Laverne Cox becomes first transgender person nominated for an Emmy

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Laverne Cox has became the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy Award in an acting category.

Cox received a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Sophia Burset in the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.”

“Orange is the New Black,” a prison-set hybrid “dramedy,” could have been entered in either the drama or comedy category, and the decision to go for the latter paid off. It was also nominated for Best Comedy series, but faces ABC’s “Modern Family,” which has won in that category for the past four years. Overall, “Orange is the New Black” received 12 Emmy nominations.

Other Emmy nominations announced Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:

HBO’s “The Normal Heart,” based on the the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984, received a total of 16 Emmy nominations, including best TV movie.

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Out actor Jim Parsons was nominated for Lead Actor in a comedy series for his portrayal of Sheldon Cooper on CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory.” Parsons has been nominated in the category five times, and has won three times, including last year. “The Big Bang Theory” was also nominated for Best Comedy series.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson was nominated for Supporting Actor in a comedy series for his portrayal of Mitchell Pritchett on ABC’s “Modern Family.”

Additional LGBT Emmy contenders this year include: Matt Bomer (Supporting actor in a miniseries or a movie, “The Normal Heart”); Kate McKinnon (Supporting Actress, Comedy Series “Saturday Night Live”); Sarah Paulson (Actress, Miniseries or Movie “American Horror Story: Coven”); and Nathan Lane (Guest actor in a comedy series, “Modern Family”).

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will air Monday, Aug. 25, on NBC.

Following is a list of Emmy Award nominations in major categories

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