PlanetOut.com announced the results of the Fifth Annual PopcornQ Top 10 Movie Poll based on a survey of the siteâ€™s members. PlanetOut.com is a Web site serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community. Its PopcornQ site is the definitive source for lesbian and gay movie news, reviews, interviews, professional resources and online short movie viewing. The annual Top 10 Movie Poll asks PlanetOut.comâ€™s more than 1.7 million visitors to vote for their favorite gay and lesbian movies released over the past year.
This yearâ€™s top honor goes to John Cameron Mitchellâ€™s critically acclaimed Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Adapted from actor/director Mitchellâ€™s hit off-Broadway show, Hedwig tells the tale of a transgender punk rock singer and her musical band of misfits (whose moniker refers to the result of a botched sex change operation) as she searches for love and fame. Mitchell has received a Golden Globe best actor nomination for his tour de force performance.
Two much ballyhooed films also making the top 10 are David Lynch’s acclaimed Mulholland Drive, featuring a lesbian subplot, which has been named best picture of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle; and The Deep End, from directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel, starring Golden Globe nominee Tilda Swinton as a mother protecting her gay son.
Films rounding out the top 10 include: Michael Cuestaâ€™s controversial L.I.E., which garnered an NC-17 rating from the MPAA for depicting an ambiguous relationship between a potential pedophile and a teenage boy intrigued by the older manâ€™s affections; Showtime’s miniseries adaptation of “Armistead Maupin’s Further Tales of the City,” starring OscarÂ® nominee (for “You Can Count on Me”) Laura Linney; Julie Davis’ mainstream romantic comedy “All Over the Guy, about two gay men struggling to fall in love despite their incompatibility; Nico and Dani, the Spanish sleeper about a boy in love with his straight best friend; the gay coming-of-age tale Come Undone, a French import; Margaret Cho’s long-running comic performance film “I’m the One That I Want;” and the feel-good romantic comedy “Big Eden,” a film festival favorite from 2000 that finally got distribution in 2001.
“The response to this year’s poll was tremendous, and it’s great to see that our readers are such cinephiles,” said PlanetOut.com Senior Entertainment Producer Jenni Olson commenting on the number of indie films in the Top 10.
“Hedwig is a terrific gay crossover film that really captures the hearts and minds of gay and straight audiences alike,” added Olson. “Congrats to John Cameron Mitchell and all the folks at Fine Line Features for being so visionary about gay indie cinema — you are the people’s choice!”
Here’s the list of PlanetOut.com’s readers choices for the top 10 Gay Movies of 2001:
1. Hedwig and the Angry Inch ^ 2. L.I.E. ^ 3. “All Over the Guy” ^ 4. Nico and Dani ^ 5. “I’m the One That I Want” ^ 6. “Armistead Maupin’s Further Tales of the City” ^ 7. The Deep End ^ 8. “Big Eden” ^ 9. “Come Undone” ^ 10. Mulholland Drive
The complete results of the poll are available at PlanetOut.com.
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