In an Emmys First, Performers of Color Comprise at Least Half of Drama Lead Categories

It’s about damn time! ~ V

As awards bodies continue to diversify their selections and there are fewer first-time breakthroughs to achieve, it becomes increasingly instructive to look at racial and ethnic diversity by percentage – not to mention more efficient, as nominees of color in each awards class nowadays routinely number in the double-digits.

Overall, performers of color comprise 44 percent of the acting nominations for the 73rd Emmy Awards (leaving white actors with the remaining 56 percent, or 54 of the 96 total acting nods). Black actors (36), including Afro-Latinas Mj Rodriguez (Pose) and Rosie Perez (The Flight Attendant), represent 37.5 percent, up from 35 nods (34.3 percent) in 2020 as part of a gradual but steady increase over the last few years.

Rodriguez and Perez join Hamilton duo Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anthony Ramos as the four Latino actors nominated for Emmys this year, matching the number of nominees of Asian descent (Ted Lasso‘s Nick Mohammed, Saturday Night Live‘s Bowen Yang, The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Max Minghella and Hamilton‘s Phillipa Soo). Last year saw four actors nominated who were neither white nor Black.

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