While Hollywood films continue to struggle when it comes to actors and actresses of color booking high-profile jobs, TV is a very different story.
The moves toward diversity in television is leading to more high-profile nominations, and now we have the most spectacular result of this concerted effort: for the first time in history, the acting nominees for a major awards show are all women and people of color.
The 2017 Television Critics Association Acting Award nominees doesn't include a single white male. The nominees in the Individual Achievement in Acting category are decided upon by over 200 TV critics from the United States and Canada, and their message is clear: greater diversity leads to better performances. Among the nominees Carrie Coon, Claire Foy, Nicole Kidman, Jessica Lange, Elisabeth Moss and Susan Sarandon, with the only man in the category being Sterling K. Brown.
In a post announcing the nominees, TCA President Amber Dowling celebrated the historical nominations. "This was truly a landmark season for diversity in television, and the TCA nominations reflect this," she said. "Our members have chosen a variety of series that celebrate and represent a wide spectrum of performances." Dowling's excitement is understandable, the TCA has a lot to celebrate with their landmark nominations.
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