Emmy: Latinx nominees rise while Asians Struggle

(Anya Taylor-Joy, Giancarlo Esposito, Alexis Bledel)

In 2020, Alexis Bledel was the sole Latinx acting nominee. She is of Mexican, Argentinian heritage. Now, at least seven Latinx actors scored nominations for the 2021 Emmys yesterday.

Mj Rodriguez landed an Outstanding Lead Actress nod for her work in Pose. She is also the first transgender woman to be nominated in the category.

Rosie Perez received a supporting actress nod for her work on The Flight Attendant, while Giancarlo Esposito got a supporting actor nod for playing Moff Gideon in The Mandalorian on Disney+.

Anya Taylor-Joy and Lin-Manuel Miranda also scored lead acting nominations for their work in limited or anthology series or movies; Taylor-Joy for The Queen’s Gambit and Miranda for Hamilton.

Miranda’s Hamilton castmate Anthony Ramos was also recognized for his role in the movie musical. Bledel once again was nominated for “The Handmaid’s Tale, which received 21 nominations in total.

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There were no AAPI nominees among the lead acting categories. Bowen Yang got a supporting actor nod for SNL, while Phillipa Soo got a nod for Hamilton. In the Reality Host categories, Tan France was nominated for Queer Eye, while Padma Lakshmi earned a nod for Top Chef.

Black talent was well represented in all of the acting categories, led by black-ish’s Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, Lovecraft Country‘s Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett, Uzo Aduba for In Treatment, Sterling K. Brown for This Is Us, Rege-Jean Page for Bridgerton, Billy Porter for Pose, Kenan Thompson for Kenan, Michaela Coel for I May Destroy You, Cynthia Erivo for Genius: Aretha and Leslie Odom Jr. for Hamilton.

Besides Rodriguez and Porter from Pose, other LGBTQ+ nominees include SNL cast members Yang, Kate McKinnon and guest host Dan Levy, Samira Wiley from The Handmaid’s Tale, Jonathan Groff from Hamilton, the Fab 5 from Queer Eye and Drag Race host RuPaul. Hacks star Hannah Einbender identifies as bisexual. And at least two nominees – Emma Corrin and Carl Clemons-Hopkins — identify as non-binary.

The 73rd Emmy Awards will be hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. Executive Producers Reginald Hudlin and Ian Stewart and Director Hamish Hamilton have been selected to helm the show for production companies Done+Dusted and Hudlin Entertainment.

The Emmys will be broadcast on Sunday, Sept. 19 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/5:00-8:00 PM, live PT) on the CBS Television Network and will be available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+. The 2021 Creative Arts Awards will be broadcast on Saturday, Sept. 18 (8:00 PM ET/PT) on FXX.