02/24/2012 09:30 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Academy Awards 2012: Gay Reasons To Watch The Oscars

The glamour! The A-list stars! The after parties!

These are just three of the many reasons the Academy Awards are often jokingly referred to as "the gay man's Super Bowl." Indeed, there are few annual events we look forward to as much as Oscar night, though many of us confess to watching as diligently for the haute couture as we do for the awards themselves.

Though the Academy has a history of honoring actors' portrayals of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters (from Hilary Swank in "Boys Don't Cry" to Charlize Theron in "Monster" to Sean Penn in "Milk") the 2012 line-up could be the most gay-friendly yet. Not only is Christopher Plummer up for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of an elderly gay man battling terminal cancer in "Beginners," but Hollywood hunks George Clooney (nominated for "The Descendants") and Brad Pitt (for "Moneyball") have been profusely outspoken in their support of marriage equality. And let's not forget Glenn Close's spellbinding turn as a woman living as a man in 19th century Ireland in "Albert Nobbs."

As for parties, we'd love to snag an invite to one of two rivaling bashes hosted by gay icons (and, it seems, arch enemies) Elton John and Madonna.

Check out 12 great gay reasons to tune in this year below:



Gay Elements Of The Oscars 2012