Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer in The Normal Heart

Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer in The Normal Heart

Last night’s Emmys in Los Angeles saw a number of LGBT inclusive shows and an openly gay star taking home awards.

The comedy series Modern Family, which this past season featured characters Cameron and Mitchel’s gay wedding, won the award for Outstanding Comedy Series for the fifth consecutive year.

This ties it with Frasier for the show that’s won the most outstanding comedy series Emmy awards.

The acclaimed TV movie The Normal Heart lost in 15 of its nominated categories but did score the major Outstanding Television Movie award.

The film, which explores the chaos and tragedy that unfolded during the early days of the HIV epidemic in New York City, is based on activist and playwright Larry Kramer’s acclaimed 1985 play of same name.

Director Ryan Murphy and Kramer both went on stage to accept the award. Murphy urged “young people watching to become Larry Kramers, to find a cause you believe in that you will fight for, that you will die for.”

“This is for all of the hundreds of thousands of artists who passed from HIV AIDS in 1981. Your memory and your passion burns on in us and this is for them,” he added.

Openly gay actor Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for the fourth time.


Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory

A surprised Parsons acknowledged his competitors in the category and thanked his late father in his speech. “He encouraged me to be an actor, he never discouraged me. In a career that hinges on confidence so much of the time, that was a really great gift,” Parsons said.

The win comes shortly after he and other members of The Big Bang Theory cast negotiated huge pay rises, which will see the actor being paid $1 million per episode.

Parsons was also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for The Normal Heart but failed to win in that category.

The Amazing Race won for Outstanding Reality Competition Series. The reality show has been one of the most LGBT inclusive series on US television and has often featured gay contestants; most recently the gay and deaf Luke.

Below are all the winners for the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

Best Comedy: Modern Family

Best Actress, Comedy: Julia Louis Dreyfus, Veep

Best Actor, Comedy: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Supporting Actress, Comedy: Allison Janney, Mom

Best Supporting Actor, Comedy: Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Best Comedy Writing: Louie

Best Drama: Breaking Bad

Best Actress, Drama: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Best Actor, Drama: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Best Supporting Actress, Drama: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Best Supporting Actor, Drama: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Best Writing, Drama: Breaking Bad

Best Mini-Series: Fargo

Best Television Movie: The Normal Heart

Best Actor, Mini-Series or Movie: Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow

Best Actress, Mini-Series or Movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven

Best Supporting Actress, Mini-Series or Movie: Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven

Best Supporting Actor, Mini-Series or Movie: Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow

Best Variety Show: The Colbert Report

Best Reality Show/ Competition: The Amazing Race

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