Emmy Award nominations, which were announced this morning, were packed to the brim with LGBT celebrities, allies and HRC supporters.
LGBT people and their allies are represented in multiple categories, exhibiting the talent and wide range of identities and personalities within the community. Indiewire reports that three of the acting categories had 50 percent or more of the nominees playing LGBT characters.
The LGBT community was well-represented in TV nominations. Bryan Cranston, who is a member of HRC’s American for Marriage Equality campaign, was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Walter White in Breaking Bad (the show was also nominated for Outstanding Drama Series). Andre Braughe, who plays a gay man on Brooklyn Nine Nine, was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
HRC supporter Jesse Tyler Ferguson was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal as Mitchell Pritchett on Modern Family. Gay actor Jim Parsons was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for The Big Bang Theory. The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family were both nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series.
The hit series on Netflix Orange is the New Black grabbed 12 Emmy nominations, the most for any comedy. Themes about class, race, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity permeate the show, but many of the cast members have also carried that message off screen. Nominees include star Taylor Shilling as Piper Chapman for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and transgender activist Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. Jodie Foster, who came out publicly at the Golden Globes last year, was also 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, received 16 nominations. The Normal Heart stars Jim Parsons, Joe Mantello and Matt Bomer each received a nomination for portraying gay men in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie category.
The annual awards show, set to air on NBC on August 25, recognizes excellence in the television industry.