Jane Lynch honored at opening night of Outfest
By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Jane Lynch had quite an extraordinary day on Thursday.
She woke up to the news that she had received not one, but two Emmy nominations. One was for her role as Sue Sylvester on Glee and the other for a guest spot on Two and a Half Men.
Not sure what Jane did to celebrate but I do know that she did some interviews then made her way to Burbank in the afternoon for an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. From there, it was a trip to downtown Los Angeles and the Orpheum Theater where she was presented with a life achievement award.
I was in the second row of the theater last night and snapped some photos (the theater was dark and so are the pics!) and I have to tell you, I don’t remember a life achievement winner ever getting such an ovation and I’ve been attending these things for about a decade.
Adding to the fun of the event was that Jane’s award was presented buy director Paris Barclay and Glee star Chris Colfer, both close friends of the honoree, both openly gay, and both nominated for Emmys Thursday.
Said Chris: “Tonight is all about Jane ….I must admit, she’s a breath of fresh air in a very, very polluted city. In just one year, Jane has made television history by turning the role of Sue Sylvester into an icon and was nominated for an Emmy for it just this morning. If you ask her about all of her accomplishments and achievements, she will tell you about meeting her wife or, humbly, give the credit for her success to somebody else.”
He added: “I remember the first I met Jane, it was when we were doing the pilot for Glee and I introduced myself and then I awkwardly sat next to her for four-and-a-half hours and stared at her. And rather than shooing me off, she friended me. Everything she does is absolutely genius and we love her even more her honesty. She’s been a tough and tireless advocate for equal rights for LGBT folk. Jane embodies the positivity that only can come from being yourself. I’m so proud call her a role model, a mentor, the cool aunt of our Glee family, a spiritual leader and a friend.”
Paris Barclay summed it up nicely when he said: “Let’s face it, the bitch is talented.”
He added: “She’s brilliant. She is actually a phenomenon. And I don’t know if you know this but she’s widely rumored to be a lesbian. Over her over two decades of work, Jane has built one of the best resumes and reputations in Hollywood. She’s one of the hardest working actors in our business and one of the easiest to work with. It’s a widely known fact that if you’ve ever worked with Jane, you end up coming off better. That includes the directors and all the fellow actors she works with. It’s Steve Carell, it’s Charlie Sheen, even Meryl Streep. They end up looking better for being in a scene with Jane. … She can be so funny, so snarky and in the end so moving.”
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