Emmy nods very LGBT-inclusive this year from Laverne Cox to Matt Bomer to SNL’s Kate McKinnon & more
For those of us who follow LGBT news and pop culture closely, this morning’s Emmy nominations were a real cause for celebration.
Usually there are maybe a handful of LGBT mentions – either out performers or nominations for LGBT roles.
Today, there were more than I can ever recall.
Let’s start with Laverne Cox.
She made history by becoming the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy in an acting category. Cox received a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Sophia Burset in Orange is the New Black.
Her competition will include two OITNB co-stars (Natasha Lyonne and Uzo Aduba).
Cox took to Twitter to congratulate her show for its 12 nominations overall including best comedy and wrote: ‘So proud to be working with all of you on such a groundbreaking show.’
GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis issued a statement pointing out the significance of Cox’s nomination: ‘Laverne Cox continues to break barriers. Today, countless transgender youth will hear the message that they can be who they are and still achieve their dreams – nothing is out of reach. Laverne’s success on a hit series is a clear indication that audiences are ready for more trans characters on television.’
HBO’s The Normal Heart got many nominations including a first-ever for Matt Bomer in the supporting actor category. He competes with two of his co-stars who are also openly gay: Jim Parsons and Joe Mantello.
Parsons, already a three-time winner for The Big Bang Theory, is a double nominee this year as he was also nominated again for the CBS sitcom.
The Normal Heart, the long-awaited film version of Larry Kramer’s landmark play about the early days of the AIDS crisis, was also nominated for Outstanding TV Movie and earned a best actor nod for Mark Ruffalo and a supporting actress nomination for Julia Roberts.
American Horror Story: Coven also received multiple nominations and among them are out actress Sarah Paulson who received a nod for Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie or Mini-Series.
Paulson’s competition includes her co-star Jessica Lange who is a previous winner in the category.
Saturday Night Live standout Kate McKinnon, the only out member of the cast, received her first nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work during her first full season on the show.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson will once again compete for supporting actor in a comedy series. It’s his fifth nod but he has yet to win. One person he will not have to compete against this time is co-star Eric Stonestreet, a two-time winner who was not nominated this year.
Out actor Nathan Lane, a two-time Tony winner, is nominated in the guest actor category for his performance as the wedding planner for Mitch and Cam’s wedding on Modern Family.
Two openly gay personalities will compete in the reality show host category.
Jane Lynch, a former Emmy winner in the supporting actress in a comedy category for Glee, is competing against Tim Gunn who was nominated once again along with Project Runway co-host Heidi Klum.
Among the LGBT characters to get nods were Andre Braugher for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy for playing an out cop on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series while both Uzo Aduba and Natasha Lyonne were nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
Behind the camera, out directors Paris Barclay and Jodie Foster were nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for episodes of Glee and Orange is the New Black, respectively. Ryan Murphy was nominated for Outstanding Directing for a TV-Movie or Mini-Series for The Normal Heart.
See full list of Emmy nominees.