Jessica Lange won the award for American Horror, a show too creepy for me to watch, created by one of my current least-favorite gays, Ryan Murphy. To my incredible surprise, Lange has never played a lesbian. What’s up with that? She did, however, star in Normal, in which she played the wife of a transgender MTF.
Around this point in the ceremony, my TV screen flashed so brightly that I thought the Westboro Baptist Church picketers had successfully called lightning down upon the sinners. To my relief, it was simply the near unbearable lightness of Tina Fey and Jane Lynch on stage together.
The wonder-women presented best actor in a TV comedy to Matt LeBlanc for the surprisingly good Episodes, which includes some smart LGBT humor. LeBlanc is best known for Friends, of course, which featured recurring lesbian characters and one of the first lesbian weddings on TV.
Octavia Spencer received best supporting actress in a film drama for The Help, in one of the most cheered awards of the night. Melissa McCarthy wept as Spencer quoted Martin Luther King: “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance.”
Spencer played Minny Jackson, who is one of the maids interviewed by Emma Stone‘s character Skeeter, whose mom thinks she’s a lesbian.
Martin Scorcese, who once dated Liza Minnelli, won best motion picture director for the delightful Hugo.