If the Academy Awards are dubbed the gay Super Bowl, the Emmy Awards must be considered at least the gay World Series. This year is no exception with queer-beloved series such as Feud: Bette and Joan, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Saturday Night Live and Stranger Things nabbing multiple nominations for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards which will be handed out Sunday, September 17 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
In unsurprising news, the president is going to be more furious than usual since voters nominated two Saturday Night Live performers who’ve gotten under his skin this year: Alec Baldwin, up for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy for his turn as a potty-mouthed 45, and Melissa McCarthy as Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her work as unhinged White House spokesperson Sean Spicer. Kate McKinnon, who sometimes portrayed the popular vote winner Hillary Clinton, is also a nominee for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for “Saturday Night Live.”SNL picked up 22 nominations overall, tying HBO’s provocative sci-fi series Westworld with the most received this year.
Other series that scores big include FX’s Feud, which detailed the strained relationship between gay icons Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, with 18 nominations, which tied with Netflix’s creepy ’80s throwback Stranger Things. HBO’s diva-powered drama Big Little Lies followed with 16 nods, including one each for Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon who are both in contention for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Category.
Drag Race scored eight nominations including Outstanding Reality Competition and Reality Competition Host for RuPaul, the category in which he was victorious last year. The Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program category has two LGBTQ-themed nominees, Gaycation with Ellen Page and Untucked.
Other fun facts for LGBTQ TV fans include:
• There could potentially be a Nine to Five reunion on the broadcast as the three stars Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin scored nominations. Fonda and Tomlin will compete as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, while Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love biopic is in the running for Outstanding Television Movie.
• Carrie Fisher posthumously received a nomination (her third) for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy for the Amazon series Catastrophe.
• Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Halftime Show garnered six nominations, including Outstanding Special Class Program.
• Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, who portrayed dueling actresses in Feud, will now put up their dukes in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Category. Fans can imagine the unlikely scenario of Lange calling on all the other nominees to accept the award on their behalf as Crawford did in 1963.
• Master of None, a Netflix comedy about a straight actor in New York, received three nominations for the standout episode titled “Thanksgiving,” including one for Angela Bassett, who effortlessly navigated the challenging role as the mother of a young lesbian, as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
For the complete list of nominees, go here.