Emmys change nomination rules for 'more inclusiveness'

The Emmy Awards have announced a change to their nomination process as part of an effort to be more inclusive, the organization said Wednesday.

The Television Academy announced in a blog post that the number of nominations per category would now be based on the number of submissions each category receives, with categories that have more than 240 submissions now resulting in eight nominees. The comedy and drama categories will always have eight nominees, per the announcement.

A statement on the Television Academy's website said that the rule change was necessary for "allow[ing] for more inclusiveness in the recognition of excellence."

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"The increase in submissions is a reflection of the number of new voices, new television platforms and a tremendous growth in content from existing platforms across our industry," said Television Academy CEO Frank Scherma in a news release.

"Despite production suspension resulting from COVID-19, there is a wealth of excellent work submitted for this year's competition."

The new scale for nominations is as follows:

  • 1-19 submissions: Sliding scale between zero and four nominations
  • 20-80 submissions: five nominations
  • 81-160 submissions: six nominations
  • 161-240 submissions: seven nominations
  • More than 240 submissions: eight nominations

The Television Academy's announcement follows a similar change introduce by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which runs the Oscars.

In a statement, the Oscars' governing body said that it would “encourage equitable hiring practices and representation on and off screen in order to better reflect the diversity of the film community," and introduce “representation and inclusion standards” for films nominated for Oscars.

"While the Academy has made strides, we know there is much more work to be done in order to ensure equitable opportunities across the board," CEO Dawn Hudson said.

Award shows for the entertainment industry have been criticized for a lack of inclusivity in the past, and in particular the Oscars have been the subject of an "#OscarsSoWhite" campaign highlighting the relatively low number of actors and actresses of color and other film professionals nominated for awards.