Last night’s Golden Globes started out on a very gay-friendly foot when veteran actor Christopher Plummer took home an award for his role in Beginners. In the film, Plummer plays a senior citizen who comes out to his son (Ewan McGregor) much later in life, after taking a much younger male lover and facing cancer. In his acceptance speech, Plummer said the film is “an enchantingly human story.”
Check out his acceptance speech:
Madonna (and her weird new Euro accent) also made an appearance last night, winning for the best original song “Masterpiece” in her new film W.E. Elton John also competed in the category for his song “Hello, Hello” in the animated kid’s film Gnomeo and Juliet. During her acceptance speech, Madonna poked a little fun at host Ricky Gervais, saying she hasn’t kissed a girl on TV in awhile. And frankly, we miss that side of the Material Girl.
Speaking of the good old days, Kate Winset also won a Golden Globe for best actress in a mini-series or motion picture made for television. She took home the honor for Mildred Pierce, a remake of the Joan Crawford movie for HBO with a few LGBT connections. Not only did Rachel Evan Wood co-star (she came out as bisexual last year) but it was directed by Todd Haynes – who is openly gay.
Another out director, Phyllida Lloyd (she directed The Iron Lady, a film about Margaret Thatcher starring Meryl Streep), also received praise during the show when Streep won the award for best actress for her depiction of the former prime minister. Streep beat out Glenn Close who plays a cross-dressing butler in Albert Nobbs and also Rooney Mara as the bisexual hacker in the remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Leonardo DiCaprio and his portrayal of closeted J. Edgar Hoover also lost to George Clooney in The Descendants. Woody Allen’s surprise hit Midnight in Paris (with a gaggle of gay character cameos – hello, Djuna Barnes) also missed out this time around (The Artist) took home the prize (though Allen won for best screenplay).
Meanwhile, Michelle Williams (remember when she got cozy with a very butch Chloe Sevigny in If These Walls Could Talk 2?) won for My Week with Marilyn – beating Jodi Foster in Carnage and former Monster Charlize Theron in Young Adult. Interestingly, Monroe won a Golden Globe 50 years earlier.
Here’s Williams winning:
ABC’s Modern Family also won for best comedy or musical television series. Yep, it even beat Glee. Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story also lost to Homeland for best TV drama.