Laverne Cox makes history as first trans actress to be nominated for Emmy Award

The Orange is the New Black star picked up a surprise nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, for her role as inmate Sophia Burset on the show.

The Primetime Emmy Award ceremony will be held on 25 August 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, California and will be hosted by Seth Myers. A trans actress has still never been nominated for an Oscar, though Jared Leto won an award for his criticized portrayal of a trans woman in Dallas Buyers Club.