RuPaul’s Drag Race is breaking a lot of new ground lately: RuPaul winning an Emmy for best Reality TV Host, Drag Race getting an Emmy nomination, Bianca Del Rio’s film debut “Hurricane Bianca” (2016), Michelle Visage became an author, Shangela headlined her own show in Las Vegas, Miss Fame getting signed by a major modeling agency, Raven finally touring the world in 2017, and Drag Racers invading Europe, Latin America, and Asia. RuPaul’s Drag Race definitely opens a lot of doors for Drag Queens, win or lose.
And speaking of, this brings us to Kelly Mantle, RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 star, could be the first Drag Race cast to get an Oscar nomination. Although her stint in the show was brief, being the first contestant to be eliminated in RuPaul’s first-ever double opening, she continue to make waves beyond the show — appearing in Nashville artist Glenn Stewart’s “Around Again” RuPaul cover music video, co-hosting web series for World of Wonder, and appearing in a string of television shows & movies.
Her recent movie project, “Confessions of a Womanizer” (2014), a comedy — where she played the role of Ginger, and is directed by Miguel Ali — about a womanizer who became best friend with a prostitute, is campaigning for her to get an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor or Best Supporting Actress — both categories is a result of her androgynous status.
Statement from the film’s director on her campaign;
“I, Miguel Ali, along with my producing team, are officially asking the Academy to nominate Gary Busey for Best Supporting Actor, for his work in Confessions of a Womanizer, and we are also asking that Kelly Mantle be nominated for Best Supporting Actress or Best Supporting Actor for her work in our film, as well. We are deeply proud to forge this Oscar campaign, and we are using our film festival tour to build a grassroots following for it.
Of note, Kelly Mantle’s campaign is especially historic – she is the first androgynous actress to campaign for an Oscar, and should she be nominated, she will be the first androgynous actress nominated for an Oscar. We will submit her for consideration for both Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress – the Academy can decide what category she should be nominated under.”—Miguel Ali
Oscar-qualifying screening period is from December 9 to 15!
Let’s all wish her the best of luck!