Within the first hour of this year's Emmy & # 39; s, immediately following the tunes of Che and Jost, nine honors went to whites (two of which went to the same person). While nominees for color were not recognized, viewers watched Henry Winkler, Bill Hader, Alex Borstein, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Rachel Brosnahan, Merritt Wever, Jeff Daniels and Ryan Murphy all collecting trophies. The performances of the winners and the commitment to craft were all praiseworthy; the awards were not distributed to uninteresting work. But the stark gap between the rhetorical attention of the ceremony for diversity & # 39; and the meager recognition of & # 39; various & # 39; people's work was repeatedly strengthened. Even when actors of color on the stage were invited to make their voices heard about the profits of others, the Emmys did not succeed in using their art. The Emmy's seemed, for all their fixation on the literal word, to misunderstand the objectives of various programming.
Of the 26 Emmy & # 39; s that were presented at the Monday night awards, only three went to people of color. Regina King received the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a limited series, for her role as Latrice Butler, the mother who mourns a son killed by the police in the (canceled) drama of Netflix Seven seconds. Thandie Newton, who plays Westworld& # 39; s enigmatic Maeve Millay, won an outstanding male supporting role in a drama series. RuPaul & # 39; s Drag Race, the long-standing juggernaut of LGBTQ television, took the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. (Darren Criss, the Philippine actor who won the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series Prize for his rendition of Andrew Cunanan in Ryan Murphy & # 39; s The murder of Gianni Versace, has said before that he does not identify himself as an Asian American.)
In a particularly tonically deaf segment, Che introduced a series of applicable titles: "Emmy's Reputation." In the sketch, Che visited several actors from groundbreaking black series to give them the awards that he thought were refused. He explained the conceit to all actors, including them Family affairs& # 39; Jaleel White, Martin& # 39; S Tichina Arnold, An other world& # 39; S Kadeem Hardison, and the versatile legend John Witherspoon. They all reacted with enthusiasm and understanding, their performances during the off-kilter sketch were somehow more engaging than most ceremonies. But still, the sketch sounded hollow because of the racial layout of the winners of the evening. Self-awareness without any indication of change is hardly funny. It is easy for the Emmy's to make a comical production of correcting earlier misdeeds; the more difficult, more important work is seriously committed to attributing justice to its contemporary procedures.
For some color actors, the night was a gloomy reminder that appreciation from the public and the stellar press alone can not guarantee the gaps of Hollywood. Sandra Oh, who broke the BBC America hit Eve kill with almost unimaginable talent, was nominated but went home without a trophy. "Sandra Oh, I love you," The crownS Claire Foy said during her emotional acceptance speech for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, the award for which Oh was nominated. The moment might have been sincere, but it still reminded of the bittersweet dedication Adele Beyoncé gave after beating the Lemonade singer for the album of the year Grammy in 2017.