Meet the Two LGBT Winners at the 2018 Golden Globes

Two LGBT Winners at the 2018 Golden Globes

Even though LGBT films like Call Me By Your Name and A Fantastic Woman were up for awards at Sunday night's Golden Globes, the only queer visibility of the night came in the form of composer/songwriter Benj Pasek and Coco co-director Adrian Molina.

Pasek, along with professional partner Justin Paul, won Best Original Song for "This Is Me" from The Greatest Showman, beating out tunes from Ferdinand, Mudbound, Coco, and The Star. "This Is Me," about self-acceptance, is sung by actress Keala Settle, who plays The Greatest Showman's Bearded Lady.

This is the second year in a row Pasek and Paul — as the duo are commonly known — won for Best Original Song; they won last year for "City of Stars" from La La Land, which went on to win the Oscar. The pair also wrote the music for the Tony-winning Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen (the show is loosely-based on a school-age experience of Pasek's). Pasek and Paul are also nominated for two awards at this month's Grammy Awards, for their work on Dear Evan Hansen and La La Land.

In his Globes speech, Pasek thanked "audiences for seeing musicals on the screen," as well as Showman star Hugh Jackman, who he called "annoyingly handsome and charming."

Born in Philadelphia, Pasek, 32, met Paul while they were attending the University of Michigan.

Meanwhile, Molina — a longtime animator for Pixar — was awarded for his animated film, Coco. The film centered on a Mexican family, specifically a boy named Miguel who connects to his deceased relatives through the Day of the Dead festival.

Molina has long been out, speaking to The New York Times in 2010 about his relationship and the fight for marriage equality. 

At the Golden Globes, Molina, Coco's co-director/writer Lee Unkrich, and the film's producer, Darla K. Anderson, accepted the trophy. Watch both acceptance speeches below:

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