The Golden Globe nominations and Sunday’s show pluck the strings of our truest gay hearts, and if it’s wrong to be beside ourselves about Awards Season—not to mention the praise for “Glee”–we don’t want to be right.
And keep in mind: By no means is this about who’s the best or who’ll win. No, for our purposes, we’re unraveling the Globes with an eye towards the nominees giving gay fans an extra tingle. Hey, it’s who we are, and we don’t apologize for it.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association event is always a good barometer for what’s to come at the Oscars, and though the Globes honor television as well, let’s start with the movies –and with the most glaring omission: Lee Daniels (top photo), the gay director of “Precious.”
Daniels didn’t make the list for Best Director of a Motion Picture-Drama, but he must have been doing something right. “Precious” walks into the party with a nod for Best Motion Picture-Drama, Best Actress (Gabourey Sidibe) in a Motion Picture-Drama, and Best Supporting Actress (Mo’nique, who won the Critics Choice Award Friday in the same category) in a Motion Picture-Drama. Lee can hold his head high as the man who led those actresses to outstanding performances.
Five for “Nine.” What a way to make a living. The most Golden Globe nominations for any movie—five—went to “Nine,” the cinematic take on the smash Broadway musical. “Nine” boasts noms in the Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy categories for Best Picture (the gay-run Weinstein Company), Best Actor (Daniel Day Lewis), Best Actress (Marion Cotillard), Best Supporting Actress (a sizzling hot Penelope Cruz-second photo), and Best Song (“Cinema Italiano”). Like Lee Daniels and “Precious,” gay director Rob Marshall is not up for Best Director.
Contrary to early predictions, “Nine” didn’t become this year’s “Chicago.” With a cast of top box-office stars, an amazing score, over-the-top production numbers and that same Marshall magic that made “Chicago” zing, “Nine” did manage to hit some of the right gay spots. Read our take on the movie.
The Tom Ford movie about a gay man suffering over a lost love, “A Single Man,” has nominations for Colin Firth (third photo, left) in the lead, for Julianne Moore (right) as his best gal-pal, and for its score. At the awards show on Sunday, Ford–the gay fashion industry icon-cum-filmmaker–can just sit there and look hot, because he and the overall film were overlooked come nomination time.
Meanwhile, over on the television side of the Globes, the only two actually gay nominees are Neil Patrick Harris (fourth photo), for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series (“How I Met Your Mother”), and Jane Lynch (fifth photo) for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series (“Glee”).
Whew! All those words, and we finally get to talk about “Glee.” The gayest guilty pleasure to hit television in recent memory is strutting its stuff with the most television nominations at the Globes and a special name for its followers: Gleeks. We admit that we’re among them. Lynch’s evil Sue Sylvester stands proudly alongside “Glee” nods in the Musical or Comedy genre for Best Series, Best Actress (Lea Michele) and Best Actor (the super-hot Matthew Morrison, whose abs we recently objectified in photos).
And speaking of Morrison, the Globes nominations are chock full of hot men. Why not mention hotties who’ll grace the Globes in tuxes? Forget the categories and the vehicles for a moment: look for penguin suits on Tobey Maguire, Matt Damon, Matthew Fox, Collin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Jon Hamm and George Clooney, to name just a few nominees and presenters.
Back to the awards. Hamm’s “Madmen” is AMC’s gay fave due to its stylized ‘60s production values and an era-accurate portrayal of a closeted gay man. Hamm is up for Best Actor, and the show is up for Best Drama Series.
Also in the Best Drama category are two more gay-popular and gay-inclusive shows. Up for the same trophy are the vampirific “True Blood” and “Big Love,” which is all about loving outside the box and will give a boyfriend to its gay character this season. Both those shows also have nominations for actors in leading roles–lesbian favorite Anna Paquin (sixth photo) for “True Blood,” plus Bill Paxton and the keymaster of many a lesbian heart, Chloe Sevigny for “Big Love.”
Finally, we may see a repeat of our Emmys disappointment due to two amazing performances in HBO’s “Grey Gardens.” It did win Best Made-For-TV Movie at Friday’s Critic’s Choice Awards, which is some solace. In addition to its nomination for Best Miniseries at the Globes, the gay favorite true story-turned-documentary-turned-musical-turned-movie pits Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore against each other again for Best Actress in that genre. Either they’ll cancel each other out, or Lange’s bigger-than-life reputation will trump Barrymore’s transcendent performance like it did at the Emmys. Either way, we’re tickled to be reminded of our favorite television event of 2009.
But again, who cares who wins and who the competition is? In the gay universe, everybody wins because the Golden Globes means one thing: It’s time again for the glam, gorgeous—and this year, Gleeky–awards season.
The 67th Golden Globes awards ceremony airs Sunday at 8 p.m. EST on NBC