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When is it ok for non-LGBTQ actors play LGBTQ roles, and when is it not ok? EDITOR’S NOTE: At the 78th Academy Awards in 2006, Brokeback Mountain was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won three awards: Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score.

The 2024 Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air on Sunday, March 10, at 6 p.m. on ABC. In 2005, audiences were captivated by the hit film Brokeback Mountain.

While, nearly 20 years later, viewers continue to enjoy the film, a common critique is that the movie’s two stars, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, were straight.

The criticism is part of an ongoing, persistent broader debate over whether or not heterosexual actors should play queer characters.

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