On July 14th, the Television Academy announced the nominees for the 68th Emmy Awards, which will take place on Sept. 18th at the Microsoft Theater in California, with Jimmy Kimmel taking up the hosting duties again.
While the ceremony will most certainly be far more diverse, last year had 11 people of color nominated and this year has 18, Hispanics and Latin Americans were completely shut out from any major categories.
Aziz Ansari was the first Southeast Asian nominated in the lead actor category for his series “Master of None.” Egyptian-American, Rami Malek is representing for Middle Easterns everywhere for his role as Elliot Alderson on the show “Mr. Robot.” Three gay actors, Lily Tomlin, Laura Paulson and Tituss Burgess are also nominated.
Hispanic/Latin actors that were overlooked this year were Gina Rodriguez, Oscar Isaac, and Wagner Moura who plays Pablo Escobar on the Netflix series “Narcos.”
Although the nominees were far more representative of the United States today, let’s hope that next year we can continue to get closer to representing all Americans from every background behind and in front of the camera.