This morning the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced its 2012 Primetime Emmys nominees and included several nods for inclusive series and characters, as well as out LGBT actors.
ABC’s Modern Family cleaned up this year with a total of 14 nominations, including a nomination for Best Comedy Series, which the series has won the past two years. Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet were both nominated for the third year in a row in the Best Supporting Actor category for their portrayal of longtime couple, Mitchell and Cameron. Stonestreet received the Emmy for his role in 2010.
Other inclusive comedy nominations include Girls and 30 Rock for Best Comedy, out actor Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) in Lead Actor in a Comedy, out actress Margaret Cho (30 Rock) for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy, and Will Arnett (30 Rock) in the Best Guest Actor in a Comedy category for his role as crafty gay exec Devon Banks. Fox’s The Simpsons and American Dad also received nominations for Best Animated Program.
All of the nominees for Best Competition Reality Show category included LGBT contestants: Project Runway, The Voice, The Amazing Race, Top Chef and Dancing with the Stars. This year Dancing with the Stars included out contestants Carson Kressley and Martina Navratilova, as well as the series’ first and only transgender contestant, Chaz Bono. Out dancer Travis Wall also got a nod in Outstanding Choreography for his Dancing with the Stars routine to “Without You.” In total, the series picked up 7 Emmy nods.
Archie Panjabi was nominated in Best Supporting Actress, Drama for her work as bisexual investigator Kalinda Sharma on CBS' The Good Wife. The series as a whole received 7 nominations for the year. Other inclusive drama series nominations include Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and Downton Abbey which are all competing for the honor of Best Drama.
Ryan Murphy’s miniseries American Horror Story ties for the lead in total nominations with 17 nods for the series; including Best Miniseries or Movie and out actor Denis O’Hare for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie. Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (featuring bisexual dominatrix Irene Adler) was also nominated in the Best Miniseries or Movie category, and out actress Sarah Paulson’s work in Game Change netted her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.
MTV’s It Gets Better special, which examined the lives of three LGBT young people intercut with messages of support from a number of out celebs and web-users, was nominated for Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program. TeenNick's Degrassi, which features several LGBT characters, was nominated for Outstanding Children's Program.
Dirty Work, a webseries about a group of crime scene cleaners in LA starring transgender actress Jamie Clayton, received a nomination for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media, Original.
GLAAD congratulates this year’s LGBT-inclusive nominees, industry professionals and allies whose outstanding work allows the stories of the community to be brought to a wide television audience. The 64th Annual Emmys ceremony will air September 23 on ABC and the full list of nominees can be seen at Deadline Hollywood.