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The Emmys Are Breaking Records For Nominating People Of Color

The Emmys Are Breaking Records For Nominating People Of Color

This year’s Emmy nominations include an unprecedented number of performers, producers and writers of color — a sign that the Television Academy is starting to listen to audiences and honor artists with diverse cultural perspectives.

Race continues to be one of the most divisive issues in the U.S, but the 70th Emmy Award nominations is celebrating cultural diversity as a dominant theme, the L.A. Times reported. Minorities scored numerous nominations Thursday.

A record number of Black actors (29) were nominated, breaking the 2017 record of 17, according to Black America Web.

That means 30 out of 101 actors nominated for Emmy awards in 2018 are people of color.

Donald Glover, Issa Rae, John Legend, and more got Emmy nominations in what promises to be a big year for Netflix and Black folks, The Grio reported.

The ceremony is set to be held on Sept. 17.


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Actor, writer and director Glover’s FX series, “Atlanta,” is one that’s leading the way with 16 nominations including comedy series, lead actor, directing and writing. (Glover also got a nomination for guest-hosting “Saturday Night Live”). Also nominated: Glover co-stars Bryan Tyree Henry and Zazie Beets.

In the comedy category, ABC’s “black-ish,” stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross have been recognized for lead actor and actress.

Issa Rae, creator and star of “Insecure”, got nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Her HBO series is set to return Aug. 12.

 

Tiffany Haddish was nominated for hosting “Saturday Night Live,” where she was the first Black female comedian to take on the gig.

Here are some of the highlights:

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series: Sterling K. Brown nominated for “This Is Us” and Jeffrey Wright is nominated for “Westworld”.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series: Tracee Ellis Ross is nominated for “black-ish”. This is her third Emmy nomination for the ABC comedy series. Issa Rae is nominated for “Insecure” — her first nomination.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson is nominated for “black-ish” and Donald Glover is nominated for Atlanta. This is Anderson’s fourth nomination for “black-ish” (he’s never won) and Glover’s second for “Atlanta”.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series:, Thandie Newton is nominated for “Westworld”. She was nominated for the role last season too.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series: Brian Tyree Henry for “Atlanta” for the first time. Tituss Burgess is also nominated for “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and Kenan Thompson for “Saturday Night Live!”

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series: Zazie Beetz is nominated for the first time for “Atlanta”. Leslie Jones is nominated for “Saturday Night Live”.

Outstanding Comedy Series: “Atlanta” and “black-ish” are nominated; the second for “Atlanta”, and the third for “black-ish”. “GLOW” is also nominated.

Outstanding Drama Series: “This is Us”, “Stranger Things” and “Westworld” are nominated.

Outstanding Television Movie: “Fahrenheit 451” which starred Michael B. Jordan, is nominated.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Regina King is nominated for “Seven Seconds”.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: John Legend for “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Brandon Victor Dixon is nominated for “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Letitia Wright is nominated for “Black Mirror” and Adina Porter is nominated for “American Horror Story”.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Cicely Tyson is nominated for “How To Get Away With Murder”, Viola Davis is nominated for “Scandaland,” Samira Wiley is nominated for “The Handmaids Tale” (she was nominated in the Supporting category for the role in 2017).

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Ron Cephas Jones is nominated for “This is Us”. Kelly Jenrette of “The Handmaid’s Tale” was nominated in Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series category.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Maya Rudolph is nominated for “The Good Place”, Wanda Sykes for “black-ish” and Tiffany Haddish gets her first Emmy nomination for “Saturday Night Live!”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Katt Williams is nominated for Atlanta’s “Alligator Man” episode, Donald Glover is nominated for “Saturday Night Live!” and Sterling K. Brown is nominated for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”.

Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series: DeStorm Power is nominated for “Caught The Series”, and Melvin Jackson Jr. is nominated for “This Eddie Murphy Role Is Mine, Not Yours”.

Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series: Diarra Kilpatrick is nominated for “American Koko.”

See the full list here.

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Ryan Eggold, from left, Hayma Washington, Television Academy chairman and CEO, and Samira Wiley announce the nominees for outstanding comedy series at the 70th Primetime Emmy Nominations Announcements at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center on Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)