Despite having one of the most, the 2021 ceremony caused controversy on Sunday for .
Favorite nominees like Michael K. Williams and Billy Porter lost to The Crown actors Tobias Menzies and Josh O’Connor, respectively. Kenan Thompson and Bowen Yang lost to Ted Lasso’s Jason Sudeikis and Brett Goldstein.
As a result, the hashtag #EmmysSoWhite started trending on Twitter.
Many noted that although black performers made up a significant number of musical announcers, presenters, and performers, none of the nominated actors won in their category.
“Black presenter, hell black announcer even black music,” tweeted Emmy Award-winning audio engineer Alexandria Perryman. “We do everything but win.”
Others noted that while they made up a significant percentage of the nominees, no actor of color took home a major award. Despite losing out on a slew of other awards, including an acting award, which went to Mare of Easttown’s Kate Winslet, Michaela Coel won Best Television Limited Series / Movie Screenplay for her work on I May Destroy. You.
A similar trend on Twitter #OscarsSoWhite led to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciencesit would have to meet to be eligible for the Best Picture award. The standards, which will take effect in 2024 for the 96th Academy Awards, require films to achieve diversity in a number of categories, including on-screen representation, creative leadership and audience development.
“We believe these standards of inclusion will be a catalyst for essential and lasting change in our industry,” said Academy President David Rubin and Academy Executive Director Dawn Hudson.
It remains to be seen if this trend online could result in a similar response for future Emmy awards ceremonies. The Emmys did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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