Oscar nominee Annette Bening says she hopes the lesbian moms movie The Kids Are All Right opens some hearts and minds, Fox All Access reported.

The film has been nominated for an Oscar for best picture and Bening, one of the film's leading ladies, has received a best actress nomination for her portrayal of a lesbian mother trying to hold her family together.

During Monday's Oscar luncheon, Bening said she was proud of the film.

“I think when something's a good movie, first of all well made, entertaining to a degree, funny, maybe has some heart to it – that's the first thing, before anything – that comes first. If you can open people's hearts first, then maybe people's minds get opened after that,” Bening said.

“I'm very proud of that part of this movie. I'm proud that the movie does stand up for the dignity of all families and especially for the kids in these families. That's something that I think will get to most people. Is that those children deserve the same self respect and sense of dignity about their own families as kids of straight parents.”

“I hope that that does open a few hearts and minds,” Bening added.

The film's writers, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, have also been nominated for best screenplay, and Mark Ruffalo has received a best supporting actor nomination for his portrayal of biological father Paul.