While people of colour have, in recent times, been carving out a vital place for themselves on TV shows and in movies, we have not had an easy time getting recognized for our efforts. Seriously, it’s 2018, and we are still celebrating firsts.
That’s not to say that we haven’t made giant strides. We certainly have. People of colour have gotten their wins; and at the 2017 Emmys, Sterling K. Brown, Lena Waithe, Riz Ahmed all walked away winners — most of them making history.
For this year’s Emmys, Donald Glover’s FX hit Atlanta, which is led by an all-black cast, was the most nominated comedy, with 16 nods. That is heartening, but TV and TV awards diversity still have a long way to go.
Now, for the 2018 Emmys, which will be taking place on September 17, we’ve compiled the people of colour who should win their respective categories. From Sandra Oh in the stellar Killing Eve to Brian Tyree Henry in Atlanta, here are our unbiased picks.
Brian Tyree Henry for ‘Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series’
Brian Tyree Henry has been Atlanta’s strongest performer since the show premiered. He more than earned his Emmy nomination, and he definitely deserves the win for his knockout performance in “Woods” — one of the sophomore season’s strongest episodes.
Donald Glover for ‘Lead Actor In a Comedy Series’
Atlanta creator and star, Donald Glover is nominated in several categories, and while he deserves to be recognised for helming one of TV’s greatest shows, he should also win another acting Emmy for what he accomplished in the show’s frightening, series-best “Teddy Perkins” episode.
Sandra Oh for ‘Lead Actress In a Drama Series’
30 years into her career and Hollywood finally figured out what to do with Sandra Oh. Her nine years as Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy were amazing, but on Killing Eve, she delivered the performance of a lifetime playing one of TV’s most complex women. She deserves to be rewarded for it.
Tracee Ellis Ross for ‘Lead Actress in a Comedy Series’
Tracee Ellis Ross has always had impeccable comedic timing — just check out Girlfriends — but on Black-ish, she combines that with a dramatic heft that elevates the entire show. This season, in particular, completely belonged to her, and an Emmy win would be more than well-deserved.
Edgar Ramirez for ‘Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie’
Edgar Ramirez helped today’s audience understand the profound loss the world felt when Gianni Versace died, portraying the fashion genius with a ton of heart. That unsurprisingly earned him an Emmy nod, and we can’t imagine him not walking away with the statue, as well.
Penelope Cruz for ‘Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie’
Penelope Cruz giving an award-worthy performance as Donatella Versace is what we didn’t know we needed, but it’s certainly what we got. She gave an excellent performance as Versace’s sister, equal parts charismatic and fragile. Winning should be almost guaranteed for her!