Record Number of Black Actors Receive Emmy Award Nominations






Uzo Aduba received a nomination for outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or a movie for Mrs. America while Nicole Byer was recognized for outstanding host for a reality or competition program for Nailed It!

Finally, RuPaul was nominated for RuPaul's Drag Race and Karamo Brown and the rest of his Queer Eye costars received recognition for the show.

After the nominations were revealed, fans expressed their excitement on social media.

"Today is a good day for those rooting for everybody Black #Emmys," a fan tweeted.

"She was the first Black female lead on a network drama in 40 years, and now she broke an Emmy record with 4 nominations across 4 different categories. Kerry Washington deserves all the awards and accolades for her work," a different fan tweeted.

"Zendaya being nominated for a Emmy at just 23 for her first mature role… Black excellence at its finest!" another fan said.

"So happy Issa Rae and the Insecure HBO crew are getting their Emmy's recognition. Imagine creating a YouTube show, it blowing up, getting the attention of HBO & becoming not just a sought after actress but a sought after creator. A Black woman did that. #Emmys," a Twitter user tweeted.

This year's historical list of nominees comes a year after Black actors only made up 19.8 percent of the nominees in 2019, Variety reported.

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on Sept. 20 on ABC.

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