61st Primetime Emmy Nominations Announced!

July 16, 2009

The nominations for the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning and, as always, there were a number of snubs and surprises. Among the nominations were a number of LGBT-inclusive series and a handful of out performers like Cherry Jones and Sir Ian McKellen.

Prayers for Bobby, nominated for Outstanding Made for Television Movie

Prayers for Bobby, nominated for Outstanding Made for Television Movie

The Lifetime Original TV Movie Prayers for Bobby, about gay teen Bobby Griffith, scored a nomination for Outstanding Made for Television Movie. Sigourney Weaver was also nominated for her role as Bobby's devout mother who struggled to accept her gay son.

Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris will also be a contender for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother. Odds may be in his favor for the win since perennial winner Jeremy Piven wasn't nominated this year.

Tony-winning actress Cherry Jones may add an Emmy to her mantle, having won a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as President Allison Taylor on 24. The only other out actor to earn a nomination was Sir Ian McKellen in the Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie category for his acclaimed role as King Lear in King Lear (Great Performances). Openly gay director Todd Holland received a nomination for Directing for a Comedy Series for the gay-themed episode of 30 Rock, "Generalissimo."

Several LGBT-inclusive series won nominations as well. 30 Rock, Entourage, The Office, and Weeds were all nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series, while Big Love, House, and Mad Men were among the seven nominees for Outstanding Drama Series.

Emmy nominee Cherry Jones as 24's President Allison Taylor

Emmy nominee Cherry Jones as 24's President Allison Taylor

On the reality front, GLAAD Media Award honoree and two-time "Schmemmy" winner Kathy Griffin was once again nominated for My Life on the D-List. Kathy, who has been tapped to host the Schmemmy Awards (AKA: The Creative Arts Emmy Awards) on September 12, also received a nomination for her comedy special, Kathy Griffin: She'll Cut a B****.

Elsewhere on the reality front, every single nominee for Outstanding Reality - Competition Program included LGBT content in the past year: American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, The Amazing Race, and Top Chef.

Other nominees of interest to LGBT audiences include favorites such as Betty White, Elaine Stritch, Toni Collette, Sally Field, Kristen Chenoweth, Justin TimberlakeBill Maher, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert. And finally, on a personal note, I'd like to give a shout out to Saturday Night Live's Kristen Wiig!

The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air on CBS live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 20th. Visit the Emmy website for a full list of nominees.