By The Numbers: The 2011 Primetime Emmys

By Arturo R. García

Number of Awards Handed Out Sunday Night: 25
Number of POC Winners: 0
Number of Individual Acting Nominees: 81
Number of POC Nominees: 6*
* Idris Elba (Luther, The Big C) scored two nominations
Number of Writing Nominees Outside Best Variety, Music or Comedy Series Category: 30
Number of POC Nominees: 1
Number Of Individual Writers in Best Variety, Music or Comedy Series Writing Category Nominees: 97
Number of Individual POC Writers In That Category: 6

Hooray for Hollywood, amirite?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/tmadiyna Tassy Madiyna

    That’s how it’s always going to be. There are very little opportunities for POC actors/actresses on television because no one is writing roles for them. I get so heated on this topic because I know for a fact that there are influential people in the industry that can start putting more actors/actresses of color on television but are so hellbent on appeasing those who aren’t interested in that sort of thing that they leave us in the wind. I can’t stomach Grey’s Anatomy sometimes – it always bothers me that Shonda Rhimes wrote a show, created it all on her own, and her main protagonist is not a POC. They killed of 2/3rds of the POC actors on True Blood this season (though, I’m pretty sure Tara’s fate is still up in the air.) Poor Jesus. :(

    This is not shocking by any means. But, it’s ok. New media is on the rise and aspiring filmmakers and actors don’t need television or film to get work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tmadiyna Tassy Madiyna

    That’s how it’s always going to be. There are very little opportunities for POC actors/actresses on television because no one is writing roles for them. I get so heated on this topic because I know for a fact that there are influential people in the industry that can start putting more actors/actresses of color on television but are so hellbent on appeasing those who aren’t interested in that sort of thing that they leave us in the wind. I can’t stomach Grey’s Anatomy sometimes – it always bothers me that Shonda Rhimes wrote a show, created it all on her own, and her main protagonist is not a POC. They killed of 2/3rds of the POC actors on True Blood this season (though, I’m pretty sure Tara’s fate is still up in the air.) Poor Jesus. :(

    This is not shocking by any means. But, it’s ok. New media is on the rise and aspiring filmmakers and actors don’t need television or film to get work.

  • Breadprincess

    Slightly off topic (and yes, I know this doesn’t make the dearth of POC nominees/winners at the Emmys any better), but I am SO glad that Loretta Devine won. Her portrayal of Adele fighting Alzheimer’s was absolutely AMAZING.

  • Breadprincess

    Slightly off topic (and yes, I know this doesn’t make the dearth of POC nominees/winners at the Emmys any better), but I am SO glad that Loretta Devine won. Her portrayal of Adele fighting Alzheimer’s was absolutely AMAZING.

  • http://commentarybyval.blogspot.com/ Val

    Let’s just say it; the Emmy’s are awards for White people. And if you except that then you won’t be disappointed.

  • http://www.womanist-musings.com/ womanistmusings

    I am not in the least bit surprised by the result, though I do wish that Andre Braugher had won for Men of a Certain Age.  He did a great job on that role and is a wonderful super talented man.