both the supporting actor and actress categories, and according to Women in the World, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences granted the request.
Interestingly enough, Women in the World also notes that the Actors Branch of the Academy "only established male and female distinctions among actors two years ago." Before then, the nominees were listed together.
Mantle plays a transgender prostitute in "Confessions of a Womanizer," a Miguel Ali indie from Harbor House Films starring Andrew Lawrence and Gary Busey. After taking home numerous awards, including best narrative feature film, and best director at the 2014 Los Angeles Underground Film Festival, the film brings a historic moment for Mantle, and for the the Oscar world as well.
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