August 30, 2010

Four Cornell Alumni Take Home the Gold at the Emmy Awards

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Four Cornell alumni walked down the “Big Red” carpet to victory Sunday night at the 2010 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

Perhaps the best-known alumna to win, Jane Lynch M.F.A. ’84, who studied theater at Cornell, accepted the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as the outlandishly outspoken cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on the Fox television series “Glee.”

In a breathless acceptance speech, Lynch said of her fellow cast members: “You’re young and you’re wonderful, you’re fresh-faced, and when I’m not seething with jealousy, I’m so proud of you.”

“Economists credit Jane Lynch on Glee with creating over 60,000 jobs in the polyester track suit industry,” the emcee said as Lynch took the stage. Glee won two Emmys and was nominated for 19.

Bucky Gunts ’72 won the Emmy for Outsanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special for his role as director of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony for NBC.

Scott Ferguson ’82 took home Emmys for two of his HBO films: “Temple Grandin,” a film based on the true story of Grandin, a Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of ’56 Professor until last February, who fought against the challenges of autism to raise awareness for humane treatment of animals; and “You Don’t Know Jack,” the story of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

At the Creative Arts Emmy Awards Ceremony Aug. 21, Marco Recuay ’03 won the Award for Visual Effects in a Miniseries or Movie for “The Pacific” on HBO, a ten-part series about World War II. The series also won Outstanding Miniseries at the Primetime Emmys on Sunday.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the first name of Bucky Gunts ’72.

Original Author: Dani Neuharth-Keusch