The 73rd Emmy Awards took place Sunday night in Los Angeles. If this edition has honored stories of women, it does not reflect a great diversity in the awards.
It’s a question that never ceases to stir up the various ceremonies that reward films and series: and the diversity in all of this? Despite the Black Lives Matter movement that has spread to the Hollywood industry and the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite two years in a row, the Emmys have failed to reverse the trend.
Yet the 2021 Emmy nominations showed a major improvement in the recognition of the talents of people of color. But this progress was quickly followed by great disappointment when in the end all the nominees of color left empty-handed from the queen categories for actresses and actors.
Four-award nominee Michaela Coel won the Emmy for Best Screenplay for a miniseries starring the powerful I May Destroy You. At the same time, she became the first black woman to win in this category.
Pose and Michael K. Williams, great forgotten
After three seasons, the groundbreaking series Pose bid farewell this spring and won several nominations: Steven Canals, the creator of Pose nominated for the Emmy for Best Drama Series and for Best Director; Mj Rodriguez, the first trans woman named Best Actress in a Drama Series and Billy Porter, nominated for Best Actor in a Drama Series. None were honored for their contribution during the ceremony.
Michael K. Williams, who died earlier this month, was nominated as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work in Lovecraft Country. After five nominations in his long career, he has not been posthumously celebrated for his outstanding performance.
And like last year, the Emmys for Best Guest Actor and Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, as well as Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series went to black artists: Dave Chappelle, Maya Rudolph and Courtney B Vance, respectively.