Corrected entry: Is it really likely that in America in 1997 a teacher would be sacked for being gay? Surely the school could be sued for a fortune for unfair dismissal.
Correction: In Indiana, like in most states, workplace discrimination against gays is not illegal, according to the Indiana Code. In fact, type in the words "Cracker Barrel" and "Homosexual" into an internet search engine, and you'll find articles about how this restaurant chain fired gay employees in the 90's.
Corrected entry: Obviously done deliberately to show how ridiculous the Oscar-winning film is, but it's not likely that the last scene of a film would be show at an awards ceremony. It would be a bit of a spoiler.
Correction: Not really. For a film to be eligible for an Oscar nomination it has to have been on general release during the previous year. While it is true that some films get round this by being shown in December this is still three months prior to the ceremony.