Emmys 2021: Performers of color shut out of lead and supporting actor races

People on social media were quick to notice the lack of representation reflected in those taking home the statuettes for the lead and supporting actor categories.

9/20/2021 9:46:00 AM

Out of the 12 acting categories at Sunday’s Emmy Awards ceremony, not a single actor of color won a performance award, despite the record number of diverse nominees this year.

People on social media were quick to notice the lack of representation reflected in those taking home the statuettes for the lead and supporting actor categories.

ceremony, not a single actor of color won a performance award, despite the record number of diverse nominees this year.A record number of 49"non-Anglo nominees" were recognized in the acting and reality hosting categories — the ceremony’s largest number to date,

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according to Deadline.Still, the racial makeup of the shows garnering the most attention this year, including"The Crown,""Ted Lasso,""Mare of Easttown,""Hacks" and"The Queen's Gambit," were anchored by predominantly white acting ensembles.

Even Emmy host Cedric the Entertainer made a joke in passing hinting at how difficult it is for a nominee of color to win a performance award.“The good news is there are a lot of Black people nominated tonight,” Cedric the Entertainer said early in the evening. “Like my dawg Anthony Anderson … This is Anthony’s 11th nomination but tonight he’s up against Michael Douglas and Ted Lasso. So good luck, partner, but I gotta say, looks like it’s still hard out here for a pimp.” headtopics.com

While the show itself featured an array of diverse presenters, the first hour only rewarded white performers. RuPaul Charles became the first Emmy winner of color to speak on stage after winning his 11th statuette for outstanding competition program for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” — surpassing cinematographer Donald A. Morgan and making him the most decorated Black artist at the Emmys.

By contrast, atthe Creative Arts Emmys last weekend, Courtney B. Vance, Dave Chappelle and Maya Rudolph all won winning guest actor awards.On social media, many people were quick to notice the lack of representation reflected in those taking home the statuettes on Sunday.

“Black host, Black announced hell even Black music. We doing everything but win. #EmmysSoWhite,” oneTwitteruser wrote.Some on social media criticized Academy of Television Arts & Sciences voters for robbing the handful of actors, writers and artists of color who were nominated — given the increased scrutiny of representation in entertainment award shows in recent years.

To the"allies" who told me that they are losing jobs to diversity & there is too much diversity in TV PLEASE look at the winners of tonights Emmy. Who got extensive budgets & campaigns? Still so much work to do for actual equality. Glad to be on the Exec committee to make change headtopics.com

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— Gloria Calderón Kellett (@everythingloria)September 20, 2021While no person of color won an acting award on Sunday, some shows with a mostly nonwhite cast snagged a few, including Charles for “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Michaela Coel for outstanding writing in a limited series for “I May Destroy You" and “Hamilton” for outstanding variety special. Debbie Allen was also honored with the prestigious Governors Award.

Gloria Calderón Kellett, co-creator of “One Day at a Time,”urged the publicto look at the racial makeup of Sunday’s winners as a reflection of its progress, or lack thereof, in Hollywood.“To the ‘allies’ who told me that they are losing jobs to diversity & there is too much diversity in TV PLEASE look at the winners of tonights Emmy. Who got extensive budgets & campaigns? Still so much work to do for actual equality,” she tweeted.

Among the notable snubs: “Pose” star MJ Rodriguez for lead actress in a drama series,"A Black Lady Sketch Show" for best variety sketch series and “SNL” actor Bowen Yang for best supporting actor in a comedy series. Read more: NBC News »

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Liberal Hollywood elites are the most racist of all. Think about it. They don’t hang out with the average everyday person of color unless said person of color is cutting their grass or cleaning their house. Why would we think they would give them awards? Maybe other performances were better? Frankly I would not want to win based on the color of my skin. I get the racial inequality but I don’t believe this was the case here? Yes I’m white but that doesn’t mean we are all racists bigots just because we see this subject differently.

What's the process of nomination and getting votes for this award? justthefacts The one place where there should be no racism, shows they are no different from the rest of America. Emmy lip service. “Oh we can say your name for free, but if you have more active melanin in your skin, you get no awards” is the feeling I get. 😫 why is societal change so slow?

The best way to keep racism alive is this headline. This implies that the voters(who are made up of several peer groups) got together and voted for the white nominees. Or why else say it My God it’s the television industry…African Americans don’t exist there 🙄 TBH, the Emmys were hoping you all wouldn't notice.

Nominate lots of white people but none of them win - wait and see reactions. Not one white commentator will say 'maybe they weren't good enough'.

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Do people really want an award because they aren't white? People win and people lose. This is media's attempt to devalue non white wins. Like whenever any non white person wins they should question if their performance or skin tone won the award. Pathetic Not everyone can win It was an award show. Who really cares?

Yeah, we'll let you sit at the table (cause such a fuss was raised) but ya'll ain't eating. Yawn, more stirring the racial pot Maybe that's just the way the awards went this year.

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Maybe and just maybe, skin color is not what you have to value? Just performance? From now on, give every award for everything to black people..... that should solve the problem! Political!! I’ve never watched Ted Lasso, Mare of whatever or The Crown…. Isn't white a fucking color? why white people are not people of color? I don't get it

Wilson, who do you think should have won? This fix is in and always has been.

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so what! Hey quantity doesn't mean quality, all these back actors are having pitty roles because of the color of their skin, not because they are good at acting, oh one more thing, making everyone black doesn't mean diversity, black people don't represent all the other ethnic groups It’s just like the Met Gala. Tone deaf in today’s world. Time to revamp or just stop altogether.

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Come on man… we got bigger problems

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