BEST OUT ACTRESS ON TV
WINNER: Portia de Rossi, Nip/Tuck (FX)
Although almost every character on Nip/Tuck ends up looking bad,
Portia de Rossi‘s out and decidedly feminist lesbian
character is a refreshing change from many of the other lesbians on television.
And Portia’s decision to play a lesbian on the popular television show is a
courageous move in an industry that still tends to typecast out lesbian actors.
RUNNER-UP: Michelle Paradise on Exes & Ohs
Charming, humble and accessible to fans through her weekly
video blog, Michelle is a little bit Ellen, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, and
highly entertaining to watch whether she’s searching for love on Exes &
Ohs or rambling on her vlog.
BEST OUT ACTRESS IN A THEATRICAL RELEASE
WINNER: Jodie Foster, The Brave One
It’s still debatable how out Jodie Foster is, but since CNN and The Today Show have decided that her recent acceptance
speech for the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at the 16th annual Women
in Entertainment Power 100 breakfast was her coming-out speech, we’ll run with
it. Although The Brave One didn’t
do well at the box-office, Foster delivered an excellent performance as a woman
who becomes a vigilante, and she looked good while doing it.
RUNNER-UP: Angelina Jolie, A Mighty
Although she’s increasingly private about her personal life, the out bisexual
actress delivered what Ebert and Roeper called "one of the most commanding
and moving performances of her career" in A Mighty Heart, a movie
based on the experiences of Mariane Pearl, the widow of Wall Street Journal
reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and executed in Pakistan in 2002.