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Emmys 2020 Queer Noms: Schitt's Creek, Drag Race, We're Here, Euphoria


Schitt's Creek, RuPaul's Drag Race, We're Here, and Euphoria all garnered Emmy nominations for this year's ceremony.

Schitt's, the feel-good LGBTQ+ comedy, which marked its series finale earlier this year, received nods for all four of its principal cast members — Eugene Levy, Dan Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Annie Murphy — in addition to Outstanding Comedy Series. When it was all said and done the show walked away with a whopping 14 noms.

The world of queer nonscripted was also represented among the nominees. This is the fifth year RuPaul was nominated for Outstanding Host for RuPaul's Drag Race; he won the category for the past four years. This year, RuPaul will be competing against Queer Eye hosts Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, and Jonathan Van Ness.

RuPaul's Drag Race was nominated for the past three years in the category of Outstanding Competition Program, in which it won twice, and is up for the win again. Untucked is also nominated for Unstructured Reality Program, where it will compete against We're Here, the HBO series featuring Drag Race alumni Shangela, Bob the Drag Queen, and Eureka O'Hara. Drag Race alum Raven, is also up for his second nomination in the Outstanding Contemporary Makeup For a Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Program (Non-Prosthetic) category.

The only nomination received for Pose was Billy Porter for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama; this continues the unfortunate trend of a cisgender actor being honored for a show that features predominantly transgender leads and their stories. A bright light, however, is Laverne Cox, who was nominated for Best Guest Actress for the final season Orange Is The New Black.

Zendaya also picked up her first Emmy nomination for Euphoria, the HBO drama about teens, several of them LGBTQ+, navigating sex, drugs, love, and friendship.

Other LGBTQ-inclusive nominees in the major categories include Killing Eve, Dead to Me, and What We Do in the Shadows. The Television Academy also recognized Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Jim Parsons (Hollywood), Jeremy Pope (Hollywood), Holland Taylor (Hollywood), Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale), and Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve).

The livestream announcement was hosted by Leslie Jones with some help from Cox, Josh Gad, and Tatiana Maslany. Cox, acknowledging Jones's role as a guest judge on Drag Race last season, referenced a joke the comedian had made on the drag reality competition, “She already done had horses.”

See the full list of nominees below.

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Issa Rae, Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Outstanding variety talk series
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Steve Carrell, The Morning Show
Brian Cox, Succession
Billy Porter, Pose
Jeremy Strong, Succession

Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series
Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Laura Linney, Ozark
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Zendaya, Euphoria

Outstanding Competition Program
The Masked Singer
Nailed It!
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding lead actor in a limited series of movie
Jeremy Irons, Watchmen
Hugh Jackman, Bad Education
Paul Mescal, Normal People
Jeremy Pope, Hollywood
Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True

Outstanding lead actress in a limited series of movie
Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
Shira Haas, Unorthodox
Regina King, Watchmen
Octavia Spencer, Self Made
Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere

Outstanding limited series
Little Fires Everywhere
Mrs. America


Outstanding comedy series
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Dead to Me
The Good Place

The Kominsky Method
Schitt's Creek
What We Do in the Shadows

Outstanding drama series
Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid's Tale
Killing Eve
The Mandalorian

Stranger Things

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
D’Arcy Carden, The Good Place
Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
Yvonne Orji, Insecure
Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series
Mahershala Ali, Ramy
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Sterling K. Brown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
William Jackson Harper, The Good Place
Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Julia Garner, Ozark
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Sarah Snook, Succession
Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series
Nicholas Braun, Succession
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Mark Duplass, The Morning Show
Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
Matthew Macfadyen, Succession
Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or a movie
Uzo Aduba, Mrs. America
Toni Collette, Unbelievable
Margo Martindale, Mrs. America
Jean Smart, Watchmen
Holland Taylor, Hollywood
Tracey Ullman, Mrs. America

Outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or a movie
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen
Jovan Adepo, Watchmen
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend
Louis Gossett Jr., Watchmen
Dylan McDermott, Hollywood
Jim Parsons, Hollywood

Television Movie
American Son (Netflix)
Bad Education (HBO)
Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings (Netflix)
El Camino (Netflix)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend (Netflix)

Variety Sketch Series
A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO)
Drunk History (Comedy Central)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Reality Host
Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness, Queer Eye
Nicole Byer, Nailed It!
Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec and Kevin O’Leary, Shark Tank
Padma Lakshmi, and Tom Colicchio, Top Chef
Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, Making It
RuPaul, Drag Race

Structured Reality Program
Antiques Roadshow (PBS)
Love Is Blind (Netflix)
Queer Eye (Netflix)
Shark Tank (ABC)
A Very Brady Renovation (HGTV)

Unstructured Reality Program
Amy Schumer Learns To Cook: Lunch Break And Pasta Night (Food Network)
Cheer (Netflix)
Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up (Netflix)
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked (VH1)
We’re Here (HBO)

Guest Actress, Comedy
Angela Bassett, A Black Lady Sketch Show
Bette Midler, The Politician
Maya Rudolph, The Good Place
Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live
Wanda Sykes, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Saturday Night Live

Guest Actor, Comedy
Brad Pitt, Saturday Night Live
Adam Driver, Saturday Night Live
Luke Kirby, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Eddie Murphy, Saturday Night Live
Dev Patel, Modern Love
Fred Willard, Modern Family

Guest Actress, Drama
Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
Laverne Cox, Orange Is The New Black
Cherry Jones, Succession
Phylicia Rashad, This Is Us
Cicely Tyson, How To Get Away With Murder
Harriet Walter, Succession

Guest Actor, Drama
Jason Bateman, The Outsider
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
James Cromwell, Succession
Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian
Andrew Scott, Black Mirror
Martin Short, The Morning Show

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