The Mauritanian star has come a long way in being comfortable as an out public figure, which is a reflection of changes in the entertainment industry.
The only actor nominated from The Prom was a head-scratcher. But there was much more representation to celebrate.
Golden Globes host Gervais recently stirred anti-trans sentiment on social media in a series of tweets he said were "jokes."
The awards ceremony gave top honors for the Elton John and Judy Garland biopics.
The Saturday Night Live star introduced Ellen DeGeneres, who received the honorary Carol Burnett Award.
The L Word premiered 15 years ago this month in all of its addictive, messy lesbian glory.
Many on social media criticized the Golden Globes Best Picture winners — both about queer musicians — as problematic.