What to Watch for Tonight at the 66th Annual Emmy Awards
August 25, 2014 by Hayley Miller, Senior Digital Media Associate
The Emmy Awards, which airs tonight on NBC, will feature a wide array of LGBT celebrities, allies and HRC supporters.
Here are some big names and moments to watch for:
- Laverne Cox could make Emmy history tonight as the first openly transgender person to win an Emmy. She was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Sophia Burset on the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black (OITNB).
- Jodie Foster is nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for the OITNB episode, “Lesbian Request Denied.”
- The Normal Heart, which is about the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s, could be a big winner tonight. The TV movie received 16 nominations. Ryan Murphy is nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries and publicly out actors Jim Parsons, Joe Mantello and Matt Bomer each received a nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie category.
- Bryan Cranston, who is a member of HRC’s American for Marriage Equality campaign, is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Walter White in Breaking Bad (the show is also nominated for Outstanding Drama Series).
- HRC supporter Jesse Tyler Ferguson is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal as Mitchell Pritchett on Modern Family.
- Gay actor Jim Parsons is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for The Big Bang Theory.
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