An actor with two Academy Award nominations on his resume says he’s part of a group that has been largely left out of the awards. The U.K. publication The Guardian reports that Ian McKellen says homophobia is as big an issue as racism among the Academy voters.
McKellen, who is openly gay, received nominations for best lead actor for “Gods and Monsters” (1998) and for best supporting actor for “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001). He did not take home a trophy either time.
McKellen is quoted saying: “No openly gay man has ever won the Oscar; I wonder if that is prejudice or chance.” He also noted that he has written an acceptance speech that begins, “I’m proud to be the first openly gay man to win the Oscar,” and added: “I’ve had to put it back in my pocket twice.”