The Crown and Ted Lasso won acting awards at this year’s Emmys.
Despite the effort, one of the strongest, the ceremony caused controversy on Sunday of 2021 .
Favorite nominees like the late Michael K. Williams and Billy Porter lost to The Crown actors Tobias Menzies and Josh O’Connor, respectively. Kenan Thompson and Bowen Yang lost to Ted Lasso’s Jason Sudeikis and Brett Goldstein.
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As a result, the hashtag #EmmysSoWhite began to be trending on Twitter.
the Emmys are like that tv show you are still watching * just in case * she finally does something different
But every year it proves you wrong and does the same old thing again. and again. and again. #EmmysSoWhite
– Ashley Lee (@cashleelee) September 20, 2021
Many emphasized that despite the fact that black artists made up a significant number of announcers, presenters and musical performers, none of the nominated actors won in their category.
“Black presenter, black announcer, damn black music,” tweeted Emmy-award-winning sound engineer Alexandria Perryman. “We do everything, but we win.”
Others noted that while they made up a significant percentage of the nominees, no colored actor took home a major award. Although Michaela Coel lost a number of other awards, including an acting award – which went to Mare of Easttown’s Kate Winslet – Michaela Coel won Best Limited Series / TV Film Writing for her work on I May Destroy You.
A similar Twitter trend #OscarsSoWhite led to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciencesmust meet to qualify for the Best Picture Award. The standards, which will go into effect for the 96th Academy Awards in 2024, require films to achieve diversity in a number of categories, including on-screen performance, creative leadership, and audience development.
“We believe these inclusion standards will be a catalyst for long-lasting, profound changes in our industry,” said Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.
It remains to be seen whether this online trend could generate a similar response at future Emmy awards. The Emmys did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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