Colman Domingo Makes History with First Oscar Nomination for "Rustin"

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Colman Domingo received his first-ever Oscar nomination on January 23rd, 2024, in the Best Actor category for his portrayal of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin in the film "Rustin."

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This nomination is significant for several reasons. Domingo is the first openly gay Black man to be nominated for playing a gay character in a leading role.

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He is also only the second openly gay man to be nominated for playing a gay character in any category, following Sir Ian McKellen in 1999.

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Domingo's performance in "Rustin" has been widely praised by critics, with many calling it a tour-de-force.

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The film itself tells the story of Rustin's pivotal role in organizing the 1963 March on Washington, and his lifelong fight for equality.

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Domingo's nomination is a major victory for representation in Hollywood, and it is sure to inspire generations of actors and filmmakers to come.

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