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'RuPaul's Drag Race' & 'Assassination Of Gianni Versace' Score Big With Emmy Nominations

The nominations for the 70th Emmy Awards are out this morning and there’s great news for LGBTQ artists and projects.

Looming large was the gay-centric mini-series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story with 16 nominations including one for “Outstanding Limited Series” plus two nods for out uber-producer/director Ryan Murphy.

Murphy told Entertainment Weekly:

“Of course it’s thrilling to see this series attract so much recognition, and I am forever grateful to Tom Rob Smith for his brilliant take, to my producing partners Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and Brad Falchuk for their collaboration and friendship, and to our talented cast who breathed such humanity into these characters. This was a heartbreaking story to tell, made more so by the fact that we continue as a culture to grapple with homophobia and shame and intolerance.”

Ricky Martin also scored his first Emmy nod in the  “Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie” category for his work in the series. Martin gushed via Twitter:

 

 

RuPaul’s Drag Race received 10 nominations including one for “Outstanding Reality Competition” and a third-in-a-row nod to Mama Ru for “Outstanding Host for a Reality Competition.”

Plus, RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked  was honored with two nominations including “Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program.”

On receiving the news, RuPaul shared with via Instagram:

 

 

Thank you @televisionacad for 12 NOMINATIONS for #DragRace and #Untucked!! We are beyond humbled!! Big shoutout to our AMAZING family at @vh1 and @wowreport!!! #Emmys2018 Categories: #DragRace Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Outstanding Host For A Reality or Reality-Competition Program Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program Outstanding Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction, or Reality Program Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic) Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media within an Unscripted Program Outstanding Makeup for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program #Untucked Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

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The return of NBC’s Will & Grace was graced with 5 nominations including Megan Mullally for “Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series” and Molly Shannon for “Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series.”

Also in the “Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series” are Wanda Sykes (Black-ish) and Jane Lynch (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel). 

Lynch was also honored in the “Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program” category for Hollywood Game Night as was Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen’s Game of Games).

Out actress Lily Tomlin was nominated for her work on Grace & Frankie, as well as Sarah Paulson for her performance in American Horror Story: Cult. Cherry Jones got a nod for her role in the much-lauded The Handmaid’s Tale

Kate McKinnon was nominated for “Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series” for her work on Saturday Night Live.

Evan Rachel Wood celebrates her nomination in “Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series” for her work on HBO’s Westworld.

Out actor Titus Burgess received an nom for “Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series” in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Netflix’s reboot of Queer Eye received 4 nominations including “Outstanding Structured Reality Program.”

For Broadway musical lovers, you’ll be happy to know the rapturous Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert received 13 well-deserved nominations.

Surprisingly, FX’s Pose was completely snubbed receiving zero nominations. This writer was hoping to see both transgender director/writer Janet Mock and out actor Billy Porter get some Television Academy love for their powerful work on the ground-breaking, LGBTQ-centric series set in the 1980s.

The 70th annual Emmys Awards will air Monday, September 17, on NBC. For more information, head over to the Emmy Awards official website here.

Here’s the list of this year’s nominees:

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:
Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)
Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)
Jeff Daniels (“The Looming Tower”)
John Legend (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)
Jesse Plemons (“USS Callister”)

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:
Laura Dern (“The Tale”)
Jessica Biel (“The Sinner”)
Michelle Dockery (“Godless”)
Edie Falco (“The Menendez Murders”)
Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)
Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story: Cult”)

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)
Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)
William H. Macy (“Shameless”)
Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Ted Danson (“The Good Place”)

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”)
Allison Janney (“Mom”)
Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”)
Issa Rae (“Insecure”)

Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)
Ed Harris (“Westworld”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)
Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”)
Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”)

Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Claire Foy (“The Crown”)
Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)
Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”)

Reality Competition:
“The Amazing Race”
“American Ninja Warrior”
“Project Runway”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

Variety Sketch Series:
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“Portlandia” (IFC)
“Drunk History” (Comedy Central)
“Tracey Ullman’s Show” (HBO)
“At Home with Amy Sedaris” (TruTV)
“I Love You, America” (Hulu)

Variety Talk Series:
“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“Late Late Show with James Corden Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

Limited Series:
“The Alienist”
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
“Genius: Picasso”
“Godless”
“Patrick Melrose”

Comedy Series:
“Atlanta” (FX)
“Barry” (HBO)
“Black-ish” (ABC)
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
“GLOW” (Netflix)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

Drama Series:
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Game of Thrones”
“This Is Us”
“The Crown”
“The Americans”
“Stranger Things”
“Westworld”

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”)
Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)
Joseph Fiennes (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
David Harbour (“Stranger Things”)
Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”)
Matt Smith (“The Crown”)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”)
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Louie Anderson (“Baskets”)
Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”)
Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”)
Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”)
Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”)
Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”)
Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”)
Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”)

Television Movie:
“Fahrenheit 451” (HBO)
“Flint” (Lifetime)
“Paterno” (HBO)
“The Tale” (HBO)
“Black Mirror: USS Callister” (Netflix)

Structured Reality Program
“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)
“Fixer Upper” (HGTV)
“Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount)
“Queer Eye” (Netflix)
“Shark Tank” (ABC)
“Who Do You Think You Are?” (TLC)

Unstructured Reality Program:
“Born This Way” (A&E)
“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery)
“Intervention” (A&E)
“Naked and Afraid” (Discovery Channel)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” (VH1)
“United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)

Host for Reality/Reality Competition Program:
W. Kamau Bell (“United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell”)
Ellen DeGeneres (“Ellen’s Game of Games”)
RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”)
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”)
Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”)

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:
Jeff Daniels (“Godless”)
Brandon Victor Dixon (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)
John Leguizamo (“Waco”)
Ricky Martin (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Michael Stuhlbarg (“The Looming Tower”)
Finn Wittrock (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:
Sara Bareilles (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert”)
Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Judith Light (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Adina Porter (“American Horror Story: Cult”)
Merritt Wever (“Godless”)
Letitia Wright (“Black Museum” (Black Mirror)

Guest Actor in a Drama Series:
F. Murray Abraham (“Homeland”)
Cameron Britton (“Mindhunter”)
Matthew Goode (“The Crown”)
Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”)
Gerald McRaney (“This Is Us”)
Jimmi Simpson (“Westworld”)

Guest Actress in a Drama Series:
Viola Davis (“Scandal”)
Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Cherry Jones (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Diana Rigg (“Game of Thrones”)
Cicely Tyson (“How to Get Away With Murder”)
Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series:
Sterling K. Brown (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”)
Bryan Cranston (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Donald Glover (“Saturday Night Live”)
Bill Hader (“Saturday Night Live”)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Katt Williams (“Atlanta”)

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: 
Tina Fey (“Saturday Night Live”)
Tiffany Haddish (“Saturday Night Live”)
Jane Lynch (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Maya Rudolph (“The Good Place”)
Molly Shannon (“Will & Grace”)
Wanda Sykes (“Black-ish”)

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The reason POSE received no nominations was because it premiered after the cut-off for this year's eligibility. (May 31st) It could be considered for the 2019 Emmy's if it's put up for nomination. 

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