Alex Newell has a moment.

It’s been a decade since audiences first became acquainted with the powerhouse performer when he starred on the first season of Oxygens The Glee Project looking for a coveted guest-starring bow for Fox hit Glee. He didn’t win but was so impressive that he got the role of Wade “Unique” Adams anyway and eventually became a regular.

Since then, Alex has had a formidable career that has taken him to the recording studio with an EP and a handful of standalone singles on Broadway, with a role in the 2017 revival of Once on This Island and Back to TV, where he’s currently in Second Starring season of NBC’s charming musical drama Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.

In fact, it is Alex’s work as Mo, a genderfluid DJ and the title character’s neighbor, that just earned him the title of Best Supporting Actor in a comedy series nomination at the 2021 Critics’ Choice Television Awards, March 7th occur. “Dye me dead”, wrote Alex on Instagram after he had learned of her nomination, “shocked … and really honored to be thought and nominated at all !!!!”