Emmys 2018: Diversity issue not "solved" with only two wins for people of color
The 70th Emmy Awards claimed they "solved" the racial disparity in the entertainment industry but an hour into the award show and only the white actors and directors had won.
When the 70th Primetime Emmy Award kicked off, there was enough assurance that this would be the most diversified Emmy Awards in history.
The opening number decided to poke fun at how little diversity there is in Hollywood with a skit by the 'Saturday Night Live' stars Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson. Acknowledging the supposed "most diverse nominees" ever this year, they sang about "solving" racism, joined by Titus Burgess, Kristen Bell, Sterling K. Brown, Ricky Martin, RuPaul and Andy Samberg, without Asian in the mix.
But one hour into the Emmys, the Television Academy gave at least eight Emmys in a row to white people, namely:
Important to mention Sandra Oh, who became the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated for outstanding actress in a drama, and would've been the first to take home the award if she'd win, did not bag the historic win. Sandra plays a spy on the BBC America drama 'Killing Eve,' and had previously been nominated five times in the supporting actress category for her role on ABC’s 'Grey’s Anatomy.'
It was only Regina King, who broke the streak by winning "Outstanding lead actress in a limited series or TV movie." King received a nomination in the lead actress in a limited series or movie category for her role in the now-canceled Netflix drama, 'Seven Seconds.'
In the comedy categories, Donald Glover, who won an Emmy award last year was nominated again, but this time the "cultural diverse" award show wasn't necessarily about racial diversity. “Atlanta,” “black-ish,” “This Is Us” and “Westworld” were among the series receiving big nods for throwing a spotlight on minorities in major creative and acting roles, and they hardly won, except for Thandie Newton, who won her first Emmy award for outstanding supporting actress.
Despite ample nominations, only two people of color won the award. So does this actually mean Emmys have "solved" the representation of cultural diversity in the entertainment industry? We look to a better Emmys next year!
The #Emmy academy chairman `asking the room to applaud the diversity of the nominees and TV industry is everything the opening number was making fun of. Sigh.— Eric Deggans at NPR (@Deggans) September 18, 2018