Nominations for the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards include out actors Jim Parsons and Sarah Paulson.

Parsons was nominated for his work on the CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory in the Best Performance by an Actor in Television Series – Comedy or Musical category. He'll compete against Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Louis C.K. (Louie) and Matt LeBlanc (Episodes).

Paulson is nominated for her work on the HBO show Game Change in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television category. Also nominated is Archie Panjabi, who plays bisexual Kalinda Sharma on the CBS drama The Good Wife. They will compete against Hayden Panettiere (Nashville), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey) and Sofia Vergara (Modern Family).

Eric Stonestreet received a best supporting actor nomination for his role as gay dad Cameron Tucker on the ABC comedy Modern Family. Also nominated in the category are Max Greenfield (New Girl), Ed Harris (Game Change), Danny Huston (Magic City) and Mandy Patinkin (Homeland).

Four out of the five shows nominated in the Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical category include LGBT characters: Episodes, Girls, Modern Family and Smash. Also nominated is The Big Bang Theory.

Winners will be announced on January 13.