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Oscars: Gender-Fluid Actor Kelly Mantle Submitted For Consideration in Both Male and Female Categories

Oscars: Gender-Fluid Actor Kelly Mantle Submitted For Consideration in Both Male and Female Categories
This past Friday Miguel Ali’s indie film “Confessions of a Womanizer” was released in limited theaters for an Oscar-qualifying run. Now, one of its actors has made Academy Award history without being nominated.

Kelly Mantle, an actor who identifies as gender-fluid, is the first performer to have submitted and be considered for a nomination in both Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting actress categories.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, once Mantle was submitted in both male and female categories by the film’s creators, the Academy confirmed that he “can be nominated in either category.”

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Mantle, best known as a contestant on the sixth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” portrays a transgender prostitute in “Confessions of a Womanizer.” The picture traveled around the indie film circuit in 2014, but
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Oscars: Academy Deems Gender-Fluid Performer Eligible in Both Male and Female Categories

Kelly Mantle in ‘Confessions of a Womanizer’ (Courtesy: Confessions of a Womanizer – Official Movie Page)

By: Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

Kelly Mantle, a performer who identifies as “gender fluid,” has made Oscar history.

The 40-year-old, who was born a male and is best known as a contestant on the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, plays the supporting part of a transgender prostitute in Miguel Ali’s Confessions of a Womanizer, an indie starring Gary Busey that is in the midst of its Oscar-qualifying run this week.

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Gender-Fluid Actor Kelly Mantle Makes Oscar History

Gender-Fluid Actor Kelly Mantle Makes Oscar History
Opening Friday in limited release for an Oscar-qualifying run is “Confessions of a Womanizer,” directed by Miguel Ali. The small indie film is the longest of shots for Academy consideration, but that’s not stopping it from making history.

In submitting eligibility materials to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the film’s producers sought both supporting actor and supporting actress consideration for gender-fluid actor Kelly Mantle. The Academy granted the request, setting a historic precedent.

Gender-fluid and trans characters have been represented by Oscar-nominated actors such as John Lithgow (“The World According to Garp”), Hillary Swank (“Boys Don’t Cry”) and Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”). There is one instance, meanwhile, of an Oscar nomination for a gender-swapping role: Linda Hunt in fact won the supporting actress prize for playing a male dwarf in 1982’s “The Year of Living Dangerously.”

But Mantle, known for appearing as a
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Gender Fluid Performer Kelly Mantle Eligible in Male and Female Oscar Categories

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Gender Fluid Performer Kelly Mantle Eligible in Male and Female Oscar Categories
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.
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Celebrity Patriots

These showbiz peeps rocked the vote, today. Their next important vote: guild voting for Best Movies / Performances of the Year (or just continuing to be fabulous if they're not a guild member)!

Cute election day photos of Zoe Kazan, Mae Whitman, Justin Theroux, Drew Barrymore, Erich Bergen, Jonathan Lisecki (Gayby), Judy Greer, Neil Patrick Harris, Marisa Tomei, Adam Scott, Kelly Mantle (RuPaul's Drag Race), Anne Hathaway, Melissa McCarthy, Garrett Dillahunt, Chloe Bennet (Agents of Shield), Jason Ritter, and Nicole Kidman after the jump.

Which photo is your favorite?
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'RuPaul's Drag Race': America's Next Drag Superstar talks taking the crown, testing her own sanity

'RuPaul's Drag Race': America's Next Drag Superstar talks taking the crown, testing her own sanity
Didn’t see Monday’s season 6 finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race? Stop Reading. If you think Mama Ru is serving up sass-apointment realness above, then “don’t f— it up” by exposing yourself to Spoilers. However if you have seen the ep, shanté, you can stay.

Last night saw the search for America’s Next Drag Superstar reach its sickening conclusion. Between scrappy up-and-comer Adore Delano, perfectly polished established Aussie Courtney Act, and equal-parts-heart-and-burn insult comic Bianca Del Rio, Bianca took the title. Waking up before noon in Las Vegas (shade!), Bianca spoke about her immediate reaction to hearing her name last night,
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'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 6 finale declares that America's Next Drag Superstar is...

