This article was published on December 18th, 2018
Hot off the heals of the successful indie film The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Boy Erased a studio film also dealing with conversion therapy and queer kids being forced to endure this horrific “treatment”. With two Golden Globe nominations and a whole lot of Oscar buzz, Boy Erased is the queer mainstream film that everyone is talking about.
Though she was passed up for a Golden Globe nomination, Boy Erased stars Nicole Kidman and Russel Crowe as the über conservative Christian parents of a gay son, Golden Globe for best actor nominee Lucas Hedges, whom they think they can change and make him straight by forcing him into conversion therapy.
The film is a poignant look at a world that many young queer teens were forced to endure and live through as a result of parents who didn’t support them and their true identities as LGBT people. Lucas Hedges offers a heroic and extremely tragic displaced leading titular character and Oscar buzz is already circling around his, Kidman’s and Crowe’s performances as Hedge’s distraught and confused parents.
The film co-stars Cherry Jones, Joel Edgerton, and openly gay pop star Troye Sivan. Sivan’s song for Boy Erased, Revelation, is the film’s second and only other Golden Globe nomination. The 23 year old Australian native is one of the youngest Golden Globe nominees for Best original song in the award show’s history.
“Writing ‘Revelation’ for Boy Erased was an incredible honor for all of us. The song echoes the film’s message that love is love, and that not only is there no way to change who you love, but there is no reason to change. We’re thrilled that the HFPA and Golden Globes heard that in our song and are humbled by this nomination.” Sivan said.
This be the queer film to finally take home the big Academy Award trophies come next year. For now, the Golden Globes only gave Boy Erased two nods. Ledge’s tear jerking performance could win him the trophy for best male performance by an actor. And Sivan’s Revelation could start a revolution of queer people winning the coveted musical trophy.
For your consideration is Boy Erased, a movie all queer people should see to fully understand what it was like to be forced to go through conversion therapy and the forever harm it caused to members of the LGBT community. Boy Erased is in theaters now.