This morning in North Hollywood, actors Joel McHale and Sofia Vergara announced the nominees for the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. This year's slate of nominees include a large number of openly LGBT actors, some of whom also play LGBT roles, as well as nominations for LGBT inclusive programs.
The GLAAD Media Award-winning comedy series Glee was the most nominated program of the year with 19 nominations. This includes nods in the supporting categories for out actors Jane Lynch, who plays the nefarious cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, and Chris Colfer, who plays openly gay glee club member Kurt Hummel. Mike O'Malley, who plays Kurt's loving father, was nominated for his guest role, as were openly gay directors Ryan Murphy and Paris Barclay. Murphy is also the creator of the series and scored an additional nod for writing the pilot. Lynch was also nominated for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her part in Two and a Half Men.
Colfer finds himself in arguably the most contentious category, at least in terms of LGBT actors: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Joining him are out actors Neil Patrick Harris, who plays womanizing Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays gay family man Mitchell Pritchett on Modern Family. Eric Stonestreet, who plays Mitchell's partner, Cameron, was also nominated in the category. Harris also received a nomination for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for playing Bryan Ryan on an episode of Glee.
Other out actors nominated for Emmys this year are: Alan Cumming in the Guest Actor in a Drama Series category for his role as Eli Gold in The Good Wife, Lily Tomlin in the Guest Actress in a Drama Series category for her role as Marilyn Tobin on Damages and Sir Ian McKellen in the Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie category for his role as Two on The Prisoner. Will Arnett, who plays the openly gay character Devin Banks on 30 Rock, was nominated for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.
“Today’s nominees reflect a diverse range of LGBT actors, characters and plot lines, all of which help Americans better understand and accept our community,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “By nominating eight openly gay, lesbian or bisexual actors for television’s highest honor, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has sent a clear message that LGBT actors are limitless in the roles that they play and offer a rich variety of talent that deserves recognition.”
Wanda Sykes is nominated for her HBO comedy special, Wanda Sykes: I’ma Be Me, which touched upon her experiences as a recently married lesbian woman raising a family. Sykes was honored with the Vanguard Award at the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.
Glee and Modern Family are nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series alongside the LGBT inclusive programs Nurse Jackie, The Office and 30 Rock, as well as Curb Your Enthusiasm. GLAAD Media Award nominees Mad Men and True Blood are nominated for Outstanding Drama Series along with Breaking Bad, Dexter, The Good Wife and Lost.
Also of note, Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story was nominated for Outstanding Nonfiction Special and will go up against The Simpsons: 20th Anniversary Special - In 3D! On Ice!, which featured an appearance by GLAAD's Senior Director of Media Programs, Rashad Robinson.
The 62 Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air live Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 8PM EST/5PM PST on NBC. Visit the official Emmy website for a full list of nominees.