Emmy Season: Black Actors Have Won 5% of the Awards Over 63 Years
TV Academy blames business not voters
The 2012 Emmy Awards are next month, and though only five black actors are nominated this year, history shows that this isn't unusual. In the 63 years of the Emmys, only 35 black actresses and actors have won an award in any of the 16 categories - that's 5 percent. This year, if Giancarlo Esposito wins Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for "Breaking Bad," or if Maya Rudolph wins the Comedy Guest Actress for "Saturday Night Live," they would become the first black performers to win in their respective categories ever. Don Cheadle would become only the second African-American in history to win Best Lead Actor in a Comedy if he wins for "House of Lies." Others up for awards this year are Idris Elba for Lead Actor in a Movie/Mini for "Luther" and Loretta Devine for Guest Actress in a Drama for "Grey's Anatomy."
TV Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum blames the TV business: “I think it’s a concern for the industry. It starts with the number of qualified performers on each of the shows at the pilot stage. It begins in the first year of a show, and I think it’s incumbent upon all of us at both the networks and the studios to take a look at how to expand the number of diverse individuals both in front of and behind the camera”. (Deadline)