LGBTQ Nominees Will Steal the Show at the 70th Emmy Awards

Will you be tuning into the Emmy’s tonight?

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So many LGBTQ actors and inclusive shows have been nominated for Emmys this year, it’s astounding. Who will win? You’ll find out tonight when you tune into the live broadcast, which airs on NBC at 8pm Eastern (5pm Pacific). This year’s ceremony is happening at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Red carpet coverage starts at 6pm Eastern (5pm Pacific).

Nominees for acting awards this year include Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld), Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale), Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie), Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Cult), Cherry Jones (The Handmaid’s Tale), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Jane Lynch (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), and Wanda Sykes (Black-ish).

Jane Lynch is actually nominated twice! She could also grab an Emmy for hosting Hollywood Game Night along with fellow nominee Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen’s Game of Games).

Queer-inclusive shows such as drama series The Handmaid’s Tale and This Is Us are nominated in multiple categories. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story is also up for a number of awards, including Limited Series and creator/director Ryan Murphy for Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is nominated in the Comedy Series category. Project Runway and RuPaul’s Drag Race are up for the Reality Competition awards.

“This year’s nominees ensure that the 70th Annual Emmy Awards will be a watershed occasion for LGBTQ representation on television,” said Zeke Stokes, GLAAD’s Vice President of Programs, on the organization’s website. “Out actors and creators like Samira Wiley, Sarah Paulson, Lily Tomlin, and Evan Rachel Wood will shine alongside LGBTQ-inclusive scripted programming and LGBTQ-focused shows like Queer Eye and RuPaul’s Drag Race, reflecting the growing power and diversity in LGBTQ stories in Hollywood.”

If you cut the cord and/or don’t have network TV access, you can stream the ceremony live on your phone with the NBC app or through most streaming services like Hulu and Amazon Fire TV.