Could this be the Gayest Emmys yet?
Out stars Matt Bomer, Kate McKinnon, Jim Parsons, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nathan Lane, and Jane Lynch among the nominees
When the 66th annual Primetime Emmy nominations were announced this morning, those keeping an LGBTI scorecard had plenty to keep track of.
In addition to Laverne Cox making history as the first trans actress to receive a nomination for her role on Orange is the New Black, there are numerous out gay, lesbian and bisexual nominees.
Already a three-time Emmy winner for The Big Bang Theory, Jim Parsons received two nominations – another for Bang Theory and one for the HBO miniseries The Normal Heart.
In the supporting actor in a TV movie or miniseries category, among Parsons competition are fellow out actors and co-stars Matt Bomer and Joe Mantello.
The Normal Heart, the long-awaited film version of Larry Kramer’s landmark play about the early days of the AIDS crisis, was also nominated for Outstanding TV Movie and earned a best actor nod for Mark Ruffalo and a supporting actress nomination for Julia Roberts.
American Horror Story: Coven also received multiple nominations and among them are out actress Sarah Paulson who received a nod for Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie or Mini-Series.
Out comedian and actress Kate McKinnon received her first nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Saturday Night Live.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson received another nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for playing a gay dad on Modern Family and Nathan Lane received a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his recurring role on Modern Family.
Lesbian actress Jane Lynch, a former Emmy winner for Glee, was nominated this year for Outstanding Reality Show Host for Hollywood Game Night and among her competition is openly gay Tim Gunn who co-hosts Project Runway with Heidi Klum.
Among the LGBT characters to get nods were Andre Braugher for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy for playing an out cop on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series while both Uzo Aduba and Natasha Lyonne were nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
Behind the camera, out directors Paris Barclay and Jodie Foster were nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for episodes of Glee and Orange is the New Black, respectively. Ryan Murphy was nominated for Outstanding Directing for a TV-Movie or Mini-Series for The Normal Heart.
See full list of Emmy nominees.