The Emmy nominations came out last week and it was impossible to get very far in the list of nominees without finding representatives of the LGBT community both in fictional representation and the bona fide real thing.
Seeing LGBT performers and shows that you might call LGBT-centric is not a new thing since awareness and representation is growing with every TV season. But it's still worth noting the array of programs and performers that were honored last week with a nomination. The awards will be given out in Los Angeles on September 20th.
The Programs: It’s not a bad thing to see familiar shows nominated like “Modern Family,” which we now take for granted for the way it puts married couple Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) in the mix on the much-lauded comedy. Also, it’s still as sharp and funny as ever with one of the best cast ensembles out there. Other notable entries are “Orange Is The New Black,” “Transparent” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and even “Game Of Thrones” has its share of LGBT characters.
In the miniseries category, “American Horror Story: Freak Show” had it’s share of LGBT characters and grabbed a nomination and “Bessie” and “Nightingale,” both from HBO, featured LGBT-centric lead characters (played by Queen Latifah and David Oyelowo, respectively, both of whom were also nominated in their acting categories).
The Women: If you heard some screams come when the nominations were announced last week it was probably due to Tatiana Maslany finally nabbing a Best Actress in a Drama nomination for her astounding work in BBC America’s “Orphan Black.” Playing a group of diverse clones – including lesbian Cosima and trans clone Tony – Maslany makes something that must be incredibly difficult look like a walk in the part. She already has a Critics Choice award for the role so let’s hope she grabs another statue on Emmy night.
Over on the comedy side of things, Kate McKinnon was nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work on “Saturday Night Live” while out comedienne/actress Lily Tomlin in the comedy category for her straight role as Frankie in “Grace & Frankie” and Uzo Aduba (who won last year) for her role in “Orange Is The New Black.”
In the movie category, alongside Latifah, her co-star Mo’nique was also nominated for playing a lesbian in “Bessie” and over in the Outstanding Host for Reality or Reality-Competition Program, Jane Lynch nabbed a nomination for her effortlessly looking job at “Hollywood Game Night.” As for the Guest Star category, Rachel Brosnahan grabbed a role playing a gay character on “House Of Cards”
The Men: Multi-talented Alan Cumming nabbed another nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role of Eli Gold on “The Good Wife“ and Also worth noting is Kevin Spacey‘s “House of Cards” nomination for playing the first fictional bisexual President and Jeffrey Tambor’s amazingly heartfelt and powerful performance as a trans parent coming out to his family as a woman in “Transparent.”
Out actor Denis O’Hare nabbed a nomination in the miniseries category for “American Horror Story: Freak Show” as did his co-star Finn Witrock, who played the queer-like Dandy on the show, from out creator Ryan Murphy. And in the Guest Star category, Beau Bridges continued to amaze as a closeted married man dealing with his homosexuality on “Masters Of Sex” where his on-screen wife, Allison Janney, also picked up her second nomination this year (the first being for “Mom.”)
In the comedy noms, fave Andre Braugher was nominated again for his role as out and proud Captain Ray Holt on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and Titus Burgess almost stole “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” from the likes of nominee Jane Krakowski and star Ellie Kemper for his role of aspiring performer Tituss in the comedy from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Bradley Whitford also grabbed a Guest Actor role for “Transparent.”
How’s that for a whole lot of LGBT-ness at the Emmys this year?
The 67th Annual Prime Time Emmys will air on September 20th on Fox.
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