“Emmys So White”: actors of color have all lost

Michaela Coel and I May Destroy You
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Despite historical representation in nominations, diversity is surprisingly absent from the charts. To the point of causing a small controversy across the Atlantic.

Last year, four actors of color walked away with a major trophy: Zendaya (for Euphoria), Regina King and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (for Watchmen) and Uzo Aduba (for Miss america) had offered a step forward for the Emmy Awards. This year is a step backwards. Diversity was represented as never before in the nominations for this 73rd edition, notably with the presence of Mj Rodriguez (Pose), who made history as the first transgender woman nominated for Best Actress.

But the prize list unveiled last night leaves absolutely no room for actors from diverse backgrounds. All major acting trophies have been awarded to white actors / actresses, against strong contenders like Billy Porter (for Pose), or the late Michael K. Williams (Lovecraft Country). All left empty-handed, causing some controversy across the Atlantic. The hashtag #EmmysSoWhite quickly began to flourish on the networks (echoing the #OscarsSoWhite of 2015) to denounce the lack of representativeness of minorities within the ranking.

We must nevertheless welcome some notable progress, such as the victory of Michaela coel, nominated for four Emmy Awards, and which ultimately won the award for Best Screenplay for a Limited Series, for I May Destroy You. She is the first black woman to win this category.

Another significant advance, two women won the award for Best Director for the two main categories: drama and comedy. This is Jessica Hobbs (for The Crown) and Lucia Aniello for Hacks. A historic first.

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