Tom Ford's A Single Man, about a bereaved college professor (Colin Firth) in 1960s Los Angeles, was chosen as the “outstanding wide-release film” at the 21st annual GLAAD Media Awards, presented by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation at the Hyatt Regent Century Plaza Hotel in LA.
According to Ford's longtime partner, Richard Buckley, the designer-turned-filmmaker was stuck in London as a result of the Icelandic volcanic ash.
Fox's Glee was voted best television comedy. The show's writer and co-creator Ryan Murphy thanked cast member Jane Lynch for using Glee to announce her engagement to longtime partner Lara Embry. Murphy also thanked cast member Chris Colfer.
“We have so much love for our own Chris Colfer, who at age 19 when the media came calling, Chris was true to who he is instead of waiting to announce (that he's gay) at 40 when it doesn't matter,” Murphy said. “This show is about arts education and inclusion, and we are using the show in a great way.”
(Actually, announcing that you're gay at 40 still very much matters. Ask Ricky Martin. Perhaps Murphy meant 84 or something.)
Other GLAAD Award recipients were Drew Barrymore, who was handed the Vanguard Award, and Wanda Sykes, given the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which goes to a non-heterosexual media professional promoting equal rights for, well, non-heterosexuals.
“I want to thank the Fox network for allowing me to do the show I'm doing,” Sykes remarked in her acceptance speech. “It's like Rupert Murdoch buying back all the hate – like I'm saving him from going to hell.”
Constance McMillen received a standing ovation when she showed up onstage to present Sykes her prize. McMillen is the Mississippi teenager whose high school opted to cancel its prom rather than allow the student to bring her girlfriend to the party. (An “informal” prom was staged elsewhere; McMillen wasn't invited.)
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