So close that the American Horror Story creator revealed at Variety's Power of Women luncheon today that Paltrow is his son Ford's godmother.
While presenting Paltrow with a Lifetime Impact Award for her work with L.A. Kitchen, Murphy said that when Ford was born he sat down and made a list of qualities he'd like his godmother to have.
"I wanted her to be kind and compassionate, spiritual, funny, basically a balm to sooth in this dark and cynical world," he said before cracking, "It was also important to me that my child's godmother have a best actress Oscar."
Murphy continued, "So I called my good friend Gwyneth Paltrow and I asked her if she would have us and she said yes and I consider my family to be blessed as a result."