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Golden Globes: 'Glee' is TV's big, emotional winner

January 16, 2011 |  8:19 pm

Colfer2 Ricky Gervais was brutal to many of the Golden Globes presenters, but he mostly left the "Glee" stars alone, because who doesn't love a good musical? The Globes certainly do – which explains why "Glee" was the night’s big winner for the television categories, with awards for supporting actor Chris Colfer, supporting actress Jane Lynch and the show, in the comedy or musical television series category.

But you know what the Globes love even more than musicals? Big, sloppy man tears. And it nearly got them when Colfer, who won for his role as the gay teenager Kurt, got misty-eyed, thanking “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy for being his “fairy godfather,” and delivering a message for anyone who’d ever been bullied and told they couldn’t be who they are: “Screw that, kids!”

Later, backstage, when asked what his win would mean for gay rights, he said, "Now, I’m really going to cry.”

Offstage, Colfer’s costar Matthew Morrison gushed to us about the young actor’s win: "I was crying. Really,” he said. “He's just such a brilliant young man who's accomplished so much. His growth on the show just continues to be phenomenal."

Great moments in nearly sobbing also came from “Temple Grandin” star Claire Danes, who won for actress in a miniseries or motion picture made for television, and from Grandin herself, who was watching proudly from the crowd when Danes said that “millions of lives have been diginified and improved by your genius.”

Laura Linney’s award for actress in a comedy or musical television series was emotional in itself: Though she beat Tina Fey and Edie Falco to win for “The Big C,” she wasn’t there to accept the award. Her father, the playwright Romulus Linney, recently died.

As for Jane Lynch, well, she got about as emotional as Sue Sylvester gets. “I am nothing if not falsely humble,” she confessed. But she added that “the great thing about ‘Glee’ is that I get these 14-year-old kids coming up to me, vibrating out of their bodies, saying how happy ‘Glee’ makes them” – and occasionally, she said, she even has time to listen to what they're saying.

Lynch thanked her wife, Laura, and their two kids, but the night’s big award for Most Appreciated Family Member went to the nephews. Jim Parsons thanked his (along with the show’s writers) when he won for actor in a television series, comedy or musical, for “The Big Bang Theory.” “To my nephew Michael,” he said. “Happy birthday, I’m sorry I couldn’t be at your party.”

And when Steve Buscemi won for dramatic actor in his “Boardwalk Empire” role, he joked, “My 4-year old nephew called and left a message: ‘Uncle Stephen, wish me luck.’” (Immediately afterward, when “Boardwalk Empire” won for drama, creator Terence Winter put his reaction a little more succinctly: "Holy effing crap.")

“Sons of Anarchy” star Katey Sagal, a surprise dramatic TV actress winner, preferred to just thank the show’s creator, Kurt Sutter. Of course, he also happens to be her husband.  “Sweetheart, I love you,” she said. “I’m so glad you’re the boss of me.”

Excuse us, we’re getting a little choked up.


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-- Melissa Maerz with Yvonne Villarreal and Jessica Gelt

Photo: Chris Colfer. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times.