Emmys made history with black actor wins


A record number of black actors have landed acting trophies for the 72nd Primetime Emmys, with seven statues in the house. This broke the record of six set two years ago.

Among the winners were Regina King, who won an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie for her role “Watchmen”; his co-star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, whose outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or film scored his first Emmy victory; Uzo Aduba, who won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Film; and Zendaya also accepted the statue for Best Actress in a Drama Series.

On Saturday, Maya Rudolph, Eddie Murphy, and Ron Cephas Jones drove home guests with Emmys.

Another black actor, Laurence Fishburne, also won a short-form actor statue for #FreeRayshawn.Their victories in these smaller categories, as well as RuPaul winning his fifth Outstanding Host Trophy for a reality or competition program, as well as Reginald Hudlin as the awards show’s first black producer, have marked the Emmys. 2020 as one of the most diverse in its history.

In a year that saw protests and racial reckoning in this country, 33% of nominees in Emmy actor categories were black, up from 14% in the previous five years.

With his triumph, King scored his fourth acting Emmy and tied the record with Alfre Woodard for the most won by a black artist. The couple recently worked together for a virtual tabletop reading that recast an episode of “The Golden Girls” with black performers.

Zendaya, 24, became the youngest to win the title of Outstanding Leading Actress in Drama for her role as a troubled teenager in “Euphoria”, breaking the record set by Jodie Comer who won last year for ” Killing Eve ”at the age of 26.


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