Emmys set a record for most wins by Black Actors

Sep 21, 2020 10:15

#Emmys set a record for most wins by Black Actors https://t.co/shiCqTlO38 pic.twitter.com/Dl1R4jyNiR
- The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 21, 2020

Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (both of HBO's Watchmen), Uzo Aduba (FX on Hulu's Mrs. America) and Zendaya (HBO's Euphoria) all won honors during Sunday's ceremony. They join Eddie Murphy, Maya Rudolph and Ron Cephas Jones, who won guest acting Emmys on Saturday. The seven Emmy wins by Black actors in the drama, comedy and limited series fields tops the previous high of six, set two years ago.

Regina King tied the record for most Emmys won by a Black actor, with four. She now shares the mark with Alfre Woodard; her Emmys have all come since 2015 and are all for different roles. (2 for supporting actress in a limited series, 2 for lead actress in a limited series)

Aduba won her third Emmy for playing Shirley Chisholm in Mrs. America, Ron Cephas Jones is also a repeat winner; he also won for guest actor in a drama in 2018 for his role on NBC's This Is Us.

King and Aduba also wore shirts featuring the likeness and name of Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police in Louisville, Kentucky, in March, during the ceremony.

"I love being a Black woman, I loved being a Black girl," King told reporters after her win. "I love being American, and it's important that people see all of those things together, and when you have the platform celebrate that and remind those that tend to look past Black girls, Black women. When I saw my sister Uzo had on this same shirt it just was a confirmation that this was right."

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All hail the King !

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