Emmy Awards 2021: Pose’s Mj Rodriguez makes history

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We LOVE to see it. HUGE congratulations to Pose star Mj Rodriguez.


Rodriguez just just made history after becoming the first transgender nominee in a major Emmy Awards acting category, for lead actress.



The 73rd Emmy Awards nomination announcements have been made and Mj is right up there for outstanding actress in a drama series for her role as Blanca Evangelista in Pose, which itself is nominated in the Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series catagories.

Laverne Cox previously became the first transgender person ever to be nominated for an acting Emmy back in 2014 (and then several times after) for her role in Orange Is the New Black, but in the Outstanding Guest Actress category rather than as a Leading Actress. Rain Valdez also received a nomination in 2020. 



In 2019, Billy Porter made history as the first openly gay black man to be nominated for — and then win — an Emmy for his role in the show, but many fans were left upset that trans stars of the critically acclaimed hit were overlooked, despite the show’s epic success.


Porter is again nominated in 2021 (in the leading actor category) so with Mj’s nomination that makes it four Pose nominations in total for 2021.


There were a host of other LGBTQ+ names featured in the noms list too including; Emma Corrin (The Crown), Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale), RuPaul’s Drag Race, plus Dan Levy, Bowen Yang and Kate McKinnon for their guest roles on SNL.



The Emmys air on September 19 on CBC in the US. More nominations below: 



Aaaaand the nominations are…


Outstanding Drama Series

The Boys (Amazon Prime Video)

Bridgerton (Netflix)

The Crown (Netflix)

The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

Lovecraft Country (HBO

The Mandalorian (Disney Plus)

Pose (FX)

This Is Us (NBC)

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

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian

O-T Fagbenie, The Handmaid’s Tale

John Lithgow, Perry Mason

Tobias Menzies, The Crown

Max Minghella, The Handmaid’s Tale

Chris Sullivan, This Is Us

Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale

Michael K. Williams, Lovecraft Country

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Uzo Aduba, In Treatment

Olivia Coleman, The Crown

Emma Corrin, The Crown

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

MJ Rodriguez, Pose

Jurnee Smollett, Lovecraft Country

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Gillian Anderson, The Crown

Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown

Madeline Brewer, The Handmaid’s Tale

Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale

Aunjanue Ellis, Lovecraft Country

Emerald Fennell, The Crown

Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series

I May Destroy You (HBO)

Mare of Easttown (HBO

The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)

The Underground Railroad (Amazon Prime Video)

WandaVision (Disney Plus)

Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Michael Coel, I May Destroy You

Cynthia Erivo, Genius: Aretha

Elizabeth Olsen, WandaVision

Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit

Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton

Kathryn Hahn, WandaVision

Moses Ingram, The Queen’s Gambit

Julianne Nicholson, Mare Of Easttown

Jean Smart, Mare Of Easttown

Phillipa Soo, Hamilton

Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Paul Bettany, WandaVision

Hugh Grant, The Undoing

Ewan McGregor, Halston

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Thomas Brodie Sangster, The Queen’s Gambi

Daveed Diggs, Hamilton

Paapa Essiedu, I May Destroy You

Jonathan Groff, Hamilton

Evan Peters, Mare Of Easttown

Anthony Ramos, Hamilton

Outstanding Comedy Series

Black-ish (ABC)

Cobra Kai (Netflix)

Hacks (HBO)

Emily In Paris (Netflix)

The Flight Attendant (HBO)

The Kominsky Method (Netflix)

Pen15 (Hulu)

Ted Lasso (Apple Plus TV)

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Aida Bryan, Shrill

Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant

Allison Janney, Mom

Trace Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Jean Smart, Hacks

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live

Hannah Einbinder, Hacks

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Rosie Perez, The Flight Attendant

Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live

Juno Temple, Ted Lasso

Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

William H. Macy, Shameless

Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Kenan Thompson, Kenan

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Hacks

Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso

Brendan Hunt, Ted Lasso

Nick Mohammed, Ted Lasso

Paul Reiser, The Kominsky Method

Jeremy Swift, Ted Lasso

Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live

Bowen Yang, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Variety Talk Series


The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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