Extra gay guide to Sunday’s Golden Globes

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imageWe can be red carpet whores, but we do love a bonus tear jerk when winners are LGBT or LGBT-adjacent. We lay out the 2011 nominees to root for on Sunday and the landscape of the game. Like your dad does when he forces you to watch football during the holidays, only gayer.

Difficult as it is for some to imagine, there are actually people who need more LGBT reasons to watch the Golden Globe Awards than just the fact that awards season officially starts, which in itself is inherently, if not specifically, gay.

Encouraged but not required for viewing: Tiara, award replica, wine and tissues. Maybe more wine. Perhaps a Snuggie-cum-red carpet gown.

Nominations for the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards, airing Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. on NBC, were announced last month. Hosts and nominators from the Hollywood Foreign Press went the extra mile this year —as did filmmakers and television producers—with quite an LGBT-inclusive batch of nominations.

imageWith four nominations, the lesbian parent movie “The Kids Are All Right” is generating extra buzz because the nods aren’t just in any old categories: Best Motion Picture: Comedy or Musical, lesbian creator Lisa Cholodenko (top photo) for Best Screenplay, and Best Performance by an Actress for both stars Annette Bening and Julianne Moore (second photo).

Project Q Atlanta interviewed Cholodenko and reviewed the film as it opened in Atlanta. Cholodenko was, sadly, passed over in the director category at the Globes.

Optional discussion during commercial breaks: Straight actors playing gay, gay characters going straight, and gay directors snubbed though they directed the actors’ performances.

imageUp against “Kids” for Best Motion Picture in its genre is “Burlesque,” the Cher and Christina Aguilera film (second photo) for which the gays went momentarily mad in November. We also previewed that film for you, let you walk down the red carpet at the premiere via live stream, and reviewed every move and statement made as Chaz Bono escorted mom that night.

“Burlesque” also racked up two nominations for Best Original Song. Cher and Christina battle it out for the win. Diva smackdown! They’re up against a song from “Country Strong” in the category, as well as a couple of others.

Optional conversation starters while presenters overestimate the value of their stint on camera: Which Cher Farewell Tour stop in Atlanta was the best? Did Stanley Tucci make a better gay sidekick here or in “The Devil Wears Prada”? Did he deserve a Supporting nod? And why no Globe consideration for gay director Steve Antin?

imageNot quite LGBT-themed, but “Black Swan” kept us talking until it finally released with the anticipated sexual dynamic between Natalie Portman (third photo) and Mila Kunis. Both actresses picked up nods for their performances. So did director Darren Aronofsky and the film itself in the Best Motion Picture: Drama slot.

Yes, we were there when the movie proved worthy of the attention, if not for the lesbian love.

Seriously: How much do you think that girl eats to stay that skinny? Pass the chips—and refill our wine glass.

imageIn the category we like to call Films No One Saw But We’re Aware Of Just In Case, Emma Stone is up for her role in “Easy A,” in which the teen scheme to help a bullied gay friend goes haywire. The Italian film “I Am Love” is in the Best Foreign Language Film category; it stars Tilda Swinton as mom to a lesbian who reexamines her own choices.

Drunk, bored and over-confidently babbling by now: Wax on about Swinton playing a man the first time you saw her, and how she could pull it off right now with just a few tweaks.

On the tube, you know “Glee” is in it to win it again. Five nominations this year include Best Comedy Series and acting kudos for scene-stealing lesbian Jane Lynch and best little half-crier ever, gay actor Chris Colfer (fourth photo).

image“Modern Family” is also back. It’s up for Best Comedy, too, and Eric Stonestreet (bottom photo, left) grabbed a nod for playing gay dad Cam.

Queer-stion: What, no love for actually gay in real life Jessie Ferguson (right), who plays Cam’s partner on the show? Oh well. Stonestreet is good. You especially love that episode when… damn, you are drunk.

On cable, the LGBT-inclusive “The Good Wife,” “Nurse Jackie,” “United States of Tara,” and “Boardwalk Empire” are up for Globes. None of them are for actors who play LGBT characters. Gay actor Jim Parson has some stiff competition in Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical category for his role as an asexual (non-sexual?) nerd in “Big Bang Theory.”

Final option: Text catty recaps to absent friends, and finish off the last of that wine. King Day is way better than those progressively awful Snow Days for sleeping in.


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