With the 2014 Emmy Awards nominations set to be announced Thursday (July 10), Zap2it is
making cases for the actors and shows that deserve some awards love,
but would be surprising — and therefore very exciting nominees.
If “Orange Is The New Black” doesn’t get several nominations in many categories at the 2014 Emmys, it will be earth-shattering. Season 1 introduced us to the amazing ladies of Litchfield Penitentiary and their struggles, all became like our own.
While actress Taylor Schilling will most likely be recognized for playing Piper Chapman, without whom Litchfield wouldn’t exist in our hearts and minds. Also most likely to get a nomination is Season 1 scene stealer and Critic’s Choice winner Uzo Aduba. However, we’d like to point out some well deserved attention should go to Laverne Cox.
2014 has been a great year for Cox, who not only found herself on the cover of Time magazine, but became the face of an entire movement. The transgender actress has been breaking boundaries both on screen and off for awhile now, but became a pop culture phenomenon with her role as Sophia Burset on “Orange Is The New Black.”
Sophia’s story touched our hearts, as it was revealed to viewers the beautiful, confident prison hairdresser was formerly a firefighter named Marcus (played by Cox’s identical twin brother M. Lamar,) who was married to a woman named Crystal and had a young son. It was the stealing of credit cards to fund gender reassignment surgery and her son’s nonacceptance that landed her at Litchfield, and Cox’s portrayal was honest and relatable.
Sophia’s journey of self love and outsider acceptance is something everyone at one time or another has struggled with and Cox put a face to that beautiful journey. The actress’ performance not only humanized an emotional experience, but showed viewers how it looks and feels to be comfortable and confident in your own skin.
That said, a nomination for Cox would not only would serve as testimony for the Netflix hit’s incredible writing and Cox’s beautiful performance, but for something much bigger happening in the hearts of Hollywood and breaking boundaries on Television.