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Emmys: The Least and Most Diverse Acting Categories in Awards Show's History




In the ceremony's seven-decade history, just 10 percent of primetime acting nominees have been people of color.

This year’s 24 diverse nominations for the Primetime Emmys represented a noticeable drop from 2018, where there were 38 nominations for people of color. There were also three major categories whose nominees were all white — lead actress in a comedy, supporting actress in a drama and supporting actress in a comedy.

Since the begining , actors of colour have been only the 10% of the nominees for major acting categories (lead and supporting roles in comedy, drama and limited series) , less than 7% of the winners have been people of color.

The least diverse category is "Outstanding actress for Comedy" with less than 6% of nominess being women of color. Tracee Ellis Ross broke near a decade monopoly of white actresses in this category with her 2016 nomination for playing Rainbow Johnson on Black-ish. Prior to Ross' nomination, the last Emmy nod for a comedic actress of color went to America Ferrera (won in 2007 for Ugly Betty, nominated again in 2008).

The most diverse category at the Emmys is supporting actor in a limited series. Coming closely behind are supporting actor in a drama , supporting actress in a drama and supporting actress in a limited series.

The categories with the less wins for actors of color are lead actress in a drama and supporting actress and actor in a comedy. Each of these categories has only seen one actor of color win: Viola Davis in 2015 for How to Get Away With Murder, Jackée Harry in 1987 for 227 and Robert Guillaume in 1979 for Soap.

The categories that have seen the most winners of color are lead actor in a drama, supporting actress in a drama and supporting actress in a limited series — each with seven Emmys previously going to people of color.

Davis' historic win came with a moving speech that highlighted why actors of color are seen less on award stages:"The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there."

Since Davis' speech, the Primetime Emmys have seen a nonwhite actor nominated in most major acting categories. However as April Reign (#OscarsSoWhite creator) pointed out last year, this isn't enough:

"If you can count on one hand the number of people from a particular marginalized community that were on @TheEmmys stage last night, and still have fingers left over? You're not doing enough. Especially w/ the shows on TV today,"

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Tags: #emmys, asian celebrities, award show - emmys, black celebrities, latino celebrities, race / racism, viola davis
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