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Emmy Awards 2016: The LGBT ones to watch

By Will Stroude

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The countdown to the 68th annual EMMY Awards are almost over; grab the popcorn and get in-the-know with attitude’s quick guide of the nominations we’ve made banners for!

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and broadcasting at 01.00 BST time this Sunday, September 18, from LA’s Microsoft Theatre, LGBT and British stars are set to rock and scoop up as many gongs as they can!

Legends Viola Davis, from How To Get Away With Murder, Taraji P Henson from Empire (which also stars our September issues cover stars Naomi Campbell and Jussie Mullet) and Desperate Housewives Felicity Huffman lead the chase for the awards this year.


American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson is up twice in the Lead Actress in a Limited Series/Movie category for her work in the cult show and also for scarily-accurate biographical role as determined lawyer Marcia Clark on The People Vs. OJ Simpson. After the season six’s theme-reveal, let’s hope for more some more clues about what we can expect this season.


Meanwhile, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Titus Burgess receives his second nomination – though sadly there are no awards for his incredible Yelp review of a removal company earlier this year.

This would be the notoriously dramatic actor’s first win for his gloriously camp performances of aspiring theatre star and all-round glamazon Titus Andromedon in the Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category.


Lily Tomlin is up for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in for her portrayal of Frankie in Grace and Frankie. The hit Netflix original series has already received 23 nominations since it began airing last year, and taken home six awards so far. Is it going to be seven tonight?


The category for Outstanding Host for Reality/Reality Competition Program in the Creative Arts Emmy’s was rife with LGBT media moguls.

LGBT stars Jane Lynch from Hollywood Game Night, Project Runway’s Tim Gunn and Ru Paul Charles from Ru Paul’s Drag Race were all up for the award before Mama Ru snatched it for herself on September 11th. Looks like Bianco Del Rio is right, “gay people make everything happen!”

After eight seasons and an astounding 100 episodes of Drag Race, all we can say is, congratulations! Other nominees, sashay away!


Ahead of the season three premiere of TransparentJeffery Tambor is hoping to win the Emmy for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series‘for his role in culturally shaking show.

His portrayal of transgender divorced-dad Maura Pfefferman in the Amazon-Exclusive, created by bisexual TV writer Jill Soloway is a testament to the future of Television, both in terms of content and platform, and has four other actors in competition for an award this year.


‘Rear of the Year’ 2016 winner Tom Hiddleston receives a nomination in Lead Actor in a Limited Series for his bum-baring role in dark show The Night Manager, but after allegedly losing out to an Armani underwear campaign and being James Bond due to his highly public relationship with Taylor Swift, could this be his last? We hope not!

Check out the full list of nominees at tonight’s 68th annual Emmy Awards below:

Drama Series

  • The Americans
Better Call Saul
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • House of Cards
  • Mr. Robot

Comedy Series

  • Black-ish
  • Master of None
  • Modern Family
Silicon Valley
  • Veep
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

slutbLimited Series

  • American Crime
The Night Manager
The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

  • Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
  • Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Matthew Rhys, The Americans
  • Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
  • Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

MR. ROBOT -- "Pilot" Episode 101 -- Pictured: (l-r) -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/USA Network)Lead Actress in a Drama Series

  • Claire Danes, Homeland
  • Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
  • Taraji P Henson, Empire 
  • Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
  • Keri Russell, The Americans
  • Robin Wright, House of Cards

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Bryan Cranston, All the Way
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
  • Idris Elba, Luther
  • Cuba Gooding Jr., The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  • Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
  • Courtney B. Vance, The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

night-managerLead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
  • Felicity Huffman, American Crime
  • Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
  • Sarah Paulson, The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  • Lili Taylor, American Crime
  • Kerry Washington, Confirmation

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
  • Aziz Ansari, Master of None
  • Will Forte, Last Man on Earth
  • William H. Macy, Shameless
  • Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley
  • Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent 

jeffrey-tambor-transparent-featureLead Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Laurie Metcalf, Getting On
  • Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
  • Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schemer 
  • Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Supporting Actor in a Comedy

  • Louie Anderson, Baskets
  • Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele
  • Andre Braugher, Brooklyn  Nine-Nine
  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family
  • Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Matt Walsh, Veep
  • Tony Hale, Veep

gafSupporting Actress in a Comedy

  • Niecy Nash, Getting On
  • Allison Janney, Mom
  • Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live 
  • Judith Light, Transparent
  • Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent
  • Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
  • Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
  • Michael Kelly, House of Cards
  • Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

rs-246675-rs-kit-haringtonSupporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
  • Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
  • Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
  • Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
  • Maura Tierney, The Affair
  • Constance Zimmer, UnREAL

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Jesse Plemons, Fargo
  • Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo
  • Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
  • Sterling K. Brown, People v. O.J. Simpson
  • David Schwimmer, People v. O.J. Simpson
  • John Travolta, People v. O.J. Simpson

ht_people_vs_oj_as_02_160316_4x3_992Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

  • Melissa Leo, All the Way
  • Regina King, American Crime
  • Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel
  • Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel
  • Jean Smart, Fargo
  • Olivia Colman, The Night Manager

Variety Talk Series

  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
  • The Late Late Show With James Cordon
  • Real Time With Bill Maher
  • Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

american-horror-story-hotel-recap-episode-101Reality Show Host

  • Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
  • Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
  • Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night
  • Steve Harvey, Little Big Shots
  • Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway
  • RuPaul Charles, RuPaul’s Drag Race 

Reality Show Competition 

  • The Amazing Race
  • American Ninja Warrior
  • Dancing With the Stars
  • Project Runway
  • Top Chef
  • The Voice

The 68th Annual Emmy’s will premiere at 8pm EST/1am BST on ABC and at midnight UK time on Sunday September 18th and stay tuned because Attitude will be live tweeting and blogging during the show.Awards Season with Attitude, sponsored by