Emmys: Out stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Fergeson and Chris Colfer get nods! [Updated]
Neil Patrick Harris earned his fourth Emmy nomination for his performance as Barney Stinson on CBS’s How I Met Your Mother. He has also been nominated for his guest performance on Glee!
If the out actor wins for the first time, he will have bested a field that included two other openly gay actors: Chris Colfer of Glee and Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family. Also in the supporting actor category are Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet of Modern Family and last year’s winner Jon Cryer of Two and a Half Men.
Ferguson (pictured with co-star and fellow nominee Stonestreet) got the news in New York City where he is appearing in a play and told USA Today: “I’m shocked in the best way possible. I’ve been shocked in horrible ways. This is not one of them. … I was in my pajamas on the streets of New York looking like a crazy person, trying to get cell service.”
Colfer (pictured below) reacted to the nod via Twitter: “What an amazing year it’s been! I never could have wished for more! Thank you all so much! ”
Then he told USA Today: “My whole involvement with Glee has been one huge Cinderella story. First, I get a character written for me and now I’m an Emmy nominee. “I know how important the character is to so many people, especially kids who have been told it’s not OK to be who they are. The thing I’m most excited about is those kids get to see Kurt get nominated.”
Neil is so overdue in this category and his performance in the show is as sharp and funny as ever. But if Colfer or Ferguson were to win on Emmy night, I would cheer loudly.
As far as the guest actor category, Neil would be a very worthy winner for his memorable guest stint on Glee!
“They announce the nominations so early in the morning, that this year I just stayed up all night and had an Emmy rave,” Neil told the Assocxiated Press. “So I must say, I’m deeply honored to be nominated, and also, my hair feels just amazing..!”
Jane Lynch, who will be honored on opening night of the Outfest Film Festival in Los Angeles tonight, was nominated as outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series and competes against Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara of Modern Family, Kristin Wiig of Saturday Night Live, Jane Krakowski of 30 Rock and Holland Taylor of Two And A Half Men.
Jane, like Neil, is a double nominee. She’s up for guest actress in a comedy series for an appearance on Two And A Half Men.
“Two nominations. I did not anticipate two,” Jane tells Entertainment Tonight. “It was a huge surprise for ‘Two and a Half Men’ that I got a nom for doing the psychiatrist. That was icing on an already beautiful day.”
Also: In the outstanding lead actor in a miniseries category, Ian McKellen has been nominated for The Prisoner while Wanda Sykes’s HBO special Wanda Sykes: I’ma Be Me got a nod.