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Al Pacino, Chris Colfer: Golden Globe Winners on Assisted Suicide, Bullies

Al Pacino Golden Globe winner assisted suicide advocate Dr. Jack KevorkianAl Pacino: Golden Globe winner for playing assisted suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

Golden Globe winner Al Pacino

Al Pacino was the 2011 Golden Globe winner in the Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television category for his performance in Barry Levinson's HBO drama You Don't Know Jack, in which he plays Dr. Jack Kevorkian, infamous in the United States for his assisted suicide procedures – for terminally ill patients – which landed him in jail in the late 1990s.

“Jack, in a strange way, represents a kind of hope and that gives [patients] enough control over their lives,” Al Pacino told the Los Angeles Times. “'I can do it. I don't have to go through this. I can go out with dignity.'”

When asked about his own views on assisted suicide, Pacino replied that he was “going to stay away from that controversy. It's not my policy to speak about that. I'm sorry, I don't mean to be unbelievably dull.”

Also in the You Don't Know Jack cast: Veterans Brenda Vaccaro (Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee for Once Is Not Enough, 1975) and John Goodman.

Al Pacino Oscar nominations

With about 40 movies to his credit in a film career that spans more than four decades, Al Pacino has been shortlisted for eight Academy Awards in the acting categories – the last time in early 1993, or nearly two decades ago.

He won for Scent of a Woman, a remake of Dino Risi's Profumo di donna (1974), starring Vittorio Gassman.

  • Best Supporting Actor for The Godfather (1972).
    Dir.: Francis Ford Coppola.
    Cast: Marlon Brando. Al Pacino. James Caan. Robert Duvall. Diane Keaton. Sterling Hayden. Talia Shire. Abe Vigoda. Richard Conte. Franco Citti. John Marley.
    Winner: Joel Grey for Cabaret.
  • Best Actor for Serpico (1973).
    Dir.: Sidney Lumet.
    Cast: Al Pacino. John Randolph. Biff McGuire. Tony Roberts. Cornelia Sharpe. Jack Kehoe.
    Winner: Jack Lemmon for Save the Tiger.
  • Best Actor for The Godfather: Part II (1974).
    Dir.: Francis Ford Coppola.
    Cast: Al Pacino. Diane Keaton. Robert Duvall. Talia Shire. Robert De Niro. John Cazale. Lee Strasberg. Troy Donahue. Michael V. Gazzo.
    Winner: Art Carney for Harry and Tonto.
  • Best Actor for Dog Day Afternoon (1975).
    Dir.: Sidney Lumet.
    Cast: Al Pacino. Chris Sarandon. John Cazale.
    Winner: Jack Nicholson for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
  • Best Actor for …And Justice for All (1979).
    Dir.: Norman Jewison.
    Cast: Al Pacino. John Forsythe. Christine Lahti. Jack Warden. Lee Strasberg. Jeffrey Tambor. Craig T. Nelson.
    Winner: Dustin Hoffman for Kramer vs. Kramer.
  • Best Supporting Actor for Dick Tracy (1990).
    Dir.: Warren Beatty.
    Cast:Warren Beatty. Madonna. Dustin Hoffman. Dick Van Dyke. Glenne Headly. William Forsythe. Paul Sorvino. Mandy Patinkin. James Caan. Seymour Cassel. Kathy Bates. Ed O'Ross. Charlie Korsmo.
    Winner: Joe Pesci for Goodfellas.
  • Best Actor for Scent of a Woman (1992).
    Dir.: Martin Brest.
    Cast: Al Pacino. Chris O'Donnell. Gabrielle Anwar. Philip Seymour Hoffman.
  • Best Supporting Actor for Glengarry Glen Ross (1992).
    Dir.: James Foley.
    Cast: Jack Lemmon. Al Pacino. Alec Baldwin. Kevin Spacey. Ed Harris. Alan Arkin. Jonathan Pryce.
    Winner: Gene Hackman for Unforgiven.

The 2011 Golden Globes ceremony was held at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, on Sunday, Jan. 16.

Golden Globe winner Al Pacino photo: © HFPA / Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Chris Colfer Golden Globe winner lost heart thanked fairy godfatherChris Colfer: Golden Globe winner for 'Glee' lost heart, thanked 'fairy godfather.'

Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer

In the image above, Chris Colfer displays his Golden Globe backstage in the press room at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. The 20-year-old Colfer won in the Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie category for his performance as Kurt Hummel in Glee – which also won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical.

In addition to calling Glee producer Ryan Murphy his “fairy godfather” – no gay pun intended, one assumes – Chris Colfer dedicated his Golden Globe to “the amazing kids that watch our show and that our show celebrates and 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.”

Besides, Colfer said something or other about dropping his heart between Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore or whereabouts, asking that it be handed back to him in case anyone happened to find it. It isn't clear whether Colfer's missing organ was seen anywhere, and if so, whether anyone took the trouble to return it.

Chris Colfer movies

To date, Chris Colfer (or his voice) has been featured – briefly – in only a couple of movies:

  • Terence Heuston's short comedy Russel Fish: The Sausage and Eggs Incident (2009).
  • Tom Dey's Marmaduke (2010), in which Colfer provided the voice of Drama Dog #2.
    Cast: Judy Greer. Lee Pace. William H. Macy.
    Voice Cast: Owen Wilson. Emma Stone. George Lopez. Steve Coogan. Fergie. Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Damon Wayans Jr. Kiefer Sutherland. Marlon Wayans. Sam Elliott.

Chris Colfer's TV career basically consists of his work in Glee.

Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer photo: © HFPA / Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

 

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