This year the Emmys has nominated a total of eleven black actors and actresses across all categories the most since 1977.
Last year Don Cheadle (“House of Lies”) and Kerry Washington (“Scandal”) made history by being nominated at the same time for lead acting categories and both are nominated again this year.
The Emmys like the Oscars has been criticized for lack of diversity in the past.
“It’s a testament to the storytelling that is going on out there,” Andre Braugher, who plays Captain Ray Holt on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, said this morning about the record. “If you look at what Fox is doing with diverse comedies, there’s The Mindy Project and our show. There’s a new dimension of half-hour comedies that don’t depend on stereotypes or the boxes we put people in. I play a gay police captain on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and I’m not the butt of the joke. That’s revolutionary for TV.”
Added Cheadle about the trend, “It definitely reps a widening of the storytelling and more inclusive ideology of the shared stories and experiences we all have. It’s creeping toward something, but there’s still a lack of recognition for other nationalities. It’s definitely better, but it’s not something you can pin too much on as a trend since next year could be lower.”
Here are the nominees:
- Kerry Washington picked up a nomination for “Scandal” in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category
- Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor both picked up nominations for Lead Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie (“Luther” and “Dancing on the Edge,” respectively)
- Don Cheadle picked up a nomination for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (“House of Lies”)
- Angela Bassett is nominated for Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her work in “American Horror Story: Coven”
- Andre Braugher picked up a nomination for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
- Cicely Tyson is nominated in the Lead Actress in a Mini-Series of Movie category for “The Trip to Bountiful”
- Reg E. Cathey and Joe Morton are both nominated for Guest Actor in a Drama series for “House of Cards” and “Scandal” respectively
- Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox are both nominated for Guest Actress in a Drama Series for “Orange is the New Black”
- “Luther” is nominated in the Writing for Mini-Series or Movie or Dramatic Special category.
- “Key & Peele” picked up a nomination for Writing in a Variety Series.
- “Wynton Marsalis – A YoungArts Masterclass” is nominated for Outstanding Children’s Program
- Egyptian revolution documentary “The Square,” picked up nominations for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special
- “Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley” is also nominated in the Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special category.