It's fascinating how Hollywood lore informs Hollywood lives.
She thanked "the greatest fans in the world" for their love and support in the weeks since Monteith died.
"I wanted to dedicate this award to Cory," she said in accepting the prize. "For all of you out there who loved and admired Cory as much as I did, I promise that with your love, we're going to get through this together. He was very special to me and also to the world. We were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile and his beautiful, beautiful heart."
Movie fans will appreciate that Michele's moment echoes "A Star Is Born," a classic Hollywood drama.
That behind-the-scenes story was told in 1937 with Janet Gaynor, in 1954 with Judy Garland and in 1976 with Barbra Streisand. The movie concludes with the female star saluting her late husband, a troubled star who has succumbed to addiction. The Garland version, directed by George Cukor, remains the very best for the music and James Mason's tragic performance as the husband.
The story has made a deep impression on different generations of movie fans, and it continues to do so. "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy certainly knows Hollywood lore as well as anyone in the business, as he keeps proving week after week on his show. He has paid tribute to Michele for wanting to keep "Glee" going after Monteith's death.
Michele's words on Sunday were heartfelt and original. But her moment couldn't help but evoke "A Star Is Born" -- another sign of the power of the movies. Sadly, most of today's movies are fixated on the bottom line, not inspiring moviegoers or telling memorable stories.