One thing the Emmys’ decision to not allow “Orange is the New Black” to compete in the comedy categories this year won’t affect is the Best Supporting Actor race (sorry Jason Biggs). Which is shaping up to be very interesting, at least one specific sense: Actors playing gay men could dominate the race. Indiewire’s current predictions in the category suggest 4 of the 6 nominees would be for gay characters: Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”), Andre Braugher (“Brooklyn Nine Nine”), Sam Waterson and Martin Sheen (both from the upcoming “Grace & Frankie” — out this weekend!). More over, Tony Hale is predicted as well… and while his “Veep” character is not out or seemingly even aware of his sexuality, we tend to think otherwise.
The only somewhat surely straight character represented is Ty Burrell’s “Modern Family” dad, though his co-star Eric Stonestreet could feasibly knock him out (though its probably unlikely), making this an all gay (ish) affair. ). And that’s not even considering the best performance by an actor playing a gay character on television right now, also eligible in this category. We’re of course talking about Andrew Rannells, who is absolutely the best thing about the fourth season of “Girls.”
Notably, this category has been on a bit of a major gay streak as of late. Not including Hale, at least 2 nominees have been for actors playing gay men for the last five years running (in many cases there were 3).