The Emmy nominations were announced July 16, and HBO Game of Thrones led all shows with 24 nominations. ( HBO hauled in a total of 124 nods, Variety reported; ABC was a distant second with 42. )
There was plenty of LGBT-related recognition among the noms, with Transparent and Orange Is the New Black receiving nods. Transparent received a nod for comedy series ( and will compete with Modern Family and Veep, among others ), and Jeffrey Tambor was nominated for lead actor in a comedy. Orange Is the New Black is up against six other series ( including Mad Men and House of Cards ) for drama series.
Queen Latifah was nominated for playing the late bisexual blues singer Bessie Smith in HBO's Bessie, while David Oyelowo ( Oscar-nominated for Selma ) was nominated for playing a troubled military vet with sexuality-related issues in HBO's Nightingale. In addition, Lily Tomlin was nominated for her role in Netflix's Grace and Frankie, while Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story: Freak Show also got nods for limited series and for lead actress Jessica Lange. ( "Horror" will vie for the series award with American Crime, Olive Kitteridge, An Honorable Woman and Wolf Hall. )
Also, Kevin Spacey received a nod for lead actor in a drama series for playing bisexual president Francis Underwood on House of Cards. ( Robin Wright, as Spacey's spouse on the show, also was nominated. )
Among reality-competition programs, the nominees are The Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, Top Chef and The Voice.
Entertainment Weekly's take on the most shocking snubs included Empire ( drama series ), Chicagoan Gina Rodriguez ( lead actress in a comedy series, for Jane the Virgin ), The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies and Scandal's Kerry Washington ( for lead actress in a drama series ), and out actor Jim Parsons and The Big Bang Theory.
Orange Is the New Black actress/ Emmy winner Uzo Aduba and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley announced the nominees.
The Emmy Awards will take place Sunday, Sept. 20, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, with Andy Samberg hosting. It will air at 7 p.m. CT on Fox.