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Sarah Paulson, Samira Wiley among LGBTI talent to get 2018 Emmy nods

Sarah Paulson, Samira Wiley among LGBTI talent to get 2018 Emmy nods

The wait for the list of 2018 Emmy nominations is finally over. Actors Samira Wiley and Ryan Eggold announced the full list of nominees on 12 July from the Wolf Theatre at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center in LA.

Openly gay Wiley received a nomination herself for her supporting role in The Handmaid’s Tale for the second year in a row.

However, she isn’t the only LGBTI person to receive a nomination this year. Several LGBTI actors and queer shows may bring home the golden statue on 17 September.

The nominees

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story will run in the Outstanding Limited Series category. Moreover, actor Darren Criss, who portrays the Italian stylist’s gay killer Andrew Cunanan, received a nod.

Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan on The Assassination of Gianni Versace. | Photo: American Crime Story/FX

Sarah Paulson, who is in a relationship with actress Holland Taylor, got nominated for Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role on American Horror Story: Cult.

Gay actress Lily Tomlin also received her second nod for her portrayal of Frankie Bergstein in comedy Grace and Frankie, alongside Jane Fonda.

Lily Tomlin currently stars in Netflix's hit comedy series Grace and Frankie
Lily Tomlin currently stars in Netflix’s hit comedy series Grace and Frankie. | Photo: Grace & Frankie/Netflix

Newcomer queer spy TV show Killing Eve, starring Grey’s Anatomy’s Sandra Oh, was among the favorites. Although the show didn’t make it to the list of nominees for Best Drama, Oh’s performance as Eve Polastri, an MI5 officer who develops a weird, romantic obsession for assassin Villanelle, secured her a nomination for Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Bisexual actress Evan Rachel Wood received a nod in the same category for her role on Westworld. The sci-fi show also received a nomination for Best Drama series.

Finally, RuPaul’s Drag Race got its second nomination for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.

The greatest snubs at 2018 Emmys

Dominique Jackson as Elektra Abundance in Ryan Murphy's FX show Pose
Dominique Jackson as Elektra Abundance in Ryan Murphy’s FX show Pose, snubbed at this year’s Emmys. | Photo: Twitter/Mic

Will & Grace was fully expected to get nominated for Best Comedy but wasn’t. Stars Eric McCormack and Debra Messing were both also left in the cold.

Ryan Murphy’s show Pose, portraying the lives of trans women in 1980s NYC, missed the cutoff for nominations this year — but could earn its first nods next year.

Last year’s winners

Lena waithe stands on the red carpet with a rainbow flag draped over her shoulders
Lena Waithe and the 2018 Met Gala. | Photo: Twitter/@blackmon

2017 Emmys saw lesbian actress Kate McKinnon (SNL, Ghostbusters) triumphing as Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Among her most famous sketches from last year’s season, there was her impersonation of Hillary Clinton on SNL.

Furthermore, gay screenwriter Lena Waithe won Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. She penned the Thanksgiving episode of Netflix’s Master of None together with the show’s creator Aziz Ansari.

San Junipero, the fourth episode of season 3 of British dystopic series Black Mirror, won both Outstanding Television Movie and Writing for a Limited Series. In the one-hour episode, Mackenzie Davis and Gugu Mbatha-Raw star as same-sex couple Yorkie and Kelly in the late 1980s.

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards

The 2018 Emmy Awards ceremony will air live from the Microsoft Theater at LA Live on 17 September. This year’s co-hosts are Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che and Colin Jost.

Read the full list of nominees here.

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