Queer Television Stars Win Big At 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

RuPaul and the stars of Netflix's 'Queer Eye' were among the winners at this year's Primetime Emmy Awards.

The cast of queer eye win three Emmy Awards

Last night saw queer television stars scoop multiple Emmy Awards, with RuPaul and the team behind RuPaul’s Drag Race winning a total of 5 awards. The show won awards for costuming, hairstyling and directing.

RuPaul was also awarded for Outstanding Host of a Reality Program for the third year in a row, exclaiming “Everybody say ‘love’!” as he took to the stage to collect his Emmy. He continued, “Now drive that down to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Our show is about love and the tenacity of the human spirit. We are so happy to present all these queens to the world.”

Queer Eye also bagged three awards out of their four nominations. The cast, Karamo Brown, Antoni Parowski, Bobby Berk, Johnathan Van Ness and Tan France, along with the team behind the Netflix reboot received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, as well as awards for picture editing and casting, beating out primetime television heavyweights such as The Voice and Shark Tank.

Ecstatic at their Emmy Awards success, Queer Eye‘s food and wine expert Antoni Parowski tweeted of his excitement, saying “Love and inclusion take the front stage,” while the show’s interior designer Bobby Berk tweeted “Those surreal moments you couldn’t have even dreamed would happen to you. ”

While the cast was buzzed about their award success, the show’s grooming expert Johnathan Van Ness received some criticism for wearing a skirt, mesh top and high heels. Responding to one troll on Instagram who compared him to “the villain from Despicable Me 3”, Van Ness wrote, “I look f—ing stunning and my name is Jonathan, snap chat filter using on your Insta tiny circle private profile having self.”

Johnathan was also accompanied by his new boyfriend, Wilco Froneman. Froneman is a South African rugby player who played for the Emerald Warriors and recently moved to New York from Ireland.

As well as RuPaul and Queer Eye‘s Fab Five, there were more queer winners at the Emmy Awards. Yance Ford, the director of Strong Island, made Emmy history as the first transgender man and the first black trans person to win an Emmy Award. Ford also made history earlier this year as he was the first out transgender film director to be nominated for an Oscar.

The Handmaid’s Tail star Samira Wiley also picked up an award for Best Drama Guest Actress for her portrayal of a queer woman in the show. Accepting the award, Wiley thanked her wife, “Lauren Mirelli, who every day shows me what real passion is for your work and every hour gives me a reason to bring it.”

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