The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced this morning. And we’re a little disappointed.
In sixteen categories, with five nominees each, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences only found four actors worthy of being recognized for their work this year.
Andre Braugher got a nod for his role as Owen in TNT’s “Men of a Certain Age.” Taraji P. Henson was recognized for her role as the lead in the TV movie “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story.” And Idris Elba and Laurence Fishburne are up against each other for their title roles in “Luther” and “Thurgood Marshall,” respectively.
And while we’re very proud of those four nominations and how each of those actors represented often ignored facets of the Black identity, we can’t help but feel some type of way. Even if you add in the handful of other minority nominees – Edgar Ramirez as “Carlos” in the miniseries of the same name; Archie Panjabi as “Kalinda Sharma in “The Good Wife”; and Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in “Modern Family” – the odds of seeing a brown face hit the stage to accept an award at this year’s Emmy’s are ridiculously low.
Is this an accurate reflection of what minority actors on TV are putting out into the world?