Posted June 19, 2007 – The 59th Annual Emmy nominations were announced and, like the rest of you, we too were listening for the names of Black talent. If you were busy working and missed it, here is what the landscape looks like for us this year:
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Queen Latifah, who delivered an A-plus performance as an HIV-positive former addict in "Life Support," earned a nomination for best actress in a miniseries, vying against Oscar winner Helen Mirren in “Prime Suspect: The Final Act” and Debra Messing of "The Starter Wife."
Vanessa Williams received a supporting actress nom for her devilish yet comical portrayal of Wilhelmina Slater in "Ugly Betty." America Ferrera, who plays Betty, made the best actress group. Based on the Spanish telenovela, Yo soy Betty, la fea, “Ugly Betty” will compete with "Entourage," "The Office," "30 Rock," and "Two And A Half Men" for best comedy series.
The Isaiah Washington-"Grey's Anatomy" debacle didn't hurt the show's chances for an Emmy at all. It earned four nominations, including a best supporting nod for Chandra Wilson, who plays Dr. Bailey, and T.R. Knight, the cast member Washington referred to with an anti-gay slur. The hit drama also earned a top-drama nomination along with sci-fi sensation "Heroes," "The Sopranos" and "House." "The Soprano's,” by the way, goes out with a bang with 15 nominations.
In the best comedy special category, Wanda Sykes snagged a nod for her HBO special "Wanda Sykes: Sick and Tired." "That's So Raven," starring Raven Symone, won a nod for best children's program. Spike Lee’s “When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts” continues its trail of success with a merit award nomination for nonfiction filmmaking.
The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 16. For a complete list of all the Emmy nominations, click here.