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‘Transparent’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’ Highlight Most LGBT-Friendly Emmy Nominations Ever

'Transparent' and 'Orange is the New Black' Highlight Most LGBT-Friendly Emmy Nominations Ever

“Transparent” and “Orange Is The New Black” both got nominations in the best series categories this morning in what has to be the most LGBT-friendly Primetime Emmy nominations ever.  

A whopping 18 nominations in the acting categories went to either LGBT actors or actors playing LGBT characters (or refreshingly in many occasions: both!).   And this came despite a ton of LGBT-related snubs. There was no Laverne Cox or Taylor Schilling from “Orange is The New Black.”  No Jesse Tyler Ferguson or Eric Stonestreet from “Modern Family.”  No Sam Waterson or Martin Sheen from “Grace & Frankie.” No “Looking” (though that’s not exactly surprising). But it’s hard to complain about any of that when the Emmys so significantly embraced LGBT content and performers from a season that was such a landmark one for both. 

Perhaps our favorite example is the domination of the TV Movie and Limited Series categories by HBO’s “Bessie” and “Olive Kitteridge,” which makes the Best Limited Series/TV Movie race for Best Directing suggestively a battle between… two openly gay female directors. Dee Rees and Lisa Cholodenko each followed up their films “Pariah” and “The Kids Are All Right” with an HBO project, and neither disappointed. Given the sorry situation facing female directors in Hollywood, the idea that two gay women (one of whom is a person of color, no less) are the Emmys’ equivalent of the González Iñárritu v. Linklater race at this year’s Oscars makes us smile very, very wide.

Here’s our list of LGBT-related nominations… Let us know if we’re missing anything and we’ll gladly add to this already hefty list.

“Transparent” (Best Comedy Series)

“Orange is the New Black” (Best Drama Series)

“Bessie” (Best TV Movie)


Jeffery Tambor, “Transparent” (Best Comedy Actor)


Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” (Best Drama Actor)

Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall” (Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actor)

Lilly Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie” (Best Comedy Actress)


Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black” (Best Drama Actress)


Queen Latifah, “Bessie” (Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actress)


Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Best Comedy Supporting Actor)


Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Best Comedy Supporting Actor)


Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife” (Best Drama Supporting Actor)


Dennis O’Hare, “American Horror Story” (Best TV Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actor)


Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live” (Best Comedy Supporting Actress)


Gaby Hoffmann, “Transparent” (Best Comedy Supporting Actress)


Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black” (Best Drama Supporting Actress)


Mo’Nique, “Bessie” (Best TV Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actress)


Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story” (Best TV Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actress)


Bradley Whitford, “Transparent” (Best Comedy Guest Actor)


Beau Bridges, “Masters of Sex” (Best Drama Guest Actor)


Ryan Murphy, “American Horror Story”   (Best TV Movie/Limited Series Director)


Lisa Cholodenko, “Olive Kitteridge”   (Best TV Movie/Limited Series Director)


Dee Rees, “Bessie”  (Best TV Movie/Limited Series Director)


Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night” (Best Reality Host)


Tim Gunn, “Project Runway” (Best Reality Host)


“The Case Against 8” (Best Documentary Special)

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