LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - From “Insecure”s 20-something women to the Muslim-American star of “Ramy,” Sunday’s Emmy line-up is an unprecedented showcase for people of color.
But the television industry needs to take concrete action on pledges to nurture non-white writers and directors to ensure that the 2020 awards ceremony is not just a blip triggered by a summer of protests over systemic racism in the United States, observers say.
“I’m sure the last thing the Television Academy wanted was to have an ‘Emmys so white’ controversy in the middle of all that,” said Eric Deggans, TV critic for National Public Radio. “So I’m not surprised they paid special attention to the work of Black performers,” said Deggans, author of the 2012 book “Race Baiter.”
Record Emmy nominations for people of color included nods for Kerry Washington (“Little Fires Everywhere” and “American Son”), Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”), Billy Porter (“Pose”), Regina King (“Watchmen”), Issa Rae (“Insecure”) and Sterling K. Brown (“This is Us” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”).
“Watchmen,” the superhero alternative reality drama infused with racial themes, led nominations with 26 nods.