LGBT+ presence strong in this year’s Emmy nominations

Daniel Wren

This year’s Emmy nominations list (published today) sees a host of nominations for LGBT-friendly film and TV shows – including The Normal Heart, Orange is the New Black and Modern Family.

The Normal Heart has picked up 16 Emmy nominations this year – making it the third most nominated production of 2014, after Game of Thrones and Fargo.

The film is based upon Larry Kramer’s important play about HIV in the 80s, was adapted by Ryan Murphy (who created both Glee and American Horror Story), and was produced for TV by HBO.

Kramer was previously involved in a spat with Barbra Streisand over her alleged distaste at gay sex – which Kramer claims delayed production of the film. Nevertheless, the film went on to cause a stir for its moving portrayal of people living at the height of the 80s HIV/AIDS crisis.

The film features a veritable who’s who of current Hollywood stars, including Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Julia Roberts, Jim Parsons, Joe Mantello and Alfred Molina – who have all been nominated for their performances.

Meanwhile, writer and director Murphy receives nominations for his contributions. Murphy is sure to be celebrating that the film has been nominated for the Best Movie or Mini-Series – along with his other show, American Horror Story: Coven.

Laverne Cox, who recently made waves when she graced the cover of TIME, has been nominated for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy for her groundbreaking role in Orange is the New Black – a show which itself picked up 12 nominations.

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LGBT-friendly sitcom Modern Family received a nomination for Jessie Tyler Ferguson, who plays gay dad Mitchel, among other nominations.

The Emmy awards will be announced on 25 August.

About Daniel Wren

Vada Magazine staff writer. Interested in travel, news, politics and dating.