There’s no denying this has been a banner year for representation in entertainment.
Tyler Hammel | January 12, 2015
Award shows are traditionally a gay affair, all the glamour and pomp proving too much to ignore for the notably trendy minority.
The second biggest awards show of the season, The Golden Globes, aired last night and proved to be especially gay this year.
Not only was this a marker year in terms of LGBT representation in the media but also in terms of nominations. LGBT friendly media dominated all categories, and surprised us with a sizable number of wins as well.
All kinds of genres seem to have dipped their foot in the queer goldmine this season, with everything from prestige dramas, like The Imitation Game and Foxcatcher, to cult favorite tv series Orange is the New Black and Transparent, featuring queer characters and themes.
The HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart, about the the onset of the AIDs epidemic and the subsequent struggle to have it acknowledged as such, was nominated for three awards: Best Mini-Series or Made for TV Movie, Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Made for TV Movie (Mark Ruffalo), and Best Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series or Made for TV Movie (Matt Bomer).
Of the three nominations The Normal Heart only ended up receiving one win, which deservedly went to Bomer. It’s not too surprising that the Globe for Best Mini-Series or Made for TV Movie went to FX’s Fargo, as typically mini-series do better in this category, but it does feel like a bit of a snub nonetheless.
However, the most notably snubbed nominee of the evening was The Imitation Game, which focuses on the real life story of Alan Turing, the man who cracked the Nazi’s code and was in turn persecuted for his homosexuality. Nominated for five Golden Globes–including best drama and best actor in a leading role–The Imitation Game still managed to leave empty-handed.
As disappointing as the response to The Imitation Game was, the success of Amazon Prime’s Transparent just about makes up for it. Winning awards for both best television series, and best performance by an actor in a television series, Transparent not only showed that there is artistic support for online entertainment, but for works involving trans characters as well.
Upon receiving the Golden Globe for Best Television Series, the show’s creator Jill Holloway gave a heartfelt speech thanking her own “Moppa”, whom the show is inspired by. Holloway went on to dedicate her award saying “This award is dedicated to Leelah Alcorn and transgender people who died too young … Maybe we’re going to be able to teach the world something about authenticity and love.”
Jeffrey Tambor, who won for Best Actor in a Television Series thanks to his turn in Transparent, made a similar statement about his award, saying “Bottom line, not to be glib and not to be slogan-y, but this is about changing people’s lives and I’m honored to be a small part of that.”
One could even argue that animation has LGBT representation this time around, as the winner for Best Animated Feature, How to Train Your Dragon 2, reportedly features a gay character. However minor this character and his “coming out” may be, it’s still a step in the right direction.
With the Golden Globes now over it’s time to start looking ahead to the 87th Academy Awards, or as it’s affectionately become known as, the Gay Superbowl. With nominations set to air on Thursday, January 15th, we’ll see if any of our LGBT favorites receive any love.
Whether they do or not, there’s no denying this has been a banner year for representation in entertainment.