Emmy nominations: What’s gay about ’em

Posted on 14 Jul 2016 at 12:01pm

TRuPaulhe Emmy Award nominations were revealed this morning, and once again there are several nomination of particular interest to the gay community.

Once again Transparent — the Amazon Studios series about a male-to-female trans woman who transitions late in life (and starring last year’s Emmy winner Jeffrey Tambor) — is nominated for outstanding comedy series, along with Tambor (lead actor), Judith Light and Gaby Hoffman (supporting actress), Bradley Whitford (guest actor) and Melora Hardin (guest actress). Creator Jill Solloway, who won for writing last year, is nominated again this year as best director of a comedy series. Transparent will compete against some other gay faves: The Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, HBO’s Veep and ABC’s Modern Family.

Leading actress in a comedy series is a powerhouse category this year. Last year’s winner Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Veep) is up against  out actress Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie), Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer), Laurie Metcalf (Getting On), Tracee Ellis Ross (Blackish) and Ellie Kemper (Kimmy Schmidt). Tituss Burgess from Kimmy Schmidt is nominated as supporting actor in a comedy as Kimmy’s flamboyant roommate.

Burgess will be up against Louie Anderson, who gives an amazing cross-dressing performance as Zach Galifianakis’ mom in FX’s Baskets. Andre Braugher, who plays a stiff but gay police captain on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, is also nominated, as are Keegan-Michael Key in the now-canceled variety series Key & Peele; previous winners Ty Burrell from Modern Family and Tony Hale from Veep; and Matt Walsh from Veep. In addition to the Transparent women, supporting actress in a comedy includes out actress Kate McKinnon for her many roles (especially Hillary Clinton) on Saturday Night Live.

Downtown Abbey and Game of Thrones are the big contenders in drama series (both are former winners). Tatiana Maslany, who plays a number of clones (including one transgender) on Orphan Black, is up for leading actress against Taraji P. Henson in the very gay Empire and Viola Davis in the equally gay How to Get Away with Murder.

Limited series is full of interesting contenders as well, with the Ryan Murphy-produced The People vs. O.J. Simpson going against the second iteration of American Crime, which this season was about a gay teen. Courtney B. Vance and Cuba Gooding Jr. are both up for leading actor for People Vs., playing Johnnie Cochrane and Simpson. Out actress Sarah Paulson is nominated as leading actress in the same for playing prosecutor Marcia Clark. Sterling K. Brown, David Schwimmer and John Travolta are up for supporting actor. Paulson is also up for supporting actress for the latest American Horror Story: Hotel.

RuPaul’s Drag Race finally made it into the final list, with RuPaul up for best reality show host. She’s up against Jane Lynch for Hollywood Game Night, and others. Gaycation with Ellen Page is up for best non-fiction series.

You can see the full list here. The winners will be announced in September.

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