For the third year in a row, the Primetime Emmy nominees are
the most diverse ever.
In total, 25 people
of color were nominated across the Emmys’ 18 onscreen acting awards, up from
the 22 nominated in 2016. Of the major acting categories (not including guest
and short-form), 16 were nominated. Last
year, people of color represented 24.6 percent of the major acting nominees and
21.9 percent in 2015. In 2014, that number was only 9.7 percent.
EMMYS 2017: The Complete List of Nominees
In addition to the acting nominees, Atlanta, black-ishand Master
of None picked up nominations in major categories including Outstanding
Comedy Series. In fact, this year is the
most diverse the category has ever been, marking the first time since 1970,
when The Bill Cosby Show and Room 222 were both nominated, that more
than one show with a predominately nonwhite cast was nominated in the same
year. The shows' leads, Donald Glover, Anthony Anderson and Aziz Ansari, will also face off in the Lead Actor in a Comedy category.
The most diverse categories this year the non-major acting categories with Riz Ahmed, Dave Chappelle, Lin-Manuel Miranda nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy and BD Wong and Brian Tyree Henry facing off for Drama. Kim Estes becomes the first black actor nominated in the Short-Form category for Dicks.