Mj Rodriguez and “Pose” Score Historic 2021 Emmy Nominations

Tens, tens, tens across the board!

The category is… Emmys realness!

The Television Academy finally said tens, tens, tens across the board on Tuesday (July 13) when it announced the nominees for the 73rd annual Emmy Awards. Several LGBTQ actors and series made history — including Michaela Jaé, a.k.a. Mj Rodriguez, who was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Blanca on FX’s Pose. She is the first openly transgender actress to ever be up for an Emmy in that category.

Series co-creator Steven Canals scored nods for Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Writing for the Pose series finale, which aired in June. Out actor Billy Porter was also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his depiction of Pray Tell on the show. (This is his third nomination in a row after previously winning the award in 2019.)

In addition to Pose, the Television Academy also showed love for Saturday Night Live featured player Bowen Yang, who scored his first nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. RuPaul’s Drag Race received 11 nominations, including Outstanding Reality Competition Series, with RuPaul getting another nod for Outstanding Host. Netflix’s Queer Eye received six nominations, and Randy Rainbow scored one for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series.

Legendary, HBO Max’s ballroom competition series received two nods: Outstanding Contemporary Hairstyling for a Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Program, and Outstanding Contemporary Makeup For A Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Program (Non-Prosthetic). Uncle Frank, Alan Ball’s sophomore feature about a gay literature professor played by Paul Bettany, also received a nomination for Outstanding Television Movie.

Other queer actors who received nominations include Hannah Einbinder and Carl Clemons-Hopkins for their roles on Hacks, as well as SNL cast member Kate McKinnon and SNL guest star Dan Levy.

All in all, The Crown and The Mandalorian led the pack with 24 nominations each, followed by WandaVision with 23.

For a complete list of nominees, head on over to the Television Academy’s website. Watch the 73rd annual Primetime Emmys Sunday, September 19 on CBS and Paramount+, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer.

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