The Golden Globes Nod to Queer Characters

The Golden Globe nominations came down yesterday and as I read the list, I began to get more and more excited. Especially in light of the fact that the beloved Spanish couple of Christina and Isabel (Crisabel) are no more,  but much more on that later. What got me so joyous was the fact that several of actresses that played queer have been nominated in their various categories.

Tatiana Maslany

Tatiana Maslany

Let’s start with the Best Actress in a Drama Series. To the delight of lesbian everywhere, Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black) were nominated. Score two for the lady queer factions. Also among their group are Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Kerry Washington (Scandal) and Robin Wright (House of Cards).

My money is on rookie Tatiana Maslany for the unbelievable job on the BBC America dark thriller, as she portrays seven distinctive characters including, Sarah Manning, a street smart British orphan; Allison Hendrix, an uptight  homemaker and Cosima Niehaus, the dread-wearing, tattooed science geek. Although snubbed in this year Emmy race, she did pick up Best Actress in a Drama Series at the Critics’ Choice Awards this past June. Beating out multiple Emmy winner Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad along with Bates Motel’s Vera Farmiga, Parenthood’s Monica Potter and The Americans’ Rhys. Continue reading

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The New Stylized World of Lesbian Tv

We are most excited about the addition of two new television series from Canada and Australian. Both with lesbian and queer characters and relationships in its fold and fortunately both have  followed the new trend of not including these themes as just a sweepstakes ploy or male catching gimmick.

pictureFirstly the highly successful Canadian-made, BBC America produced drama, Orphan Black, a sci-fi TV series co-created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett. This suspenseful, sexy thriller features Tatiana Maslany in the lead role of Sarah Manning, an outsider and orphan. After witnessing a traumatic incident she assumes the identity of a look-a-like, Elizabeth Childs, and is thrown head first into a dangerous and mind-numbing mystery wrapped around the fact that she is a clone.

It has been highly lauded by the critics as well as fans especially for its main protagonist and her powerful and believable portrayal of so many contrasting characters. One of these characters is a biologist, Cosima Niehaus. Continue reading