The 69th Primetime Emmy nominations were announced this week. While scrolling through the list of nominees, I has a few WTF! moments. For example Modern Family is nominated
for the 1000th time again this year. Honestly, I don’t know ANYONE who still watches the show. Yet, there it is, taking the spot of several more deserving comedy series.
But I also had several Oh Hell Yeah! moments. The super talented Sterling K. Brown is nominated for his role on one of my favorite show, This is Us, which is also nominated.
Also, shout out to Ron Cephas Jones for his Best Supporting Actor nomination.
Alas, there is a lot of Black Girl Magic in this years nomination list. Previous winners Viola Davis, Cicely Tyson, and Regina King received nominations for their work on How to Get Away with Murder and American Crime respectively. Additionally, the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category boasts three female actors of color: Uzo Aduba for Orange is the New Black, Thandie Newton for Westworld, and Samira Wiley for The Handmaid’s Tale.
Below are the seven nominations that made my #BlackGirlSoul jump for joy when I read them:
Tracee Ellis Ross, Best Actress in a Comedy Series
I have loved Tracee from the moment I met Joan Carol Clayton on Girlfriends. She is hilarious and her nomination follows her win at this years Golden Globe Awards. I hope this is a sign for a win come September.
Leslie Jones, Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Leslie has experienced some serious hate from online troll and outright racists. I love that she is receiving attention for her immense talent.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Best Television Movie
This movie tells the story of a black woman whose cells are used to advance medical sciences without the knowledge or consent of her family. It’s an important story. And did I mention that two of my absolute faves, Renee Goldsberry and Oprah are in the cast? Needless to say, I am THRILLED for this nominations
Hands down, the highlight of this season of Master on None is the “Thanksgiving” episode. Co-written by Lena Waithe, the episode details Denise’s coming out story. The writing is perfection. And the casting was pretty epic too.
Which leads me to my next happy #BlackGirlSoul moment…
Angela Bassett, Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
They could not have selected a more perfect person to portray Denise’s mom on Master of None than Angela Bassett. There really is not need to expound…she’s Ms. Bassett.
Ava DuVurney, Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming (with Spencer Averick)
I adore Ava and The 13th is probably the most important film that I’ve watched this past year. She deserves every accolade that comes from this important film.
Kira Kelly, Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming (with Hans Charles)
This last nomination made my #BlackGirlSoul quicken, my heart flutter, and my smile widen. Black women are rarely discussed for their behind the scenes contributions to film and television. I am OVER THE MOON excited that Kira is being recognized.
The 69th Primetime Emmys will air on September 17, 2017.