#EmmysSoWhite? The 2021 Emmys failed to award any actors of color

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was there before #OscarsSoWhite. Now? #AmyssWhite.

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in spite of Diverse Slate of Nomineesfailed to win the Television Academy Any Actors of color at the 2021 Emmy Awards — and all the time the ceremony was involved with messages that felt hollow.

Commercial after commercial, award after award, speech after speech, audiences and attendees alike waited for a person of color to win an acting trophy that never came.


it was especially disappointing to see late Michael K. Williams For his role as Montrose Freeman in “Lost”lovecraft country(Voting ended several weeks before his death). The Academy could also make history by making a “Pose” star. Michaela J Rodriguez First transgender artist to win in Lead Drama category after making history with his nomination. no such luck.

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“It’s great to see that television and the stories we tell are finally becoming a reflection of every part of our society,” said TV Academy head Frank Sharma before introducing Governors Award recipient Debbie Allen. “The voices of Black, Latinx, Asian American and Indigenous creators, as well as LGBTQIA+, neurodiverse and disabled communities, are being heard for a larger audience than ever before.”

While, yes, more inclusive television series are actually making large part of the landscape, you will not be able to tell who took the gold home, given the apparent lack of support from the voters of the Academy.

The Academy strangely made the disparity more apparentby stacking list of presenters With diverse talent – ultimately further exposing the poor representation of winners.

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“These stories touch all of us as part of our shared human experience,” Sherma said. “We have only just begun this next evolution, where content is an authentic representation of who we all are as a global population.”

“Just started” is clearly an understatement.

Of course, the Emmys have been inclusive in the past — far more so than the Oscars — and one year doesn’t make for a definite trend. This is the same award show that gave us The weirdest Emmys ever in 2019, when Billy Porter took home the award for Best Actor in a Drama Series, becoming the first openly gay man to do so. and zendaya surprised by the win For Best Actress in a Drama Series for “Euphoria” in 2020.

But this year, when half the nominees for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series were women of color, and fourThe nominees out of six best lead actors in a drama series were men of color, indicating more overdue momentum for consistent representation among award winners this year. (RuPaul Charles Made history this year as the most awarded black artist in Emmys history after winning his 11th for Best Reality Competition Series).

While awards alone can’t make a difference, they do play a part in helping shape future series. And at the end of the day, the Emmy “winner” holds more clout than the Emmy “nominee.”

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The silver lining of the night was primarily women for the behind-the-scenes work. Michaela Coel won Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Film for “I May Destroy You”; Jessica Hobbs of Regal “The Crown” won Best Direction for a Drama Series; And Lucia Aniello of the hilarious “Hacks” won Best Direction for a Comedy Series. Aiello, Paul Downs and Jane Staatsky also won Best Writing for a Comedy Series for “Hacks”. (Peru time limit And DiversityThis is the first time women have won both directing categories in the same year.)

Michaela Coel accepted the award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Film for "I May Destroy You".

“Not many women have won this award,” Hobbes said during his acceptance speech. “So I feel like I stand on the shoulders of some really extraordinary people. I’m so grateful for the way I go. And I especially love paying tribute to my mom, who’s 77 years old.” Age is still directing.”

Aniello added in her speech: “We wanted to make a show that honors anyone who struggles to tell their stories, especially women who never got to tell their story because the world isn’t listening. Was.”

For now, we should all heed the stern words of Coyle, who was also up for Best Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for “I May Destroy You.” (The award went to Kate Winslet for “Mare of Easttown”.)

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She preached the importance of unplugging and defining her success.

“In a world that prompts us to browse through the lives of others to help us determine how we feel about ourselves and, in turn, feel the need to constantly look, For visibility these days somehow equates to success: don’t be afraid to disappear from him, us, for a while and see what comes to you in silence.”

Emmy accolades certainly lead to opportunities, but awards aren’t everything they once were. If you have a story, tell it either way.The audience is listening.

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