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Asian Americans shut out in acting category at Emmy Awards

By Louis Chan, AsAmNews National Correspondent

Despite numerous nominations, people of color received no Emmy Awards in the six acting categories Sunday night.

Several Asian Americans were up for awards in the supporting acting categories.

They included Bowen Yang for Saturday Night Live for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy and Philippa Soo for outstanding supporting actress or a limited or drama series in Hamilton. The awards went instead to Brett Goldstein of Ted Lasso and Julianne Nicholson of Mare of Easttown.

Both Yang and Soo received team Emmy awards when Hamilton won for Outstanding Variety Special and Saturday Night Live won as Best Variety Sketch Series.

The absence of any actors of colors to receive an Emmy in the acting categories have lead some to call it an Emmy whitewash.

The shows which dominated the Oscar nominations had predominantly White casts- The Crown, Ted Lasso and Mare of Easttown.

Padma Lakshmi received a nomination for outstanding host for a reality or competition program. The award which was given out last week and not part of Sunday’s national telecast went to RuPaul Charles, an African American drag queen, for RuPaul’s Drag Race.

On Sunday, RuPaul also took the Emmy as the show’s executive producer for top competition program. Charles is now the most-awarded Black artist in Emmy history with 11 awards.

People of color were featured heavily among the presenters. Asian American presenters included Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, Vanessa Lachey, Mindy Kaling, Daniel Dae Kim and Bowen Yang.

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