LGBT+ Film & TV Receives Major Recognition As Emmy Nominees Announced

A diverse range of LGBT+ shows and actors have been nominated for Emmy Awards this year in a display of recognition that has been welcomed by the community.

some of the LGBT+ nominations at this years Emmy awards

The nominations for this year’s Emmy’s were announced last night and Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace lead the way for LGBT+ content receiving 18 nominations.

The drama explored the assassination of Gianni Versace at the hands of Andrew Cunanan in 1997, with Darren Criss, who plays Cunanan, nominated in the Lead Actor category.

Five actors including Ricky Martin and Penelope Cruz were also nominated for their roles in the series.

Not far behind in the nomination stakes was RuPaul’s Drag Race which received 12 nominations, a nomination for ‘RuPaul in the ‘Host for Reality/Reality-Competition Program’ category, which also includes nominations for Ellen DeGeneres and Jane Lynch.

The new series of Will & Grace received 5 nominations, with Megan Mullally picking up an ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series’ nomination.

The cast of Will & Grace sitting on directors' chairs with their names on it.

The reboot of Queer Eye picked up four nominations, with Jonathan Van Ness’ Funny or Die series ‘Gay Of Thrones’ receiving a nomination for ‘Outstanding Short From A Variety Series’.

Jonathan Van Ness’ reaction to hearing about the nomination shows that he can’t believe.

Lily Tomlin received a nomination for ‘Outstanding Comedy Actress’ for her role in Grace & Frankie, which got a total of 3 nominations.

Other LGBT+ trailblazers who received awards for their work include Kate McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Samira Wiley, Titus Burgess and Wanda Sykes.

Sarah Paulson in Ocean’s 8

Queer inclusive cartoon, Steven Universe, was nominated for ‘Outstanding Short-Form Animated Program’.

The presence of the diverse nominations has been welcomed by GLAAD, who welcomed the LGBT+ representation at the year’s Emmys.

GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said: “Today’s list of Emmy nominees is a milestone moment for LGBTQ inclusion on television.

“With a surge of out actors and creators nominated alongside LGBTQ-inclusive scripted programming and LGBTQ-focused shows like Queer Eye and RuPaul’s Drag Race, the Television Academy is finally reflecting how audiences and critics embrace diverse LGBTQ images on television.

“Emmy voters today sent a clear message of inclusion and acceptance which should be a signal for Hollywood to continue to tell powerful and impactful LGBTQ stories.”

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