Orange is the New Black’s Laverne Cox Insists She Wasn’t Snubbed by the Emmys …

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Jeffrey Tambor, Laverne Cox honored for advocacy ahead of Emmys.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before they strut down the red carpet at the Emmys, Jeffrey Tambor and Laverne Cox were among the honorees at the first-ever Television Industry Advocacy Awards. “The opportunity to play a trans character as a trans actress has changed my life and also changed the lives of so many people who have seen me,” said Cox, the Orange is the New Black co-star who was the first transgender actress to be nominated for an Emmy last year.While some stars will be sipping mimosas and rushing around to make sure that everything is perfect for their big night, Laverne Cox’s pre-Emmy Awards routine is actually pretty normal. Tambor is up for the outstanding lead actor in a comedy series trophy at Sunday’s Emmys for his role as a patriarch who opens up to his family about his struggles with gender identity in Amazon’s Transparent. “(‘Transparent’ creator) Jill Soloway gave me the responsibility and privilege of a lifetime,” Tambor said. “I think my award should really be the Luckiest Guy in the Room Award.” Alfre Woodard was honored for her work with the Turnaround Arts initiative as part of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Find out just what , , and Danielle Brooks have on the books leading up to Sunday. “My biggest prep is to get a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast,” Cox tells Us Weekly. “I will probably have egg whites with tomato and mushrooms — and some bacon on the side.” Although she picked her dress six weeks ago, Cox, 31, is leaving her hair and makeup decisions to the last minute. “Christina Pacelli, my stylist, sent photos of me in the dress from my last fitting to Ursula Stephens, who is doing my hair, and Deja Smith, who is doing my makeup,” Cox tells Us. “We want them to be inspired based on the dress, so they’ll come with ideas the day of and we will create together.” Prepon, who enjoys a massage and a facial “to flush out toxins” before big events, will also depend on her dress for her hair-spiration. “Usually a couple of weeks before an awards show, I work with my hairstylist, Jonathan Colombini, to start bouncing ideas around for my hair,” Prepon, 35, tells Us. “His eye always catches something on the dress that speaks to him that influences my cut, length, and color.” While she gets her hair colored a few days before the carpet and Colombini is with her for a few hours before she has to make her way to the Microsoft Theater in L.A., that doesn’t mean Prepon leaves him behind. “He is in the car with me en route, and just before I get out, he squeezes in a final touch-up before sending me on my way,” she tells Us.

She was brought to tears when presented with her trophy by Ron Gubitz, principal of the ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy in New Orleans. “Arts in education makes it a complete education,” said Woodard, who has volunteered at ReNEW and other schools. “Arts in society is imperative to have a civil society.” Other honorees at Friday’s ceremony included Entourage co-star Constance Zimmer, black-ish actor Anthony Anderson, Under the Dome executive producer Neal Baer, 2 Broke Girls co-star Beth Behrs, Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria and The Shawshank Redemption actor Tim Robbins. “This is an oasis in the middle of our week, to get to come and talk about issues and social causes, and not to shine a light on ourselves,” said Pablo Schreiber, Robbins’ The Brink co-star who accepted Robbins’ award on his behalf. Monica Lewinsky was on hand to present a trophy to her friend and The Good Wife actor Alan Cumming, who was honoured for his advocacy on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. “I know what you’re all thinking,” Lewinsky jokingly told the crowd at the Sunset Tower Hotel. “What the [expletive] is Monica Lewinsky doing here?” She explained to Us Weekly how Colombini typically gets inspiration from her red carpet dress, which would then influence Prepon’s Emmy Awards look. However, one of Brook’s fashion must-haves after the awards show are a pair of comfortable shoes, to relax her feet. “My must-have is flat shoes for after the carpet,” said the star.

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