2020 Emmys Awards Made History After Setting A New Record For The Most Wins By Black Actors

Last night, September 20, saw seven Bla-ck performers taking home awards in major categories, topping the previous record of six sets two years ago.

It comes after the Television Academy gave out a record number of Emmy nominations to Bla-ck actors, with 34.3 percent of the acting nominees being Bla-ck.

Out of the 18 acting awards handed out at the 72nd Emmy Awards, nine of them (50 percent) went to Bla-ck actors – a notable increase from last year, when 11.11 percent of acting winners were Bl-ack.

Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Uzo Aduba and Zendaya all won awards during Sunday’s ceremony, joining Eddie Murphy, Maya Rudolph and Ron Cephas Jones – who won guest acting Emmys on Saturday.

Both Murphy and Rudolph took home the win thanks to their roles on the same episode of Saturday Night Live from December 2019. Incredibly, Rudolph also picked up her second Emmy win, for outstanding voiceover performance for her work on Netflix’s animated series Big Mouth.

Jasmine Cephas Jones, the daughter of winner Ron Cephas Jones, won a short form acting award for Quibi’s #FreeRayShawn alongside Laurence Fishburne, making them the first parent-child duo to win an Emmy during the same ceremony.

They weren’t the only ones making history, though; King’s win for lead actress in a limited series or movie means she has now tied the record for most Emmys won by a Bla-ck actor, with four, sharing the achievement with Alfre Woodard. History was also made with Zendaya’s lead drama actress win for HBO’s Euphoria, making her the youngest ever winner for lead actress in a drama series at 24.

It was also only the second time in the Emmys’ 71-year history that a Bla-ck woman has won that category, with Viola Davis first winning in 2015 for her starring role in How To Get Away With Mu*der. Elsewhere in the awards, Bla-ck winners made up 33.33 percent of the winners overall in the six writing categories, BIPOC winners made up 50 percent and female winners made up 16.67 percent.

Out of the seven directing categories, Bla-ck winners made up 14 percent, BIPOC winners made up 28.6 percent and female winners made up 28.6 percent overall, as per Variety. However, because these categories are often won by multiple people sharing one nomination, this bre-akdown was significantly lower when it came to individual people, with Bla-ck winners making up just 2.13 percent of the winners overall, BIPOC making up 3.2 percent and women making up 3.2 percent in writing.

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