Emmys: Second Year in a Row With No Black Actor Winners

Kerry Washington, Emmy Awards 2013

Emmys: Second Year in a Row With No Black Actor Winners

Kerry Washington misses out on historic Best Actress win.

Published September 23, 2013

It's a wrap on the 2013 Emmy Awards, and sadly no Black actors took the stage to accept awards this year. Scandal star Kerry Washington, who was a frontrunner for the Best Actress in a Drama Series award, lost to Homeland star Claire Danes. Washington would've made Emmys history by becoming the first Black actress to win the night's biggest prize. 

Still, the A-lister had a meaningful moment on stage with Diahann Carroll, who jointly presented the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. The accomplished actress took a moment before reading out the nominees to commend Washington on her work, exclaiming that Washington "better win" the Best Actress prize. Unfortunately, her proclamation didn't come true, but those who know their television history understood that the presence of the two women on stage together — Washington is the first Black actress since Carroll's starring role on the 1974 show Julia to headline a network series — was groundbreaking in itself.

Don Cheadle
 (nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for House of Lies) presented one of the In Memoriam segments honoring deceased journalist Sir David Frost, while Shemar Moore held it down backstage as the show's behind-the-scenes correspondent. Even LL Cool J put on his tux to give Tina Fey an award for writing. 

Speaking of handsome men in tuxes, Blair Underwood was joined by Friday Night Lights star Connie Britton to present Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series to the late Henry Bromell, one of the brains behind Homeland.

Modern Family and Breaking Bad took home the awards for Best Comedy Series and Best Drama Series, respectively, while Bryan CranstonThe Big Bang Theory's Jim ParsonsThe Newsroom's Jeff Daniels and Claire Danes won the top acting prizes.

For a complete list of winners, click here.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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