The Emmys are back around, and what a surprise we have! There are so many black actors and actresses nominated in this year's 2016 lineup that we can neither keep up, nor contain the excitement!
It is such a shock, in fact, that it almost seems deliberate by the Emmys creators. During the live television broadcast, Bruce Rosenblum, CEO, said: “Television dominates the entertainment conversation and is enjoying the most spectacular run in its history with breakthrough creativity, emerging platforms and dynamic new opportunities for our industry’s storytellers. From favorites like Game of Thrones, Veep, and House of Cards to nominations newcomers like black-ish, Master of None, The Americans and Mr. Robot, television has never been more impactful in its storytelling, sheer breadth of series and quality of performances by an incredibly diverse array of talented performers. The Television Academy is thrilled to once again honor the very best that television has to offer.”
According to Shadow and Act, the Emmys haven't necessarily been known for their diversity throughout the years. Last year, 13 black nominees held spots in the key categories, and only five black women (in all of its history) had been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series by the time Viola Davis historically won-- which was last year!
In all, 27 nominees were recognized across all categories last year. This year, the major categories alone belong to nearly 30+ black nominees. With that said, this year's nominees make up the most black nominees in Emmy history-- especially for major awards.
We've learned that diversity will probably spike their ratings, but it's also the perfect time to see black people praised for the amazing work that they do. I imagine it'll be a tweet-tastic night, and a lovely break from the overwhelming racially-based trauma recently.
See below for all the African-American nominees this year.
In the Outstanding Casting For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special category: “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, ” and the “Roots” miniseries reboot are both nominated.
In the Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special category: Both Anthony Hemingway and John Singleton are nominated for directing episodes of “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
In the Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special category: Chris Rock is nominated for directing “Amy Schumer: Live At The Apollo” and Kahlil Joseph and Beyoncé Knowles Carter are both nominated for directing “Lemonade.”
In the Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series category: Anthony Anderson is nominated for his performance in “black-ish.”
In the Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie category: Idris Elba is nominated for “Luther,” Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” and Cuba Gooding, Jr. as O.J. Simpson in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
In the Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series category: “black-ish” scores another nomination – Tracee Ellis Ross.
In the Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series category: Taraji P. Henson in nominated for “Empire,” and Viola Davis for “How To Get Away With Murder.”
In the Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie category: Kerry Washington as Anita Hill in “Confirmation” is nominated and Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” received a nominated as well.
In the Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series category: Andre Braugher gets a nod for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Keegan-Michael Key for “Key & Peele,” and Tituss Burgess for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
In the Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie category: Bokeem Woodbine is nominated for “Fargo,” as is Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
In the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series category: Niecy Nash is nominated for “Getting On.”
In the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie category: “American Crime” gets another nod: Regina King.
In the Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series category: Tracy Morgan is nominated for hosting “Saturday Night Live.”
In the Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series category: Both Reg E. Cathey and Mahershala Ali are nominated for “House Of Cards.”
In the Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program category: Steve Harvey is nominated for “Little Big Shots starring Steve Harvey” and RuPaul Charles for “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
In the Outstanding Comedy Series category: “black-ish” is nominated.
In the Outstanding Limited Series category: “American Crime,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” and “Roots” are all nominees.
In the Outstanding Television Movie category: “Confirmation” and “Luther” are both nominated.
In the Outstanding Variety Sketch Series category: “Key & Peele” is a nominee.
In the Outstanding Variety Special category: “Lemonade” is nominated.
In the Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special category: “What Happened, Miss Simone?” is nominated.
In the Outstanding Informational Series Or Special category: “Star Talk With Neil deGrasse Tyson” and “The Story Of God With Morgan Freeman” are both nominated.
In the Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking category: Stanley Nelson’s “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” is nominated.
Click here for the complete list of 2016's Emmy Awards nominations.