Last week nominations were announced for the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, revealing a mixed bag of diverse representation. Some groups saw upticks in representation and even a few historic firsts, while other groups—such as Latinas—came up short this year.
According to an NPR article, there were only 25 non-white nominees in the acting categories this year. Last year saw 41 non-white nominees. This year saw fewer Latino and Black nominees, though Asian nominations surged.
Among the Black nominees, two women made Emmy Awards history. Quinta Brunson, creator and star of ABC’s breakout comedy Abbott Elementary, is the first Black woman to receive three nominations in the comedy category in the same year. Overall, Abbot Elementary earned seven nominations, including best comedy series. Brunson is also the youngest Black woman to be nominated in the comedy category.
Zendaya also made history with her nominations. In 2020 she became the youngest actress to win an acting award, and now at age 25 she is the youngest two-time Emmy acting nominee for her role as Rue in HBO’s Euphoria. Additionally she is the youngest producer ever nominated for an Emmy.
Asian actors received many nominations this year and the Emmys made history nominating Netflix’s South Korean blockbuster, Squid Game, as the first ever non-English television series in the category of drama series.
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Among the Asian nominees are:
Squid Game’s Lee Jung-Jae was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Station Eleven’s Himesh Patel earned the nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.
In the categories for supporting roles Park Hae-Soo, Oh-Yeong-su, Jung Ho-yeon and Lee You-mi received nominations for Squid Game; Bowen Yang was nominated for Saturday Night Live; and Nick Mohammed received a nomination for his role on Ted Lasso.
Additionally, in the categories for reality television, Padma Lakshmi was nominated for Outstanding Host for Reality or Competition Program for Top Chef, and Queer Eye’s Tan France received a nomination as well alongside his co-hosts.
Lastly, Latino nominations came up short this year, with just two performers nominated: Oscar Isaac nominated for Lead Actor in a Limited/Anthology Series for his role in Scenes of a Marriage and Colman Domingo nominated for Guest Actor Drama for his role in Euphoria.
However, Selena Gomez made history becoming the second ever Latina to be nominated as a producer for Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building. The first Latina to be nominated as a producer was Salma Hayek for Ugly Betty in 2007.
The Emmys will take place Monday, September 12.
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