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No actors, hosts of color take home a win in major categories at 2021 Emmys

Despite setting diversity records for its nominees, no actors or hosts of color took home a win in any of the major acting or reality hosting categories at the 2021 Emmys.

Deadline noted that 49 “non-Anglo nominees” had been nominated in the major categories, outpacing 2020’s record of 42 nominees. Of those 49 nominees in 12 major categories, not one took home an Emmy award.

Some of the most notably discussed “snubs,” according to Deadline, included the late Michael K. Williams for his role on “Lovecraft Country,” Bowen Yang and Kenan Thompson for their respective works on “Saturday Night Live,” and Michaela Coel for her acting on “I May Destroy You” — though she did make history as the first Black woman to win the Emmy for limited series writing.

The host of the evening, Cedric the Entertainer, took notice of the record nominations in one of his monologues, saying, “The good news is there are a lot of Black people nominated tonight. Like my dawg Anthony Anderson … This is Anthony’s 11th nomination but tonight he’s up against Michael Douglas and Ted Lasso. So good luck, partner, but I gotta say, looks like it’s still hard out here for a pimp.”

A number of people took to social media to highlight the lack of diversity among the Emmy winners as the hashtag #EmmysSoWhite trended.

“Black host, Black announcer hell even Black music. We doing everything but win. #EmmysSoWhite,” a Twitter user added.

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