Awards shows are not known for their subtlety, but the brief tribute to Cory Monteith at the 2013 Emmy Awards was touchingly understated. The late actor’s “Glee” costar, Jane Lynch, said only a few words. When those words say a lot, not many are needed.
It almost seemed like Lynch’s stoicism was even more moving than any big demonstration. The words never strayed into anything overblown. Lynch never claimed that Monteith was the most important young actor of our age. Instead, the actor was never more than what he was: A young man tragically struck down by addiction.
Possibly the sweetest moment of all was when Lynch told the “generation that loved Cory so” that “this gifted, young man was worthy of your love.”
Is there any tribute better than that?