Coming up right after the holiday season is what those in ‘the biz’ like to call ‘Awards Season.’ Practically the minute the New Years ball drops, we launch in the People’s Choice Awards (January 7th, CBS) and the Writers Guild Awards (February 14th) are notable award shows but two of the biggest are the Golden Globes (January 11, NBC) and the Screen Actors Guild Awards (January 25th, TNT).
This past week we found out the nominations for both Golden Globes and SAG Awards and they're thankfully chock full of LGBT-ness! And since both awards look at both TV and film, I'll break them down the same way here and highlight the nominations to be most excited about.
In the Best Actress (Comedy Or Musical) category, Taylor Schilling of ‘Orange Is The New Black‘ grabbed a nomination for her role of Piper, the bisexual inmate still dealing with her ex-lover Alex (Laura Prepon) in prison. Others in the category include Lena Dunham (“Girls“), Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie“), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep“) and newcomer Gina Rodriguez (“Jane The Virgin“).
All but one of the Best Television Series (Comedy or Musical) feature LGBT characters so it’s terrific that the nominees this year are “Girls,” “Transparent,” “OITNB” and “Jane The Virgin.” And while “Silicon Valley” doesn’t feature any LGBT characters or stories yet, give it time!
I’m predicting that Jeffrey Tambor is going to sweep every award he can possibly be put up for while “Transparent” is on the air and it’s no surprise that he’s up for Best Actor In A Series (Comedy or Musical) against heavyweights Louis C.K. (“Louie“), Don Cheadle (“House Of Lies“), Ricky Gervais (“Derek”) and William H. Macy (“Shameless“). I think the veterans should be worried!
“The Normal Heart” continues to be very present with the award nominations and it garnered three nominations with the Golden Globes. The film itself is up for “Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made For Television” category while Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer both landed nods for Best Actor and Supporting Actor, respectively. It should be noted that Ruffalo also earned a nod in the film category for his role in “Foxcatcher” while Bomer’s competition in his category includes out actor Alan Cumming for his portrayal of Eli Gold on “The Good Wife.”
For a complete list of nominees, visit the Golden Globes website.
For the SAG nominations, which were announced earlier this week, I’ll be focusing mostly on the television side of things but I’d be remiss in not mentioning Benedict Cumberbatch for his role as gay WWII hero Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game” as well as his TV role in “Sherlock: His Last Vow.” Cumberbatch is a revelation in both roles and is proving over and over again how he’s one of the strongest actors of our generation.
Like the Golden Globes, SAG nominations came to “The Normal Heart” with a Best Actor nomination Mark Ruffalo and Best Actress nod for Julia Roberts.
Also, out actor Jim Parsons received a Outstanding Performance By An Actor In A Comedy nomination for his work on “The Big Bang Theory.” The CBS sitcom also received a Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy nomination.
While the Golden Globes failed to nominate her this year, Tatiana Maslany was recognized for her amazing work playing multiple characters on BBC America’s “Orphan Black.” While I’m not the only one who thinks she should be up for every major award out there, at least she’s recognized by her peers with a SAG nomination.
With LGBT characters aplenty in Netflix’s “Orange Is The New Black” I miss seeing Laverne Cox’s name in the nominees but very happy that Uzo Aduba earned a nod for Outstanding Performance By An Actress In A Comedy as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren. One of the best moments in the series came from the first season is still burned in my memory when Crazy Eyes marks her territory for Taylor Schilling’s Piper by urinating on the floor. Aduba had a great season in year two, too, and her nomination is well deserved.
With the Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Series (Comedy and Drama categories) there were plenty of LGBT characters seen amongst the nominees. “Game Of Thrones” had Pedro Pascal as Oberyn Martell, “Downton Abbey” featured Robert James-Collier as closeted Thomas and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” has Andre Braugher as Captain Ray Holt.
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