At this year 72nd Golden Globes the discussion was on LGBT visibility, and the world beginning to see some clear mainstream recognition to first-rate LGBT films, TV shows, characters and performers.
We had ‘Transparent’, Amazon Prime’s groundbreaking new series about a middle-aged trans woman and her unconventional family. HBO’s adaptation of ‘The Normal Heart’ nominated for Best TV Movie, and nods for co-stars Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer. The ‘Imitation Game’, which starred Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in the biopic film about gay codebreaker Alan Turing, earned a bevy of nominations. Then there is ‘Pride’, the indie about queer activists who aligned with striking coal miners in 1980s England – which had already snagged honors at Cannes and the British Independent Film Awards.
Not too mention the nominees in the television categories reflect the growing LGBT inclusivity: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ got a fair share of nods, including for stars Taylor Schilling (Piper Chapman) and Uzo Aduba (Crazy Eyes). Kevin Spacey scored a nomination as manipulative bisexual politician Francis ‘Underwood in House of Cards’, and gay faves like ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ also made the cut.
But how did our queer stories fair?
Well, Matt Bomer won a best supporting actor award for ‘The Normal Heart’. Bomer gave a lovely speech thanking his kids and husband Simon Halls.
“To my husband Simon Halls and our three kids… Thank you for putting up with me when I was 130 pounds and really grumpy when you ate pizza in front of me.”
Kevin Spacey was awarded Best Actor in a Television Show, but managed to drop F-bomb during his acceptance speech.
‘This is the eighth time I’ve been nominated – I can’t f***ing believe I won!’
This was Spacey’s first Golden Globe win despite previously being nominated eight times; included being nominated for the same role in the Netflix series last year, as well as being nominated for his portrayal of sexually frustrated husband Lester Burnham in American Beauty.
‘Transparent’ was named the Best TV Comedy, and Jeffrey Tambor was named Best Actor in a TV Comedy for his role playing a transgender mother. Creator Jill Soloway thanked her own trans-parent for coming out and inspiring her.
She also dedicated the award to Leelah Alcorn and other transgender youth struggling for acceptance.
“This award is dedicated to the memory of Leelah Alcorn … And I just want to thank you for coming out. Maybe we’ll teach the world something about authenticity, and truth, and love…. to love.”
Despite five nominations ‘The Imitation Game’ disappointed at Golden Globes coming away with nothing. ‘Pride’ also failed to feature, and Uzo Aduba and Taylor Schilling were disappointed in the TV category.
So all in all, it was a mixed night for LGBT visibility, but the media hype was very postive.