For those who were able to evaluate the show beyond caustically funny Ricky Gervais’ verbal scathing, the 68th Annual Golden Globes honored a variety of gays and lesbians—on the small screen, the big screen and in real life.
The gay-friendly TV series Glee earned three big nods. Chris Colfer, in a moving acceptance speech that left many in the audience in tears, celebrated his first-ever win for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his work as gay student Kurt Hummel. “To all the amazing kids that watch our show and the kids that our show celebrates, who are constantly told ‘no’ by the people in their environments, by bullies at school that they can’t be who they are or have what they want because of who they are…well, screw that, kids,” Colfer said.
A bit later in the broadcast, Jane Lynch’s portrayal of Glee’s acerbic gym teacher Sue Sylvester earned her the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. The show also won for Best Television Series – Comedy.
Other gay-inclusive TV nominees included The Good Wife in the Best Series – Drama category and Modern Family for Best Series – Comedy.
In the awards’ film component, lesbian director Lisa Cholodenko’s film The Kids Are All Right was all over the ballot. Annette Bening’s turn as the spurned lesbian mom got her the trophy for Best Actress, while the critically acclaimed film—garnering Oscar buzz for its unconventional plot and stellar performances—won the Golden Globe for Best Picture – Musical or Comedy. Cholodenko and co-writer Stuart Blumberg were also nominated for Best Screenplay – Motion Picture, and Julianne Moore was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for her role as Bening’s on-screen partner.