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Emmy Nominations See Diversity with Beyonce, Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson Among Nominees!

This year, for the second time in a row, the Oscars were criticized for the lack of nominations for people of color. Hence the hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite was berthed and the Academy of Arts & Sciences was forced to review its practices and add more actors of color to its membership.

On Thursday, the Emmy nominations were announced and the diversity was noticeable. There were 21 non-White actors nominated which included the likes of Beyonce, Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson, Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Idris Elba, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Regina King and Courtney B. Vance among others.

READ: Diversity is Finally Coming to the Academy Awards!

It was really no surprise Beyonce’s HBO special, Lemonade, received Emmy nominations like many thought it would. The visual album walked away with four nominations in total which include Outstanding Directing, Outstanding Picture Editing, Outstanding Production Design and Outstanding Variety Special.

One of the biggest shows on television, black-ish, was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series and its stars Ross and Anderson saw individual nods for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

Henson and Davis will face off in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for their roles in “Empire” and “How to Get Away With Murder” respectively.

There are three Black men nominated in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series and they are Elba, Gooding, Jr. and Vance for their work in “Luther” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” respectively.

Washington is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a TV Movie for her portrayal as Anita Hill in the HBO original movie, Confirmation. 

King also has another Emmy nomination for her role in ABC’s “American Crime” for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.

We’ll be watching the Emmys to see all our faves when they air live Monday, September 18 on ABC.



Photo Credit: NYMag.com

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.