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Openly Gay Men Who Won Oscars Before Sam Smith

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George Cukor, 1965 – Best Director (My Fair Lady)

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Cukor was already a gay figurehead in Hollywood by the 1930s, though his homosexuality was described as an “open secret.”

John Schlesinger, 1970 – Best Director (Midnight Cowboy

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Schlesinger was an openly-gay director who had been in a relationship with Michael Childers since the ’60s.

Sir John Gielgud, 1982 – Actor in a Supporting Role (Arthur)

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A legendary British actor, Gielgud was arrested in 1953 for cruising in a public lavatory; any homosexual acts were illegal in England through the 1960s. The story went public and Gielgud was concerned his career was over, only to find that the public supported him just as strongly as ever.