The nominations for the 71st Emmy Awards were announced in Los Angeles this morning by Ken Jeong and D’Arcy Carden. HBO’s Game of Thrones led with 32, the highest number of nominations for the same show in 2019, making it the second most nominated program in the Emmy Awards’ 71 year history with a total of 161 nominations. Saturday Night Live is the only program to have received more, with a total of 270 nominations. Kate McKinnon and Bowen Yang were among this year’s SNL Emmy nominees.
Meanwhile Jonathan Van Ness’s comedy Game of Thrones recap web series Gay of Thrones, received a nomination for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series, alongside fellow nominees Billy Eichner’s Billy on the Street and The Randy Rainbow Show.
In its first year of being eligible for Emmy Awards, FX’s POSE received six nominations including Outstanding Drama Series, plus nominations for Casting, Period Costumes, Hairstyling, Makeup and Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for Billy Porter, his first Emmy nomination.
Other LGBTQ+ Emmy highlights include Laverne Cox’s nomination for her work on Orange Is The New Black as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. Four nominations went to Pop TV’s Schitt’s Creek: Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Contemporary Costumes, Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series for Eugene Levy and Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for Catherine O’Hara. Schitt’s Creek, which will end with its upcoming sixth season, has been eligible for Emmy nominations since 2015, but this is the first year that the show has received any recognition from the Television Academy.
VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race received nine nominations including Outstanding Competition Program and Outstanding Host for a Reality Program or Competition Program for RuPaul, taking the show’s total Emmy nominations to 29. Four Drag Race specials also received nominations; RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked, RuPaul’s Drag Race’s: Out Of The Closet and RuPaul’s Drag Race’s: Portrait Of A Queen. Meanwhile Ellen’s Game of Games earned Ellen DeGeneres an Outstanding Host nod.
Both Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Kristin Scott Thomas received acting nominations for their work on Fleabag, Phoebe as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Kristin as Outstanding Guest Actress.
Hugh Grant and Ben Wishaw both received their first Emmy nominations for their work in the gay themed political period drama Prime Video’s A Very English Scandal. Based on real events, the limited series also received nominations for Directing as well as a Writing nod for Russel T. Davies. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama saw nominations go to Jodie Comer for Killing Eve and Viola Davis for playing the pansexual character Annalise Keating on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder.
Netflix’s Queer Eye received six nominations including Outstanding Structured Reality Program, as well as recognition for Production Design, Casting, Cinematography, Directing and Picture Editing. Netflix’s Special created by and starring by Ryan O’Connell as a young gay man with cerebral palsy received three nominations including Outstanding Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series and Outstanding Actress.
Cherry Jones was nominated as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her work on The Handmaid’s Tale. Jane Lynch was recognised in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette was nominated as an Outstanding Variety Special and Writing for a Variety Special. Wanda Sykes: Not Normal earned nominations in the same categories.
The FOX live TV broadcast of the musical Rent earned five nominations including Outstanding Variety Special (Live) as well as recognition for Production Design, Lighting Design/Lighting, Makeup, Technical Direction, Camerawork and Video Control For A Special.
For a full list of 2019 Emmy Nominations head to the official Emmy website here.
The 71st Emmy Awards will take place at the Microsoft Theater, L.A. Live on Sunday 22nd September and will be broadcast in the US on FOX.