Oh, “Bound.” One of our all time favorite classic lesbian movies. We would do just about anything to see the film’s leading ladies together again– their chemistry was palpable, their performance flawless, and lez be honest, we all had lesbian epiphanies while watching. Now, thanks to this year’s GLAAD awards, our fantasy is made reality. Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly, the stars of “Bound,” will be reuniting onstage during this March’s Awards ceremony.
Lana and Lilly Wachowskis’ directorial debut, “Bound” is a quintessential heist movie with a queer twist, and was one of the first films with a wide release to feature openly queer protagonists. In the movie, lovers Violet (Jennifer Tilly) and Corky (Gina Gershon) hatch a plan to steal millions of dollars from the mob and, of course, drama and hijinks ensue. “Bound” won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film – Wide Release after it was released in 1996. It also won critical acclaim at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, which was remarkable because it contains a few ~steamy~ lesbian scenes. The movie was ahead of its time when it came to showing anything close to a realistic lesbian romance and sex scenes. In fact, they even had feminist sex educator Susie Bright choreograph the sex scenes to make sure they were realistic. Purr.
If you haven’t seen it, you should go watch it right now to enjoy so much ‘90’s fashion and so many great lesbian lines like this exchange:
Violet: That’s a great tattoo. Beautiful labrys. Are you surprised I know what it is?
Violet: I have a tattoo. Would you like to see it?
I literally blushed the first time I heard it. Granted I was 16, in the closet, and watching it on a VHS tape in my living room but still. Now, 20 years later Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly will be back together onstage at this year’s GLAAD Awards, and honestly, I hope they’re planning on dressing in character. If you want to get in the mood and remember just how much there is to love about “Bound” before watching the ceremony, you can rent it on Amazon.
GLAAD announced 151 nominees in 27 categories for the GLAAD Media Awards, including an inaugural category for Outstanding Video Game, along with Kids & Family Programming, Comedy and Drama Series, Documentary, Reality Series, Music Artist, Comic Book, print, broadcast, and online news, and five Spanish-language categories. For the first time ever, the GLAAD Media Awards’ Outstanding Film – Limited Release category expanded from five to ten nominees as a result of a welcome increase in fair, accurate, and inclusive LGBTQ images in film. Nominees included Love Simon, Crazy Rich Asians, The Favourite, Pose, Schitt’s Creek, The Handmaid’s Tale, Nanette, Janelle Monáe, Hayley Kiyoko, Troye Sivan, American Idol, She-Ra, Law & Order: SVU, Don Lemon, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee,Univision, MSNBC, Ebony, GQ, CNN, and The New York Times.