Congrats, 2013 Gay Emmy Nominees!

By: Brandon Voss

Aaron Paul and out Hot I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris announced the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations this morning on, and no less than seven openly gay men were honored in the acting categories.

Having already won the Emmy twice, Jim Parsons got his fifth nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy for The Big Bang Theory. Also no big surprise is Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson scoring his fourth nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy — a category that shockingly does not include his straight onscreen partner Eric Stonestreet, a previous winner.

Meanwhile, Dan Bucatinsky is up for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama for Scandal, and Tim Gunn, credited as a host for the first time, shares an Emmy nod with Project Runway cohost Heidi Klum for Outstanding Reality Show Host.

It should be noted that Jesse Tyler Ferguson's and Dan Bucatinsky's characters are also gay — as is Tim Gunn's, for that matter.

The Outstanding Supporting Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie category includes Zachary Quinto for American Horror Story: Asylum  which nabbed 17 total nominations, the most of anyone — and John Benjamin Hickey for The Big C: hereafter.

Finally, Nathan Lane bagged two nominations this year: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama for The Good Wife and Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy for Modern Family. You go, Nathan Lane.

As for straight actors playing gay,
 both Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are nominated for Lead Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie for Behind the Candelabra, which is also up for Outstanding TV Miniseries or Movie.

Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, the Emmys will be held Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and broadcast on CBS.

See the full list of nominees here.

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