68th Annual Emmy nominees include several LGBT creators, inclusive series

The nominees for the 68th Annual Emmy Awards were announced this morning, and the list includes several LGBT actors, writers, and creators as well as nominations for LGBT characters and inclusive series. The 68th Annual Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air Sunday, September 18 on ABC at 7pm ET/ 4pm PT from Los Angeles' The Microsoft Theater.

The web series Her Story, co-written by and starring Jen Richards, picked up a nomination in Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. The show, which explores the dating lives of trans and queer women in Los Angeles, centers on two trans women who, after giving up on love, have chance encounters that spark potential new relationships. Richards, co-founder of the Trans 100, and trans entrepreneur Angelica Ross star in the lead roles. Season one of Her Story is available now on YouTube.

Out actress Sarah Paulson picked up two nominations; one in Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her work on American Crime Story and another in Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role on the most recent season of American Horror Story. Lily Tomlin scored a nomination in Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Netflix's Grace and Frankie. Tituss Burgess picked up a nomination in Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Out choreographer Travis Wall is nominated in Outstanding Choreography for his work on So You Think You Can Dance. Jill Soloway is nominated in Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for Transparent, while Ryan Murphy scored a nod in Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special for American Crime Story. Co-directors and long-time partners Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos are nominated in Outstanding Directing for a Non-Fiction Program for Making of a Murderer, with Demos also scoring a nod in Outstanding Picture Editing. Out Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon is nominated in Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Jane Lynch picked up a nomination in Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for Hollywood Game Night. Ellen Page's series Gaycation with Ellen Page is nominated in Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program. Tig Notaro is nominated in Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for her HBO special Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted, and Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia) picked up a nomination in Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.

Jeffrey Tambor is again nominated in Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of trans woman Maura Pfefferman on Amazon's Transparent. Tambor's co-star Gaby Hoffmann (Ali) also earned a nomination in Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, with guest stars Bradley Whitford (Magnus Hirschfeld) and Melora Hardin (Tammy Cashman) picking up nods in Outstanding Guest Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series respectively. The Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category includes nominations for Viola Davis as bisexual lawyer and professor Annalise Keating on How to Get Away with Murder and Tatiana Maslany who plays several clones including out scientist Cosima on Orphan Black. In Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Kevin Spacey is nominated for his work as Frank Underwood on House of Cards. Andre Braugher is nominated in Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of out police Captain Ray Holt on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

LGBT-inclusive series Master of None, black-ish, Modern Family, Transparent, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Veep all picked up nominations in Outstanding Comedy Series. In Outstanding Drama Series, nominees included LGBT-inclusive series Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Mr. Robot. The most recent season of American Crime is nominated in Outstanding Limited Series, while Portlandia and Saturday Night Live picked up nods in Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. Gay of Thrones is nominated in Outstanding Short Form Variety Series.  Undercover Boss picked up a nomination in Outstanding Structured Reality Program, and The Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, and Project Runway are all nominated in Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. HBO's Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures picked up a nomination in Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special. The "Love Has No Labels" ad that went viral in the last year picked up a nomination in Outstanding Commercial, and Cartoon Network's Steven Universe is nominated in Outstanding Short Form Animated Program.

The 68th Annual Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air Sunday, September 18 on ABC at 7pm ET/ 4pm PT from Los Angeles' The Microsoft Theater.

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