It was Neil Patrick Harris to the rescue this morning, when House of Cards actress Kate Mara was a no-show to host the announcement of the 2013 Emmy nominees. Neil joined fellow-actor Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad as a last minute substitute, when Mara’s plane was grounded in Sante Fe where she was taping. Neil is scheduled to host the Emmy Awards broadcast this September, and is himself in the running for an Emmy as producer and host of last year’s Tony Awards Show.
Neil opened the show with his trademark wry humor, joking, “Special thanks to Kate Mara for getting me out of the house before my children wake up screaming and crying, I actually appreciate that.”
Among this year’s nominees are several of special interest to the gay community. Behind The Candelabra, the biopic about the life of Liberace, garnered 15 nominations, including Best Picture. Both Michael Douglas who played Liberace, and Matt Damon who played his lover Scott Thorson, will compete against one another for the Best Actor award – two straight actors, playing gay. Jane Lynch is once again nominated for her role in Glee, and Modern Family is back to defend its Best Comedy Emmy of last season. Modern Family’s gay actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson is up for Best Supporting Actor, but straight actor Eric Stonestreet, who plays Jesse’s partner on the show, was not among this years nominees.
Also announced this morning was a first-time Emmy nomination for distinguished gay character actor John Benjamin Hickey, for his portrayal of Sean Tolke, brother of the cancer-stricken Cathy, in Showtime’s The Big C. Though his name might not be immediately familiar, you might remember him from the acceptance speech he gave upon winning a 2011 Tony Award for his role in The Normal Heart. At the end of his speech, John surprised the audience and thrilled the LGBT community by acknowledging his partner saying “thank you to my wise, my wonderful, my exceedingly patient Jeffrey Richman, my partner.” Jeffrey, who is a producer for Modern Family, already has a Best Writing Emmy of his own, for an episode of Modern Family.
Presentation of the 2013 Emmy Awards, with Neil Patrick Harris as host, is scheduled for September 22, on CBS.
John’s photo is from Playbill
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