Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Gay Glory at the Golden Globes

A brilliantly brutal Ricky Gervais on Sunday hosted what many are calling one of the most memorable—and gay-glorifying—Golden Globes award ceremonies in recent history. 

Gervais’ scathing jokes at the expense of celebrity nominees and presenters alike left the star-studded audience squirming and viewers at home snickering at the British host’s unapologetic, Tinsel Town-affronting gall. Despite a smattering of stuffy critiques that Gervais “went too far,” the ceremony proved refreshingly entertaining and veered as far as possible from the forced-polite banality of many glitzy awards evenings. It also racked up quite a few accolades for “Team Gay”—from individual winners to films and TV shows teeming with LGBT themes. 

The night was filled with Glee—and we’re not just referring to the ebullience exhibited by the lucky celebs lugging home statuettes. Fox’s uber-popular, chock-full ‘o gay show Glee scored three big wins, including Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical, a Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for TV accolade for openly gay actor Chris Colfer, and openly lesbian fan fave Jane Lynch’s grab at a G.G. in the counterpart category.

In his acceptance speech, Colfer denounced the current epidemic of bullying—very apropos considering his Glee character’s struggles with anti-gay harassment and Colfer’s own orientation.

"Most importantly, 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. An effortlessly charming and jokingly self-aggrandizing Jane Lynch made it a point to thank her wife and children in her speech. 

The Kids Are All Right—in which Annette Bening and Julianne Moore play a lesbian couple whose children meet their sperm donor, and for which both thespians earned Best Actress in a Motion Picture nominations—did “all right,” as well. The film won the GG for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical, and Annette Bening took home the prize for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical.

Natalie Portman received the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for her jarring and complex portrayal of a ballet dancer spiraling into insanity in Black Swan (complete with frenzied [and pretty damn hot, if we may say so] lesbian sex scene with costar Mila Kunis).

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