The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences released the nominations for the 68th Primetime Emmys on Thursday. This year 21 non-white actors were nominated. Television is a much more diverse place than film, and after years of #OscarsSoWhite outcry the list of Emmy nominees proves it.
Taraji P. Henson (Empire) and Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) were nominated for best actress in a drama series. Both Henson and Davis were nominated the same roles in 2015 when Davis became the first Black actress to win the award.
Tracee Ellis Ross received her first ever Emmy nomination for best actress in a comedy series for her role as Rainbow Johnson in Black-ish. The show, created by Kenya Barris, was also nominated for best comedy series.
Regina King in nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or a television movie for her work in American Crime.
Critics have noted the notable absence of Uzo Aduba, who has won twice, but was not nominated for her role in Orange Is the New Black.