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18 Jan 2011

Gay Golden Globe winners: Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, Jim Parsons...

Glee emerged the big winner of the night with three trophies, including Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical and with its two openly gay castmembers Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer winning best supporting actress and actor in a television production.

Hit musical comedy-drama television series Glee and indie film The Kids are All Right came away with multiple wins each at the 68th Annual Golden Globes in Los Angeles last Sunday, including the top trophies in their respective categories.

Chris Colfer
One of the most inspiring and blogged about moments of the night was openly gay actor Chris Colfer’s win and acceptance speech. He took home the Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television award for his portrayal of Kurt on Glee.

After thanking the show’s creator Ryan Murphy for being his “fairy godfather,” the actor dedicated his award to bullied teens "who are constantly told ‘no’ [by] people and environments and bullies at school that they can’t be who they are or can’t have what they want because of who they are."

"Screw that, kids," Colfer said to loud applause. Speaking to reporters backstage following his Golden Globes win, he added: "Now I'm really trying not to cry, but one of the best things, for all the kids who are watching tonight, who don't understand that Kurt Hummel is a character… they saw him win and that's great."


Glee star Jane Lynch (right) with wife Dr Lara Embry

Glee star Jane Lynch won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television and delivered a trademark witty speech, saying, "I am nothing if not falsely humble," before thanking her wife Dr Lara Embry.


Despite gay filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko not winning Best Screenplay and missing a nomination entirely in the director category for her film The Kids Are All Right, her movie won Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical beating Alice in Wonderland, Burlesque, Red and The Tourist. Annette Bening beat her co-star Julianne Moore, who played her wife, and took home Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical in a movie about a lesbian-headed family forced to deal with the unexpected arrival of their sperm donor.

Gay actor Jim Parson beat hot favourite Matthew Morrison (Glee) to win Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Comedy Or Musical for his character in The Big Bang Theory in which he plays an asexual socially awkward but highly intelligent physicist.

Other LGBT and LGBT-inclusive Golden Globe winners include Burlesque, Best Original Song - Motion Picture and Boardwalk Empire for Best Television Series – Drama.

Among the LGBT and LGBT-inclusive Golden Globe nominees:

• Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical, Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right)
• Best Television Series – Drama, The Good Wife
• Best Television Series - Comedy Or Musical, Modern Family
• Best Screenplay - Motion Picture, Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right)

For a full list of winners, click onto goldenglobes.org/nominations.


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