Kristin Chenoweth, 'Modern Family, 'Glee,' and Others Praised at GLAAD Media Awards Last Night
The celebs were out in full force last night for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards, which honored a handful of their 2011 winners in the second of a three-part, three city series.
Among the famous folk on hand at the Westin Bonaventure in Downtown were Dolly Parton, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell, Sean Hayes, Allison Janney, Melissa Etheridge, and Joel McHale, along with an at-capacity crowd. The event was hosted by NBC television stars Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones, who presided over and evening paying tribute to film and television shows, performers, producers, and personalities.
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD's work to amplify stories of LGBT people and issues that build support for equality.
In addition to specific film and TV shows spotlighted by GLAAD this year, Kristin Chenoweth was honored with the Vanguard Award, and NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt was named the recipient of the Stephen F. Kolzak Award.
Sean Hayes presented Chenoweth with her award. "I want to encourage many people of all faiths to come forward and stand with me," Chenoweth said in her remarks. "Even if you don't believe in Jesus the way I do, he did teach love -- not just tolerance, but acceptance. I'm lucky I had parents who adopted me at birth, conservative Southern Baptists who said, 'You will love everyone the same'…Mostly I would like to thank GLAAD for this amazing, amazing honor. This is the biggest honor I have ever received."
Here are the other winners named last night:
Outstanding Film - Limited Release
I Love You Phillip Morris
Outstanding Comedy Series
TIE: Glee (Fox) & Modern Family (ABC)
Outstanding Reality Program
Project Runway (Lifetime)
Outstanding TV Journalism Segment
"Fort Worth Speech" The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell (MSNBC)