Hollywood, CA -
At least a dozen openly gay actors, presenters or directors were nominated for an Emmy Award on Thursday.
Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story: Asylum
) and John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C: Hereafter
) are competing in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie category. Sarah Paulson's portrayal of Lana Winters on FX's American Horror Story: Asylum
earned her a supporting actress nomination.
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory
) received a nomination in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category, while Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family
) was nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category. For her performance on Glee
, Jane Lynch received a supporting actress nomination.
Nathan Lane received two nominations for guest appearances on The Good Wife
(drama) and Modern Family
Competing against Lane in the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series category is Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal
In the Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program, Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance
) received a nomination. Tim Gunn (Project Runway
) shared a nomination in the category with co-host Heidi Klum.
Lily Tomlin received a nomination in the Outstanding Voice-Over Performance category for the HBO documentary An Apology to Elephants
And in the Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series category, Paris Barclay (Glee
) received a nomination.
In addition, Behind the Candelabra
, the HBO film on the life of pianist Liberace, and Wish Me Away
, the story of singer Chely Wright's coming out, received nominations.
(Related: Jerry Weintraub "thrilled" with Behind the Candelabra's 15 Emmy nominations