Hollywood Is Less Gay-friendly Off-screen, Report Finds

Jared Leto to Receive Breakout Performance Honor at Hollywood Film Awards (Exclusive)

Tom Levitt (Christian Borle) On ‘Smash’ Tom Levitt on “Smash” is a gay composer who’s looking to help make his old friend, stage veteran, Ivy Lynn, a prominent Broadway star. Levitt finds himself having to work with his arch-rival, Derek Wills, another accomplished Broadway composer. Dr. George Huang (BD Wong) On ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ The long-running popular show “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” got its first gay character in Dr. George Huang. Although he didn’t have a traditional coming out moment, Huang’s sexuality was confirmed when he dealt with a child molester in an episode. He proclaimed that equating pedophilia with homosexuality, “insults his humanity as a gay man.” ‘Brothers & Sisters’ “Brothers & Sisters” took us into the family drama of the Walkers. Kevin weds his husband in season two, making it television’s first same-sex marriage between two featured characters. ‘Queer As Folk’ “Queer As Folk” is the pioneering show that paved the way for many others like “The L Word,” “Noah’s Arc” and “DTLA.” One of the first cable network shows to feature a cast full of gay characters, “Queer As Folk” takes us into the lives of gay men and women in PIttsburgh. (Video may not be safe for work) LGBT Characters: – Melanie Marcus (Michelle Clunie) – Lindsay Peterson (Thea Gill) – Brian Kinney (Gale Harold) – Justin Taylor (Randy Harrison) – Ted Schmidt (Scott Lowell) – Emmett Honeycutt (Peter Paige) – Michael Novotny (Hal Sparks) ‘Noah’s Arc’ “Noah’s Arc” gave viewers a look into the lives of gay African-American men living in Los Angeles. There’s Noah, the patriarch of the group; Alex, the larger than life HIV/AIDS educator; Ricky, the loyal friend; and Chance, the UCLA professor who settles down into family life.

21 at the Beverly Hilton, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. (The Hollywood Film Awards is owned by affiliates of THR parent company Guggenheim Partners.) our editor recommends PHOTOS:30 Years of Oscar Hosts: Johnny Carson, Seth MacFarlane, Ellen Previous recipients of the Hollywood Breakout Performance Award include Carey Mulligan, Michael Shannon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and John Hawkes. Leto, 41, has been acting for years. He first rose to prominence on the TV show My So-Called Life (1994-1995), and then transitioned into films, including Steve James’ Prefontaine (1997), Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line (1998), James Mangold’s Girl, Interrupted (1999), Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream (2000), Fincher’s Panic Room (2002), Mary Harron’s American Psycho (2000), Andrew Niccol’s Lord of War (2005) and J.P. Schaefer’s Chapter 27 (2007), a Mark David Chapman biopic for which he famously gained 67 pounds. In Dallas Buyers Club, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, Leto is virtually unrecognizable as Rayon, a transsexual — inspired by a real person — who is diagnosed with AIDS during the early days of the epidemic. Leto’s character becomes an unlikely associate and business partner of Matthew McConaughey’s Ron Woodroof, who begins importing and selling non-toxic, anti-viral medications that have not been approved by the FDA but have proven vastly more effective than any that have been. They don’t stop the progression of the deadly plague, but they slow it considerably. (Leto shed 40 pounds to play the part.) STORY:Toronto: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto Make Oscar Cases in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ The Hollywood Film Awards are determined by founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu and an advisory committee. Last month, the Hollywood Film Awards and Dick Clark Productions, which also produced the Golden Globe Awards, entered into a partnership that could lead to the ceremony being televised in future years. Over the past 10 years, Hollywood Film Awards honorees went on to garner a total of 96 Oscar nominations and 34 Oscars.