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Greg In Hollywood’s People of the Year: Dustin Lance Black, Jane Lynch and Neil Patrick Harris! was one thing for Dustin Lance Black to win the Academy Award for his original screenplay for Milk, a wonderful film about the life of slain civil rights leader Harvey Milk.
But the night he won and took the stage to accept his Oscar, Lance used the opportunity to reach out to gay kids watching at home:
“…If Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he’d want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches, by the government or by their families, that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value and that no matter what anyone tells you, God does love you and that very soon, I promise you, you will have equal rights federally, across this great nation of ours.”
Actress Jane Lynch arrives at the American Idol Top 12 Party held at AREA on March 5, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jane LynchJane Lynch has already been a bright and shining star for years in such films as 40 Year Old Virgin, For Your Consideration and Talladega Nights and television shows including The L Word, Boston Legal and Party Down.
But in 2009, Jane went from busy and respected actress to star thanks to what she calls “the role of a lifetime” as mean PE teacher and cheer coach Sue Sylvester on the Fox musical sensation Glee. The role is a delicious one and allows her to say such lines as ”I can’t stand the sight of kids getting emotional, unless it’s from physical exhaustion.”  Her performance earned Jane a Golden Globe Award nomination this month.
Jane was asked during the Television Critics Association Press Tour last summer why she thrives at playing such people as the mean boss or, as in Glee, the scheming faculty member: “I love that lack of shame. I find it fascinating that someone can walk through life that way thinking they’re really something. I guess I’m attracted to that at some level. I don’t think it’s first and foremost in my personality but it’s a lovely, delicious thing to call upon and I love doing it. I think it’s reached a pinnacle though with Sue Sylvester, she has to be the most scheming, unashamed, entitled person I’ve ever played and I absolutely just adore her.” Patrick Harris is rewriting the old rules when it comes to being an openly gay star.

He continues to shine in every episode of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother now in its fifth season. He’s up for a  Golden Globe Award for his performance as Barney Stinson and has earned three consecutive Emmy nominations for the role.
In addition, Neil has become the go-to guy for hosting high-profile showbiz events including this year’s Emmy and the 2009 Tony Awards. He’s also a quick-witted talk show guest and can sing and dance like the Broadway veteran that he is.
I chatted with Neil’s boss, How I Met Your Mother co-creator Carter Bays a few weeks ago about his becoming such a red-hot star: “He’s such a force of nature,” said Bays. “He’s a wind that we have affixed our sails to – along with the four other string winds of the other actors of this show. It’s really just been a matter of harnessing his energy and his talent. If it weren’t our show, it would have been some other show.”

True that!

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  1. i guess dustin must have been hitching his hopes on the president. sadly, with barack’s administration actively fighting AGAINST gay rights in the courts and the many losses suffered in elections and legislatures across the country, his promise of “very soon” has to be adjusted to “maybe someday in the distant future.”

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