The 2017 Screen Actors Guild of America Award nominations announced today are filled with plenty out performers and LGBTI characters.
The acclaimed drama Moonlight continued its awards season splash by getting a nod in the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture category which is SAG’s equivalent of best picture.
Cast members Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali were nominated in supporting acting categories.
Jim Parsons got one of his two SAG nominations as part of the cast of Hidden Figures which competes against the casts of Moonlight, Captain Fanastic, Fences, and Manchester by the Sea.
The rest of the LGBTI attention is in the television categories.
Lily Tomlin, who will already be presented with SAG’s Lifetime Achievement Award on 29 January, has been nominated for lead actress in a comedy for her Netflix series Grace & Frankie.
Her co-star Jane Fonda is also nominated in the category as is Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba who plays the lesbian character of Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren.
Bisexual actress Sarah Paulson will compete in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series category for her role as Marcia Clark in American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson.
In the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series category, out actor Tituss Burgess is nominated for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
His competition includes Jeffrey Tambor who is once again nominated for his performance as transgender female Maura Pfefferman in Transparent.
The other out nominees are peppered throughout the ensemble acting categories.
They include Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) and Lea DeLaria (Orange is the New Black) for comedy ensemble and Westworld’s Evan Rachel Wood in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
Here is the full list of nominees.