August 11, 2014 at 12:34PM
We look back at the history of LGBT actors getting nominations for playing LGBT characters at the Emmys.
In this series of posts leading up to this year's Emmy Awards (going down on August 25th), we're highlighting the 13 LGBT actors who were nominated for playing LGBT characters in years past, in honor of the fact that a whopping 7 new additions to that list have been nominated this year (Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Laverne Cox, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nathan Lane, Joe Mantello and Kate McKinnon).
We're going in chronological order, with the first three posts looking John Glover and his nomination for 1985's TV movie "An Early Frost" (read that here, along with some more background on Emmy's history with LGBT nominees), and then Ian McKellen and Ellen DeGeneres, who collectively are the only two LGBT people to receive two different nominations for playing LGBT characters. Today, we look at another example -- who just so happens to be the only LGBT actor to also win an Oscar:
Nominated For: In 1998, the openly bisexual Jolie received two Emmy nominations for playing real life people, one for the suggestively straight former first lady of Alabama Cornelia Wallace in the TNT miniseries "George Wallace," and the other as troubled bisexual model Gia Marie Carangi in "Gia."
Did She Win?: She didn't win for either (losing to Ellen Barkin and Mare Winningham, respectively), despite winning Golden Globes for both.
Significance: Well, one interesting thing to note here is that Jolie became the third LBGT person to be nominated for playing an LGBT person who dies of AIDS -- of only four ever to be nominated (Ellen DeGeneres being the only exception). Beyond that, Jolie -- who was in a relationship with model-actress Jenny Shimizu just prior to making "Gia" -- became the only (and remains as such) bisexual actor nominated for playing a bisexual character (though many claim Gia Marie Carangi was actually a lesbian). Her tour-de-force performance in the HBO film really also should have won her the Emmy (its the kind of TV movie role Emmys are made for), but hey, the role gave her the exposure that led to a certain Oscar winning role two years later...
See for yourself and watch "Gia" in its entirety below (someone posted it on YouTube -- not us -- so it could likely be pulled down any day):
Check back tomorrow for the next nominee… and check out the previous posts below: