*Laverne Cox is beaming after making Emmy Awards history on Thursday by becoming the first openly transgender person to earn a nomination for her role in the Netflix series “Orange Is The New Black.”
The actress, who plays transgender prisoner Sophia Burset in the show, will compete for the title of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, while her co-stars Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Uzo Aduba and Natasha Lyonne will also be in the running for acting awards when the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards take place in Los Angeles on August 25.
“Orange Is the New Black” scored a total of 12 nominations and Cox couldn’t be more proud to be recognized for her efforts.
“I’m on cloud nine. I’m through the roof. We’re definitely part of a (cultural) moment,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter. “What a wonderful, wonderful day for ‘Orange’ and for black trans-women.
“People are obsessed (with the show). Would you ever have thought a show about a women’s prison would have this moment? It’s unbelievable.”
Cox’s groundbreaking Emmy nod comes just weeks after she became the first transgender star to land the cover of Time magazine.