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Emmys 2016: ‘American Crime Story’,’Transparent’ earn noms

‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Mr. Robot’ also recognized



(Screenshot via YouTube)

(Screenshot via YouTube)

The 2016 Emmy nominations were announced for the 68th Annual Emmy Awards by “black-ish” star Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham, star of the Netflix series “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” at the Wolf Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday.

“Transparent” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” landed nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series. Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light and Gabby Hoffman received acting nominations for “Transparent.” Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess also earned nominations for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Lily Tomlin also received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for “Grace and Frankie.”

Ryan Murphy’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” earned a nomination for Outstanding Limited Series. Sarah Paulson earned nominations for “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” and “American Horror Story: Hotel.”

In reality television, RuPaul received a nomination for Outstanding Reality Host for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Gaycation with Ellen Page” earned a place for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program.

“Game of Thrones” led the pack with 23 nominations for its sixth season.

Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting the ceremony which airs on Sunday, Sept. 18 on ABC.

“I am excited to be hosting the Emmys again,” Kimmel said in a statement. “I have a feeling I’m going to be great.”

For a complete list of nominees, visit here. 

Outstanding Drama Series

“Better Call Saul”

“Downton Abbey”

“Game of Thrones”


“House of Cards”

“Mr. Robot”

“The Americans”

Outstanding Comedy Series


“Master of None”

“Modern Family”

“Silicon Valley”


“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Kyle Chandler – “Bloodline”

Rami Malek – “Mr. Robot”

Bob Odenkirk – “Better Call Saul”

Matthew Rhys – “The Americans”

Liev Schreiber – “Ray Donovan”

Kevin Spacey- “House of Cards”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Danes – “Homeland”

Viola Davis – “How to Get Away With Murder”

Taraji P. Henson – “Empire”

Tatiana Maslany- “Orphan Black”

Keri Russell – “The Americans”

Robin Wright – “House of Cards”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson – “black-ish”

Aziz Ansari – “Master of None”

Will Forte – “The Last Man on Earth”

William H. Macy – “Shameless”

Thomas Middleditch – “Silicon Valley”

Jeffrey Tambor – “Transparent”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Ellie Kemper – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”

Laurie Metcalfe – “Getting On”

Tracee Ellis Ross – “black-ish”

Amy Schumer – “Inside Amy Schumer”

Lily Tomlin – “Grace and Frankie”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Louis Anderson – “Baskets”

Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Ty Burrell – “Modern Family”

Tituss Burgess – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Tony Hale – “Veep”

Keegan-Michael Key – “Key and Peele”

Matt Walsh – “Veep”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Anna Chlumsky – “Veep”

Gaby Hoffman – “Transparent”

Allison Janney – “Mom”

Judith Light – “Transparent”

Kate McKinnon – “Saturday Night Live”

Niecy Nash – “Getting On”

Outstanding Limited Series

“American Crime”



“The Night Manager”

“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie

Bryan Cranston – “All the Way”

Benedict Cumberbatch – “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride”

Idris Elba – “Luther”

Cuba Gooding, Jr. – “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

Tom Hiddleston – “The Night Manager”

Courtney B. Vance – “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie

Kirsten Dunst – “Fargo”

Felicity Huffman – “American Crime”

Audra McDonald – “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”

Sarah Paulson – “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

Lili Taylor – “American Crime”

Kerry Washington – “Confirmation”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie

Sterling K. Brown – “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

Hugh Laurie – “The Night Manager”

Jesse Plemons – “Fargo”

David Schwimmer – “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

John Travolta – “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

Bokeem Woodbine – “Fargo”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie

Kathy Bates – “American Horror Story: Hotel”

Olivia Colman – “The Night Manager”

Regina King – “American Crime”

Melissa Leo – “All the Way”

Sarah Paulson – “American Horror Story: Hotel”

Jean Smart – “Fargo”

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

“Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”

“Real Time With Bill Maher”

“The Late Late Show With James Corden”

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Outstanding Reality Host

Tom Bergeron – “Dancing With the Stars”

Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum – “Project Runway”

Steve Harvey – “Little Big Shots Starring Steve Harvey”

Jane Lynch – “Hollywood Game Night”

RuPaul – “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

Ryan Seacrest – “American Idol”

Outstanding Reality Competition Series

“American Ninja Warrior”

“Dancing With the Stars”

“Project Runway”

“Top Chef”

“The Amazing Race”

“The Voice”

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

“Born This Way”

“Deadliest Catch”

“Gaycation with Ellen Page”


“Project Greenlight”

“United Shades of America”





PHOTOS: Miss Gay D.C.

Courtney Kelly crowned winner of annual drag competition



Courtney Kelly is crowned Miss Gay D.C. 2023 at The Lodge on Saturday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The 2023 Miss Gay D.C. competition was held at The Lodge in Boonsboro, Md. on Saturday, Dec. 2. Six contestants vied for the crown, and Courtney Kelly was crowned the winner.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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More queer books we love

Bellies: A Novel, Time Out and more for your gift list



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For the person on your gift list who’d love a boy-meets-boy story, wrap up “Bellies: A Novel” by Nicola Dinan (Hanover Square Press), the tale of a playwright and the man who loves him wholly, until a transition threatens to change everything.

If there’s a romantic on your list, then you’re in luck: finding a gift is easy when you wrap up “10 Things That never Happened” by Alexis Hall (Sourcebooks), the story of Sam, whose job is OK, and his boss, Jonathan, who should have never hired Sam. Too late now, except for the romance. Wrap it up with “Time Out” by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner with Carlyn Greenwald (Simon & Schuster), the story of a basketball player who’s newly out of the closet, and a politically minded boy who could easily get his vote.

