Emmy Nominations 2020: Black Actors Matter

Black actors have stronger presence in the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards than they ever have, earning a record-high percentage of acting nods.

Other people of color, though, were largely shut out of the acting fields, and the writing and directing categories still remain largely the province of white men, even as the industry has a reckoning with its record on inclusion and diversity in front of and behind the camera.

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 voice-over performance and half of the 10 the short-form acting nominees are Black.