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Emmys Branded ‘Disgraceful’ As Major Awards Go To White Actors 

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The Emmys have been branded ‘disgraceful’ as all 12 major acting awards went to white actors. 

A record 49 non-white performers were nominated across both acting and reality hosting categories, but they all missed out on top prizes at the event. 

Twitter was awash with the hashtag #EmmysSoWhite as many took to the platform to criticise the awards ceremony for moving ‘backwards’. 

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One user Tweeted: “Black host, Black entertainment skits, Black announcer, Black commercials, Black musical breaks, speeches about inclusion. All Black everything but winners.”

Another added: “Okay TV and Film industry, enough talk about diversity & inclusion. Here is what I need you to do.

“Integrate all of the development offices, writers’ rooms, production offices, and production crews and cast to reflect the true US population.”

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Stars like MJ Rodriguez missed out on awards at the ceremony. Credit: @mjrodriguez7/ Instagram

A third said: “Was hoping that we wouldn’t have to have #EmmysSoWhite trending again this year, but here we are….AGAIN. They talk about diversity, but sadly the winners reflect the opposite. Will things ever change?”

Several actors of colour, including Regé-Jean Page, the late Michael K. Williams, MJ Rodriguez, and Billy Porter were all expected to win an award at the event, but none of them received a nod despite making up 44% of nominees. 

The Crown dominated the wins in the drama categories, with Olivia Colman, Josh O’Connor, Tobias Menzies, and Gillian Anderson all scooping awards.

One non-white star who did receive an award was Michaela Cole, who won ‘Outstanding Writing for a Television Limited Anthology Series or Movie’ for I May Destroy You. The 33-year-old delivered a powerful speech dedicated to anyone who had ever been a victim of sexual assault.

Last year saw four black actors winning awards across major categories. These included Euphoria star Zendaya, Watchmen’s Regina King and Mrs America actress Uzo Aduba.

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