This morning the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced its 2011 Primetime Emmy Award nominees. Modern Family raked in the most nominations for a comedy series, Degrassi's "My Body Is a Cage, Part 2" was nominated in the Outstanding Children's Program category and the highly anticipated documentary Becoming Chaz received three nominations.
This year's GLAAD Media Awards winners received an impressive number of Emmy nominations. Modern Family was nominated 17 times, including nominations in the Outstanding Comedy Series category and three of the five nominations in the Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series category. Glee was nominated 12 times, including a nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series. In the Outstanding Drama Series category, three of the five nominated shows are inclusive: Games of Thrones, The Good Wife, and Mad Men.
Both Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet were nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series category for their portrayal of committed couple Mitchell and Cameron on Modern Family. The category also includes Chris Colfer from Glee. Jane Lynch has been nominated again this year for her role on Glee in the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series category. She received the award for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester last year. Among its nine nominations, The Good Wife received two notable nominations in the Outstanding Supporting Actor categories; Archie Panjabi plays the bisexual investigator Kalinda Sharma and out actor Alan Cumming portrays Eli Gold on the series.
Other actors and actresses nominated include openly bisexual actress Evan Rachel Wood for Mildred Pierce, Will Arnett for his role as gay executive Devon Banks on 30 Rock, Nathan Lane for the gay character Pepper Saltzman on Modern Family and both Kristin Chenoweth and Dot-Marie Jones for their guest appearances on Glee.
Many other LGBT-inclusive programs also received nominations. The Degrassi episode "My Body is a Cage, Part 2," which focused on transgender teen Adam's struggles and which GLAAD consulted on, was nominated for Outstanding Children's Program. Becoming Chaz, the documentary about Chaz Bono’s emotional and physical transition, directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, was nominated in three categories. In the reality programs categories, Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List, The Amazing Race, Dancing With The Stars and Project Runway were nominated. The television movie Cinema Verite, which followed the trailblazing TV family the Louds and their out son Lance, is nominated in nine categories. And both Elton John and Lady Gaga scored respective nominations for Saturday Night Live and Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden.
GLAAD congratulates this year's LGBT-inclusive nominees and LGBT industry professionals and allies whose outstanding work allows the stories of the community to be brought to a wide television audience. The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will air on September 18, 2011.