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Pose star Mj Rodriguez makes Emmy Awards history with Best Actress nod

Pose star Mj Rodriguez makes Emmy Awards history with Best Actress nod
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Mj Rodriguez has made Emmy Awards history by becoming the first transgender star to land a Best Actress nomination.

The Pose regular will compete for the prize alongside Uzo Aduba, Emma Corrin, Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Moss, and Jurnee Smollett.

Rodriguez is the third openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy - she follows Rain Valdez, who received an Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series nod for Razor Tongue in 2020, and Laverne Cox, who became the first-ever nominated openly transgender actor for her work in Orange Is the New Black.

Phylicia Rashad was also a big talking point as the nominations were released on Tuesday - she picked up her third consecutive Emmy nomination for This Is Us amid the controversy surrounding her support of convicted The Cosby Show castmate Bill Cosby.

She was heavily criticised for celebrating Cosby's release from prison last month after he served three years behind bars for sexual assault.

Meanwhile, Disney+ juggernaut The Mandalorian will go up against The Boys, Bridgerton, The Crown, The Handmaid's Tale, Lovecraft Country, Pose, and This Is Us for the Best Drama Series prize, while Black-ish, Cobra Kai, Emily in Paris, Hacks, The Flight Attendant, The Kominsky Method, Pen15, and Ted Lasso will compete for the Best Comedy Series gong.

The 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on 19 September. Comedian Cedric the Entertainer will host.

The main list of nominations is:


Outstanding Drama Series:

The Boys


The Crown

The Handmaid's Tale

Lovecraft Country

The Mandalorian


This Is Us


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Jonathan Majors, Lovecraft Country

Josh O'Connor, The Crown

Rege-Jean Page, Bridgerton

Billy Porter, Pose

Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

Jurnee Smollett, Lovecraft Country

Uzo Aduba, In Treatment

Emma Corrin, The Crown

Olivia Colman, The Crown

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale

Mj Rodriguez, Pose


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

Michael K. Williams, Lovecraft Country

Tobias Menzies, The Crown

Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid's Tale

O-T Fagbenle, The Handmaid's Tale

John Lithgow, Perry Mason

Chris Sullivan, This Is Us

Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian

Max Minghella, The Handmaid's Tale


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

Gillian Anderson, The Crown

Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown

Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid's Tale

Ann Dowd, The Handmaid's Tale

Samira Wiley, The Handmaid's Tale

Emerald Fennell, The Crown

Aunjanue Ellis, Lovecraft Country

Madeline Brewer, The Handmaid's Tale


Outstanding Comedy Series:

Ted Lasso



The Flight Attendant

Cobra Kai

The Kominsky Method


Emily in Paris


Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series:

Aidy Bryant, Shrill

Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant

Allison Janney, Mom

Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish

Jean Smart, Hacks


Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series:

Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

William H. Macy, Shameless

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Anthony Anderson, black-ish

Kenan Thompson, Kenan


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:

Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live

Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso

Brendan Hunt, Ted Lasso

Nick Mohammed, Ted Lasso

Jeremy Swift, Ted Lasso

Bowen Yang, Saturday Night Live

Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Hacks

Paul Reiser, The Kominsky Method


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso

Hannah Einbinder, Hacks

Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live

Rosie Perez, The Flight Attendant

Juno Temple, Ted Lasso

Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live


Outstanding Limited Series:

The Queen's Gambit

Mare of Easttown


I May Destroy You

The Underground Railroad


Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie:

Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You

Cynthia Erivo, Genius: Aretha

Elizabeth Olsen, WandaVision

Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen's Gambit

Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown


Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie:

Hugh Grant, The Undoing

Paul Bettany, WandaVision

Ewan McGregor, Halston

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie:

Evan Peters, Mare of Easttown

Daveed Diggs, Hamilton

Jonathan Groff, Hamilton

Anthony Ramos, Hamilton

Paapa Essiedu, I May Destroy You

Thomas Brodie-Sangster, The Queen's Gambit


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie:

Kathryn Hahn, WandaVision

Jean Smart, Mare of Easttown

Julianne Nicholson, Mare of Easttown

Renee Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton

Moses Ingram, The Queen's Gambit

Phillipa Soo, Hamilton


Outstanding Variety Talk Series:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Jimmy Kimmel Live!



Outstanding Competition Program:

The Amazing Race

Nailed It!

RuPaul's Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice


Outstanding Television Movie:

Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square


Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia

Sylvie's Love

Uncle Frank


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