#EmmysSoWhite: Backlash as All 12 Acting Awards Go to White Actors

#EmmysSoWhite: Backlash as All 12 Acting Awards Go to White Actors
Despite boasting its most diverse nomination field in history, the 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards fell into a familar pattern on Sunday night as all the major acting trophies went to white actors. A record 49 people of color were nominated across the acting and reality competition categories, yet not one of them received an award in a major acting category. This included top contenders such as Billy Porter and Mj Rodriguez (Pose), the late Michael K. Williams (Lovecraft Country), and Kenan Thompson and Bowen Yang (Saturday Night Live). Instead, the ceremony was dominated by The Crown, Ted Lasso, and Mare of Easttown, shows with predominantly all-white casts and creative teams. Netflix’s The Crown swept up with its stars Gillian Anderson, Tobias Menzies, Josh O’Connor, and Olivia Colman, all taking home trophies. Meanwhile, Kate Winslet, Evan Peters, and Julianne Nicholson all won big for HBO drama Mare of Easttown. And Jean Smart
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