Renowned writer, director and producer Ryan Murphy accepts the Carol Burnett Award at the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 10th.
Created and first presented at the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards, the award was created to “celebrate television excellence” both on-screen and off-screen. Murphy’s acceptance speech touched the lives of many and his work continues to inspire, so the legacy of his career is important to ponder.
Best known for producing such anthologies as “Glee,” “American Horror Story,” and “American Crime Story,” Murphy began his career in journalism. His foray into film began in the late 1990s when he wrote the screenplay for “Why Can’t I Be Audrey Hepburn?” He was bought by legendary director and producer Steven Spielberg.
He started his career by writing and directing ‘Nip/Tuck’. For this work, he received his first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series.
Murphy is best known for the hit comedy/musical series Glee, for which he became the first director to win an Emmy Award. Following the success of “Glee,” Murphy directed the “American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story” anthologies, gaining a cult following and propelling his career to new heights.
These are all great achievements, but Murphy’s acceptance speech at the Globes highlighted the underlying problems he faced and overcame over the course of his career.
Murphy began his speech by providing the backstories of several LGBTQ figures he has worked with and become close with while in the industry.
In his speech, the director addressed names like Billy Porter and Niecy Nash, as well as lesser-known names like MJ Rodriguez, the first transgender woman to win a Golden Globe for her role in Murphy’s series Pose in 2022. All of these individuals have overcome significant struggles regarding careers, families, backgrounds, and self-awareness because of their gender identity or sexuality.
My mission was to take the unseen, the unloved, and make them the heroes I aspired to be, but pop culture just couldn’t. “
— Ryan Murphy
Murphy can empathize. Born in Indiana in 1965 into a Catholic family, he struggled with his own sexuality. He found his LGBTQ representation in films and media sparse, which led to struggles throughout his childhood and career.
“When I was a kid in the ’70s at home watching The Carol Burnett Show, I saw people like me win awards and become TV characters. I didn’t,” Murphy said in his acceptance speech.
Since then, LGBTQ representation has become somewhat standard in many media productions. Members of this community will be able to express themselves through their characters in shows and movies, creating better examples of what true expression in art looks like.
A lot has changed since Murphy’s childhood in the 1970s, but there’s still a lot to do. But he’s seen the bright side and worked hard to make sure today’s LGBTQ kids feel loved and represented in their favorite TV series and movies.
“My mission was to take the unseen, unloved people and make them the heroes I wanted to see, but never saw in pop culture,” Murphy said. Talked about his comprehensive content.
Throughout his career, Murphy has made this possible. He offers stories of himself and those of his friends and colleagues as a kind of “North Star” to all the children who struggle with their own identities and situations.
Because of this, Murphy is an inspiration to so many and is able to continue doing some of the most important work in the entertainment industry. It’s about telling an important story.