Michael B. Jordan, more react to record number of black actors nominated for Emmys
BIG BLACK EMMYS ENERGY was the first line of an email I received on June 28e 2020. It was a response in a mailing list started by my drama teacher, actor Andrew Stewart Jones with the subject line “Us. The beautiful us.
Started as a safe space for the black artist to share, evacuate and deal with, after the murder of George Floyd and the social unrest that followed; the exchange has become a beautiful celebration of darkness in its various representations. It is therefore not surprising that Tuesday July 28, 2020, the list was buzzing with celebration as the Television Academy nominated a record number of black actors for EMMYS – with a whopping 34.3% of acting nominees being black. That’s a huge increase from last year, when black actors made up 19.8% of the candidate pool.
In addition to that single “Big Black Emmys energy” line, there was also an Instagram video of actor Michael B. Jordan. In the video which has now been viewed over a million times and shared exponentially more, actor Michael B. Jordan celebrates the nominations in a unique yet beautiful style.
The video begins with the now iconic Variety Interview where we ask Issa Rae who is she rooting for tonight? She replies of course: “I support … everyone black.” Next Wale’s “Sue Me” falls. Then the catalog of images of many black Emmy nominees, from Issa Rae to Jeffrey Wright, begins to flash on the screen. In the closing moments of the video, Jordan appears and offers a nod, a smile, and a “congratulations everyone!” Its caption, “PROUD” in all capital letters #EMMYS. It’s short, beautiful and powerful.
Nominees in top acting categories included Billy Porter, Maya Rudolph, Sterling K. Brown, Zendaya, Anthony Anderson, Don Cheadle, Tracee Ellis Ross, Regina King, Jeremy Pope, Octavia Spencer and Kerry Washington to name a few. some.
After being kicked out last year, Issa Rae is back with a nomination for her role on HBO Precarious in the category Best Leading Actress in a Comedy. While Maya Rudolph led the performers with three nominations. Rudolph was nominated twice for Best Guest Comedy Actress this year, making her the first actor in Emmy history to be nominated twice in the same guest category in the same year. Giancarlo Esposito also received multiple nominations in the Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category for playing Gus Fring – AMC’s Better call Saul, and Nomination of guest actor in a drama series for playing Moff Gideon on Disney + The Mandalorian.
It’s us Star Sterling K. Brown, also received a double nod for actor in a drama series, in addition to his fourth consecutive actor in a drama series for playing Randall Pearce on NBC. It’s us Brown is also nominated in the Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category for his arc as Reggie on Amazon Season 3. The wonderful Mrs. Maisel.
A total of 36 actors of color were nominated, while actors who openly identified as members of the LGBTQ + community received 11 nominations. Six people of color were nominated for accommodation, while seven people identified as LGBTQ + also received nods.
Still with a record number of nods in acting categories and some in hosting, many feel that is not enough. And many fear that this is a performative gesture. As the fight for fair representation in Hollywood continues, many are not happy with this limited progress as other non-acting categories haven’t seen the same kind of parity. 2020 The writing and directing categories haven’t gone quite the same. That’s why the increase in black actor nominations is somewhat bittersweet to some. While there is certainly cause for celebration, there is also a lot of work to be done.