The Primetime Emmy Awards are treating some of our favorite out celebrities very well this year. The nominations were announced earlier this week – and we wanted to give you the gay who’s who of possible winners. Turns out it’s a good year to be gay – and play gay – on television.
A whopping 14 nominations went to Modern Family, including supporting actor recognition for both Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet who play two gay dads on the hit ABC comedy. Another funny guy, Jim Parsons, is also up for an Emmy for best actor – he’s won two already for his role on The Big Bang Theory.
The laughs keep coming with Margaret Cho – she’s nominated for her hilarious portrayal of Kim Jong II and Kim Jong Un on 30 Rock. The show got 13 nominations. We have to hand it to the show’s creator Tina Fey. She handled Tracy Morgan’s anti-gay rant well last year by not only speaking out, but also incorporating a few more gay-friendly moments on the NBC comedy.
Ryan Murphy’s Glee also wrangled three nominations, but none for Jane Lynch. How’s that possible? Another musically charged show with no shortage of gay characters and moments - Smash – received four nods.
Lena Dunham makes a showing this year, thanks to her HBO comedy Girls (who doesn’t love Andrew Rannells as the oh-so gay ex?).
Downton Abbey, a big hit among LGBT viewers, also received 16 nominations in many major categories, including best drama series. We’d be surprised if it beats out Mad Men, though, which also earned its fair share of nominations.
Things get serious for the Emmys, too, with activist Dan Savage being nominated for his It Gets Better special about bullying.