For the person on your list who likes to read quick, short articles, wrap up “Inverse Cowgirl: A Memoir” by Alicia Roth Weigel (HarperOne). It’s a collection of essays on life as an intersex person, and the necessity for advocating for others who are, too.

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Our favorite books for holiday gifts

Hitchcock, Britney, Barbra, and more!



(Book cover image courtesy of G.P. Putnam's Sons)

When it gets dark early, it’s cold outside and you want to spice up your life, what’s more intriguing than a book? Here are some holiday gift ideas for book lovers of all ages.

Who isn’t fascinated by the dark, twisty, sometimes, mordantly witty, movies of Alfred Hitchcock, or by Grace Kelly, Tippi Hedren, Ingrid Bergman and the other actresses in his films? Hitchcock’s Blondes: The Unforgettable Women Behind the Legendary Director’s Dark Obsession by Laurence Leamer, author of “Capote’s Women,” is an engrossing story not only of Hitchcock, but of the iconic “blondes” he cast in some of his most beloved movies from “39 Steps” to “Rear Window” to “Vertigo” to “Psycho.” $29. G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

Reading about Hitchcock, no matter how intriguing the book, is never as good as watching his films. Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection (Blu-ray $39.96. DVD: $32.40) features “Rear Window,” “North by Northwest,” “Psycho” and “The Birds.”

Corona/Crown,” by D.C.-based queer poet Kim Roberts in collaboration with photographer Robert Revere, is a fab present for lovers of photography, museums, and poetry. Revere and Roberts were deeply affected by the closure of museums during the COVID pandemic. In this lovely chapbook, they create a new “museum” of their own. “This is what I learned when the pandemic struck,” Roberts writes, “when I couldn’t stop thinking about the artwork in all the museums, bereft of human eyes.” $21.25 WordTech Editions

Few things are as scary and/or captivating as a good ghost story. The Night Side of the River,” by acclaimed lesbian writer Jeanette Winterson, author of “Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?” and “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit,” is a provocative and engrossing collection of ghost stories. These deliciously chilling stories feature spirits, avatars, a haunted estate, AI and, pun intended, lively meetings between the living and the dead. $27. Grove.

Blackouts,” a novel by queer writer Justin Torres that received this year’s National Book Award for fiction, is a breathtaking book about storytelling, queer history, love, art, and erasure. A perfect gift for aficionados of characters that become etched into your DNA. $30. Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

The Woman in Me,” the memoir by Britney Spears will be devoured by queers of all ages – from tweens to elders. Much of Spears’s story is known – from her youth in Louisiana to her rapid rise to fame to her conservatorship (when her father controlled her life). Yet the devil, as the saying goes, is in the details. In this riveting memoir, Spears reveals the horrifying and exhilarating aspects of her life: from how her father controlled what she ate and when she took a bath to the restrictions put on her ability to see her sons to her love of singing, dancing, and creating music. Spears writes of the queer community’s “unconditional” love and support for her.  $32.99. Gallery.

Few memoirs have been more eagerly anticipated than Barbra Streisand’s My Name Is Barbra.” In its nearly 1,000 pages, EGOT-winning (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony), divine, queer icon Streisand, 81, tells seemingly everything about her life. She quarreled with Larry Kramer over filming “The Normal Heart.” It didn’t work out: Streisand thought mainstream audiences would be turned off by explicit sex scenes. Marlon Brando and Streisand were good friends, she loves Brazilian coffee ice cream and her mother was a horror show. Contrary to how some lesser mortals see her, she doesn’t see herself as a diva. The print version of “My Name is Barbra” is fab. The audio version, a 48-hour listen, which Streisand narrates, is even better. $47. Viking. $45 on Audible.

Chasing Rembrandt,” by Richard Stevenson is a terrific gift for mystery lovers. Richard Stevenson was the pseudonym for Richard Lipez, the out queer author, who wrote witty, engaging mysteries featuring the openly gay detective Donald Strachey. Sadly, Stevenson died in 2022. But, “Chasing Rembrandt,” a novel featuring Strachey and his romantic partner Timmy, was published this year. The idea for the story was sparked by a real-life incident when paintings were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. “Robbers wreak havoc, smashing the glass covers protecting masterpieces and slicing paintings out of their frames,” Stevenson writes at the beginning of this entertaining story, “They make off with thirteen works, including three Rembrandts and a Vermeer, worth more than half a billion dollars and beloved in the world of art. It is arguably the greatest property theft in human history.”

With the repartee of Nick and Nora and the grit of Philip Marlowe, Strachey works to solve this mystery. $16.95. ReQueered Tales.

Some books never get old. “The Wild Things,” the beloved children’s picture book written and illustrated by acclaimed gay writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, was published in 1963. Sixty years later, the Caldecott Medal-winning classic is still loved by three to five-year-olds, their parents, siblings, aunts, and uncles. A new digital audio version of “Where the Wild Things Are,” narrated by Michelle Obama, was released this fall. Who can resist the Wild Things, when they plead: “Oh, please don’t go–we’ll eat you up–We love you so!”? Widely available in hard cover, paperback and e-book format. Audio: $5.50.

What’s more fun than playing a festive album while you’re reading during the holidays? Deck the halls! This year, queer icon Cher has released “Christmas,” her first holiday album. Highlights of the album include: Cher singing with Cyndi Lauper on “Put A Little Holiday In Your Heart,” Stevie Wonder on “What Christmas Means to Me” and Darlene Love on “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” and the rapper Tyga on “Drop Top Sleigh Ride.” The perfect gift for Cher aficionados.

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