The record number of Emmy nominations were of black actors this year. Later, as the award show held, the most wins were recorded by the black actors also. Regina King and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II from HBO’s Watchman , Uzo Aduba from FX on Hulu’s Mrs. America and Zendaya of HBO’s Euphoria all won honors during Sunday’s ceremony.
Guest acting Emmy was won by Eddie Murphy, Maya Rudolph and Ron Cephas Jones. While seven Emmy won by black actors in dramas, comedy and limited series field broke the record of last year when six Emmy were given to black actors in total.
Laurence Fishburne and Jasmine Cephas Jones of Quibi’s #FreeRayshawn also earned both short-form acting awards, and RuPaul won his fifth straight Emmy for best reality host. While Regina King tied with Alfre Woodard the record for most Emmys won by a Black actor.The actor Aduba received her third Emmy for playing Shirley Chisholm in Mrs. America.
Regina king shared her feelings after the win, “I love being a Black woman, I loved being a Black girl. 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.”