Emmys 2020: Issa Rae, 'Schitt's Creek,' Buzz Aldrin and More Historic Nominees

Black actors have a stronger presence in the Primetime Emmy Awards than ever before, earning a record-high percentage of acting nods. Of the 102 acting nominations in the series, limited series and TV movie fields, Black performers secured 35 (among 33 actors, as Maya Rudolph and Giancarlo Esposito were both nominated twice). The 34.3 percent of nominations represents an all-time high for Black actors, besting the previous record of 27.7 percent two years ago. It's also a sizable year-to-year jump, as Black actors only garnered about 20 percent of acting nominations in 2019. Additionally, three of the six nominees for animation voiceover performance and half of the 10 shortform acting nominees are Black. Eleven of the 34 lead acting nominees are Black, including repeat honorees Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish), Don Cheadle (Black Monday), three-time nominee Kerry Washington (Little Fires Everywhere), double nominee and past winner Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and three-time winner Regina King (Watchmen). In supporting categories, Black actors earned 14 of 44 nominations. They make up 10 of the 24 guest-star nominations.


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