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Laverne Cox makes Emmys history as first nominated openly transgender star


Actress Laverne Cox is overjoyed after making Emmys history on Thursday by becoming the first openly transgender person to score a nomination for her role in "Orange Is the New Black."

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The star, who plays transgender prisoner Sophia Burset on the Netflix series, will compete for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, while her co-workers Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Uzo Aduba and Natasha Lyonne will also be in the running for acting accolades when the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards take place in Los Angeles on August 25.

"Orange Is the New Black" garnered a total of 12 nominations, and Cox couldn't be more proud to be recognized for her efforts. She tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I'm on cloud nine. I'm through the roof. We're definitely part of a [cultural] moment. What a wonderful, wonderful day for 'Orange' and for black trans-women. People are obsessed. Would you ever have thought a show about a women's prison would have this moment? It's unbelievable."

Cox's groundbreaking Emmy nom comes just weeks after she became the first transgender star to land the cover of Time magazine.