Emmy nominations announce record number of black artists

Change is here

At a time when Hollywood’s record on diversity is under scrutiny, multiple nominations went to people of colour, including Muslim American Ramy Youssef (Ramy), Kerry Washington (Little Fires Everywhere and American Son), Regina King (Watchmen) and returning Emmy champion Billy Porter (Pose). The Television Academy did not give a breakdown but Variety calculated that 35, or 34.3 per cent, of the 102 acting nominations went to Black actors, smashing the previous highest tally of 27.7 per cent in 2018. “I’m proud to see so many Black artists nominated this year. It gives me hope that systemic change in our entertainment industry is not only possible, it’s imminent,” said Jeremy Pope, reacting to his nod for playing a Black screenwriter in “Hollywood.”