The Emmys Had Its Most Diverse Nominees Yet, But Failed Them Over And Over

By the end of the night, no actors of color or LGBTQ actors had won any of the major acting awards.

9/20/2021 7:41:00 AM

By the end of the night, no actors of color or LGBTQ actors had won any of the major acting awards.

By the end of the night, no actors of color or LGBTQ actors had won any of the major acting awards.

when announcing his category, only to open the envelope and reveal that Tobias Menzies had won for Netflix’s “The Crown.”It didn’t help that Emmys voters only seemed to watch the same handful of shows from the past year, despite the glut of shows on TV right now and the diverse range of nominees this year.

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Many of the shows that dominated the nighthad predominantly white casts, like “The Crown,” as well as Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” and HBO’s “Mare of Easttown.” And when given the opportunity to honor something new and groundbreaking, the Emmys often went with the familiar, such as awarding NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” its umpteenth Emmy for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, over HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show.”

Throughout the night, there was also a glaring discrepancy between the diversity of the presenters and the lack of diversity among the winners, with so many presenters of color giving awards to white winners.For instance, Sterlin Harjo, Paulina Alexis, Lane Factor, Devery Jacobs and D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai — the creator and main cast of the wonderful FX on Hulu comedy series “Reservation Dogs” — took the stage to talk about the importance of authentic and nuanced Indigenous representation on-screen. (“Reservation Dogs” will be eligible for Emmys next year — take note, voters!)

CBS Photo Archive via Getty ImagesThe cast of"Reservation Dogs" appears at the 73rd Emmy Awards on Sept. 19.They segued into presenting the award for Outstanding Directing in a Limited Series. The Emmy went to Scott Frank, director of Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit,” in a category in which Coel’s directing on “I May Destroy You” and Barry Jenkins, director of “The Underground Railroad,” were

right there.(“The Queen’s Gambit,” like many of the shows that won on Sunday night, also had a predominantly white cast, and one of its few characters of color was.)There were occasional markers of progress: The directing awards for both comedy and drama series went to women (Lucia Aniello for “Hacks” and Jessica Hobbs for “The Crown”). But even that was yet another reminder of the glacial pace of change in Hollywood; that women winning awards for directing still constitutes a rare and significant moment.

For years, TV viewers have become more diverse, demanding that the stories they see on-screen better reflect themselves. TV creators and artists from underrepresented communities have been advocating to get the few opportunities to tell those stories. Awards like the Emmys reflect the pinnacle of success, and the exposure that comes from awards can open up more doors for more people to tell their stories.

In a year when many institutions in Hollywood made promises to “do better” on diversity, it’s clear that so many of those promises remain unfulfilled. Read more: HuffPostWomen »

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