The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, aired last night and several LGBT-inclusive series, TV movies and out actors picked up awards, with the HBO Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra picking up three statues to add to the eight it picked up at the Creative Arts Emmys earlier this week. This puts Behind the Candelabra at 11 Emmys, making it the most awarded program.
Behind the Candelabra was named Outstanding Miniseries or Movie and star Michael Douglas won in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie category for his portrayal of the late icon Liberace. He thanked co-star Matt Damon ( who portrayed Liberace's lover Scott Thorson in the film) during his acceptance. Behind the Candelabra director Steven Soderbergh picked up the trophy in Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special.
Elton John performed a tribute in Liberace's honor, singing "Home Again" from his upcoming album and saying the tune reminded him of Liberace. Check out the performance below.
Out actor Jim Parsons accepted the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on CBS' comedy The Big Bang Theory. Out actor Dan Bucatinsky picked up the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Emmy for his portrayal of James Novak, a reporter married to White House Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene, on ABC's hit drama Scandal. Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum together won Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for the long-running fashion contest series Project Runway.
ABC's Modern Family won the Emmy in the Outstanding Comedy Series category for the fourth consecutive year. The show also picked up the award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. NBC's singing competition series The Voice, which has featured several out LGBT contestants through its run, took home the Emmy for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.
Jane Lynch gave a moving tribute to her late Glee co-star Cory Monteith who played Finn Hudson on the groundbreaking musical comedy. "Tonight we remember Cory for all he was and mourn the loss of all he could have been," Lynch said. "To a generation that loved Cory so, please know: this gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love. And if you were lucky enough to know Cory as we did and witness firsthand Cory's goofy, breezy sense of humor, his natural instinct for inclusiveness, and his unbridled sense of generosity day in and day out, I promise, you'd have loved him even more." Watch video of her remarks below.