Kicking off this year’s awards season on Sunday night was the 68th annual Golden Globes, hosted once again by the blunt and quick-witted British comedian Ricky Gervais. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association bestowed numerous accolades to The Social Network, which received the evening’s highest tally of “likes” in the profilic statuses of Best Original Score, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Motion Picture – Drama. Other highlights of the night included Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Natalie Portman (Black Swan) cementing their reputations as the reigning King and Queen of the dramatic acting category, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo gaining points for their knockout supporting performances in The Fighter, Kaley Cucuo joyfully presenting the honour of “Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy” to her co-star Jim Parsons, summer blockbuster Toy Story 3 winning the title of “Best Animated Feature Film” and the tribute to the extensive career of this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient, Robert De Niro.
These ceremonies are designed to celebrate the remarkable achievements of those gifted talents involved in creating works which have successfully impacted entertainment audiences worldwide. That is why I believe that Chris Colfer’s triumphant win for “Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series” was the most significant moment of the 2011 Golden Globes.
Colfer has garnered much attention for his portrayal of the vocally-talented and openly-gay teenager Kurt Hummel on Glee (this year’s Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical), a character crafted for him by Glee producer Ryan Murphy with a broader perspective in mind – to serve as a positive role model for young people struggling to find respect in a society which hinders their need for individuality. The twenty-year old truly embodies his role down to the core, which is due to the bullying he endured in his own high school days. He has used his bad experiences as his inspiration for pushing towards a more open-minded and diversified future for our generation. Likenening himself to a Cinderfella of sorts, Colfer has risen from the torment of naysayers to become a critically-acclaimed actor in a topical, relatable television role, proving that with perseverance, you can overcome adversary and make your biggest dreams come true.
In his eloquent and compassionate acceptance speech, the ever so gracious and intelligent Colfer relays a powerful message to the show’s young viewers, to whom he dedicates his performance to: “Most importantly, to all the amazing kids who watch our show, and the kids that our show celebrates, who are constantly told no by the people in their environments, by bullies at school, that they can’t be who they are or they can’t have what they want because of what they are. Well, screw that, kids!”
It has been a pleasure to watch Chris Colfer skyrocket his way to stardom over the past couple of years. Here’s a guy who went from reminiscing upon his memories of making practice acceptance speeches in his bathroom with a wolverine action figure to actually winning one of those coveted awards! Everything’s coming up Colfer, and I’m sure that this is just the start of a tremendously rewarding and impacting career for the young talent.