Together, actress Kerry Washington (Scandal) and Don Cheadle (House of Lies) made Emmy history as two African American actors, breaking through the lead acting categories at the same time with nominations last year. They might have started something big this year. Because not only are the two on the nominations again this year, but they are now joined by total of 11 Black actors and actresses nominated in all of the acting categories.
Here is the list of the 11 black actors and actresses:
Washington in Scandal (lead drama actress),
Joe Morton also in Scandal (guest actor drama),
Cheadle in House Of Lies (lead actor comedy series),
Andre Braugher for Brooklyn Nine-Nine (supporting comedy actor),
Chiwetel Ejiofor in Starz’s Dancing On The Edge,
Idris Elba for Luther (both in movie/miniseries actor category),
Cicely Tyson in Trip to Bountiful (lead actress movie/miniseries),
Angela Bassett in American Horror Story: Coven (movie/miniseries supporting actress),
Reg. E. Cathey in House Of Cards (guest actor drama),
Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox in Orange Is The New Black (both guest actress comedy series).
According to the TV Academy statistics, these have been the most black actors/actresses nominated since Roots cleaned up with nine nominations in 1977 for its outstanding cast members. Olivia Cole and Louis Gossett Jr. ended up taking home the trophies.
At the last Emmys, Washington was the first black actress to be nominated in the last two decades. The previous was Tyson for Sweet Justice in 1995. This year, the two will be joining each other at the Emmys as Tyson is again nominated for movie/ministries actress category for the film The Trip To Bountiful.
This year is going to be an exciting year for the Emmys and for African Americans! What do you think? Feel free to comment below!