'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 6 finale declares that America's Next Drag Superstar is...
The search for America’s Next Drag Superstar has come to its read-’em-and-weep conclusion. If you’ve seen the season 6 finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race and know which of the queens took the crown, keep reading. If you haven’t seen the episode yet, do not click through for fear of getting an eyeful of sequined and Spanxed Spoilers!

After 13 weeks of sickening competition, the final three was simple as A-b-c: Adore Delano, the scrappy ex-American Idol finalist (center); sassy one-liner pro Bianca Del Rio (right); and fishtacular Aussie Idol alum Courtney Act (left).

So which lady’s Charisma,
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'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 6 premiere recap: Hot Glue and Desperation

'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 6 premiere recap: Hot Glue and Desperation
“This program will be broadcast in Hds: High Definition Shade.”

So said hostess with the mostess RuPaul, introducing the seven queens competing on Monday’s season 6 premiere, part one. Yep. You heard that right: Seven queens, part one. In an effort to shake it up like a stiff (no longer Absolut) cocktail, Ru changed the game for this edition of Drag Race. For starters, the premiere will take place over two weeks, with one batch of queens arriving the first week and facing elimination. The process will repeat next week because, as Ru put it, “The only thing better than
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'RuPaul's Drag Race' Recap: Seven Contestants Battle To Be In The Top 12 In Part 1 Of The Season 6 Premiere

RuPaul’s Drag Race kicked off its sixth season with seven contestants battling it out for six available spots in part one of the premiere.

Next week, the premiere will conclude with seven more contestants being put to the test, and finally in week three the surviving 12 will come together for the competition. The two-part premiere is not the only trick RuPaul had up her sleeve. Another big change this season is there will be absolutely no immunity from eliminations.

First things first, RuPaul opened the show with her usual flair and introduced us to the Queens:

Adore Delano, aka Danny Noriega, is perhaps one of the less experienced of the contestants, but she has enough sass to fill any room. Noriega is no stranger to reality tv competition. He was a contestant on Season 7 of American Idol.

Gia Gunn and Vivacious wowed with their extravagant outfits, with Gunn arriving
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'RuPaul's Drag Race': Check out the sickening season 6 supertease and meet the queens -- Exclusive Video

'RuPaul's Drag Race': Check out the sickening season 6 supertease and meet the queens -- Exclusive Video
The hunt for America’s Next Drag Superstar will resume next February as RuPaul’s Drag Race returns for a sixth season. As the formidable reign of Jinx Monsoon wraps up, Drag Race’s Hbic has enlisted 14 new queens — not to mention stunning array of guest judges she previewed to EW back in September — to compete for bragging rights (plus $100,000).

According to the hostess, this season “is rated ‘Bbb’: ‘Bitches Better Beware!’” Adds Ru about her new batch of bebes, “Quite frankly, I’m scared of these queens.”

Click through for an exclusively fiiiiierce supertease for season 6 (set to
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'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 6 cast rumors: Meet the (possible) new queens

With Jinkx Monsoon's Season 5 win firmly a thing of the past, anticipation for Season 6 of "RuPaul's Drag Race" has reached near fever pitch. While Logo hasn't even announced a premiere date (though the new season will likely follow those that have come before it and bow late January, 2014), the show is rumored to be currently in production, causing a flurry of casting rumors.

A website called Buzzsauce claims to have determined which 12 drag queens will be gunning for the title in Season 6, utilizing the very scientific method of noting who has been quiet on social media. Below are the dozen names thought to be filming now, though be sure to take it all with a grain of salt.

1. Adriana Le Glam

It's noted that this fishy (meaning: very feminine) queen from NYC, while rumored to be on the show, has remained quite active on social media. So, there goes that whole process Buzzsauce used.
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Logo to air 'Dragtastic' comedy special tonight: Host Pandora Boxx gives EW a preview!

Logo to air 'Dragtastic' comedy special tonight: Host Pandora Boxx gives EW a preview!
Tonight at 10 p.m., Logo will air a comedy special called One Night Stand Up: Dragtastic, marking the extremely rare occasion in the history of the fledgling gay cable network where it features a bunch of really funny drag queens. Oh, wait. Who the hell are we kidding? Really funny drag queens—hello RuPaul’s Drag Race, which launches its third season a week from today!—are the bread and butter of Logo! And thus, why we here at EW are always glued to the network. One of the best parts about tonight’s stand-up special Dragtastic—even though
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