This is a banner year for television! Nominees came out today for the 67th annual Emmy Awards and there are tons of LGBT women, characters, and shows with queer themes nominated. Here are the highlights:
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Tatiana Maslany (finally!) for Orphan Black. Stiff competition: Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Claire Danes (Homeland), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men).
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie
Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith in Bessie. She’s up against Felicity Huffman (American Crime), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Freak Show), Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honourable Woman), Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge) and Emma Thompson (Sweeney Todd).
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Lily Tomlin in Grace and Frankie. Other nominees include Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback), Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep).
Outstanding Comedy Series
Transparent. Other shows in the category include Louie, Modern Family, Parks And Recreation, Silicon Valley, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Veep.
Outstanding Drama Series
Orange is the New Black. Taking on Better Call Saul, Downton Abbey, Game Of Thrones, Homeland, House Of Cards, Mad Men.
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Outstanding Television Movie
Bessie has fierce competition in Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case, Grace Of Monaco, Hello Ladies: The Movie, Killing Jesus and Nightingale.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Uzo Aduba faces Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt, Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke on Game Of Thrones, Christine Baranski (The Good Wife) and Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris on Mad Men.
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Rachel Brosnahan as Rachel Posner in House of Cards. Other nominees: Margo Martindale as Claudia in The Americans, Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell (Game of Thrones), How To Get Away With Murder‘s Cicely Tyson, Masters Of Sex‘s Allison Janney as Margaret Scully, and Scandal‘s Khandi Alexander.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Kate McKinnon in SNL and Gaby Hoffmann as the queer Ali Pfefferman in Transparent. Other nominees: Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), Niecy Nash (Getting On), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Allison Janney (Mom), Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Anna Chlumsky (Veep).
Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
Jill Soloway for the pilot of Transparent. Taking on: Jeffrey Klarik (Episodes), Will Forte (The Last Man On Earth) Louis C.K. (Louis), Alec Berg (Silicon Valley) and Tony Roche (Veep).
Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
Jill Soloway for “Best New Girl” episode of Transparent. Up against: Phil Lord (The Last Man On Earth) Louis C.K. (Louie), Mike Judge (Silicon Valley) and Armando Iannucci (Veep).
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie
Sarah Paulson as Dot and Bette Tattler in American Horror Story: Freak Show and Mo’nique as Ma Rainey in Bessie. Competitors: Regina King (American Crime) Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Freak Show) and Denise Thibodeau (Olive Kitteridge).
Outstanding Writing For A Limited Series, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Dee Rees for Bessie and Lisa Cholodenko for Olive Kitteridge. Taking on: Ryan Murphy for American Horror Story: Freak Show, The Honorable Woman, The Missing and Wolf Hall.
Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program
Jane Lynch for Hollywood Game Night. Taking on: Tom Bergeron for Dancing With The Stars, Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn for Project Runway, Cat Deely for So You Think You Can Dance and Anthony Bourdain for The Taste.
Some other notable nominations for Paula Pell as part of The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special (Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special), Transparent: This is Me (Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program), Degrassi (Outstanding Children’s Program), The Case Against 8 (Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special), Adventure Time (Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program), Sonya Tayeh and So You Think You Can Dance (Outstanding Choreography) and Michelle Cegila for her work on American Horror Story: Freak Show (Outstanding Hairstyling For A Limited Series Or A Movie).
The 67th Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 20 (8:00 PM ET /5:00 PM PT) on FOX. Start planning your viewing parties, because this is going to be a good one.