Ryan Murphy, who has created hit shows for years as a writer, director and producer, was honored by the Golden Globes this year with the Carol Burnett Award for lifetime achievement in television.
Murphy, whose shows include “Glee,” “American Horror Story,” and “Nip/Tuck,” and limited series such as “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” which was nominated for several Golden Globes this year, used most of his acceptance speech to talk about the successes of LGBTQ+ performers with whom he has worked and by whom he has been inspired.
They included Billy Porter, who starred in Murphy’s “Pose,” and who introduced him on Tuesday, as well as MJ Rodriguez, who a year ago became the first trans actress to win a Golden Globe, also for “Pose.”
“I’ve dedicated most of my lifetime achievement speech tonight to these wonderful actors to make a point about hope and progress,” Murphy said, noting that when he was a boy he never saw a gay man like himself as a character or actor on TV.
Murphy also singled out Niecy Nash, a Golden Globe nominee this year for “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” Matt Bomer, who appeared in Murphy’s sitcom “The New Normal,” and Jeremy Pope, a Golden Globe nominee for “The Inspection,” who also worked with Murphy on “Hollywood.”
Porter, in particular, seemed touched by Murphy’s tribute, tearing up as he watched from the side of the stage. He laughed, though, when Murphy noted Porter’s role as a fashion icon, in particular for the black velvet tuxedo gown he’d worn to the Oscars a few years ago.
“I asked him to wear that outfit tonight and he said, ‘Bitch, it’s in a museum,’” Murphy said to laughter and applause. “He whipped up this fuchsia one instead.”