Mj Rodriguez and Billy Porter land major nominations at Critics’ Choice Awards

“My life is changed forever! Grateful to be alongside some wonderful women as well.”

Mj Rodriguez and Billy Porter have been recognised by the Critics’ Choice Awards for their work on Ryan Murphy’s critically-acclaimed drama, Pose; securing nominations for Best Actress and Best Actor in a Drama Series.

Mj faces tough competition from Christine Baranski (The Good Fight), Olivia Colman (The Crown), Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies), Regina King (Watchmen), Sarah Snook (Succession) and Zendaya (Euphoria).

After the announcement, Mj – who become the first trans woman to take home the trophy for Best Actress at the Imagen Awards – wrote on Twitter: “Still completely over the moon, for being nominated as LEADING ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION Series!

“My life is changed forever! Grateful to be along side some wonderful women as well.”

Porter is up against Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), Mike Colter (Evil), Paul Giamatti (Billions), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor), Tobias Menzies (The Crown) and Jeremy Strong (Succession).

The Tony-winner also received his second consecutive Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor, just months after he made history as the first openly gay black actor to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

Pose, which features the largest amount of trans actors of any scripted TV series in history, has also been nominated for Best Drama alongside The Crown, David Makes Man, Game of Thrones, The Good Fight, Succession, This Is Us and Watchmen.

Schitt’s Creek also won nods for Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Eugene Levy), Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Catherine O’Hara), Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Dan Levy) and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Annie Murphy).

Pose will return for a third season in Summer 2020 while Schitt’s Creek will debut its sixth and final season 7 January on Pop TV.

See the full list of nominations for the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards here.

Related: Billy Porter reveals his hopes for Pray Tell in Pose season 3.

Related: Pose star Indya Moore wears earrings with portraits of 2019’s murdered trans women.

Related: Billy Porter reveals why that Pose sex scene was so hard to watch back.

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