There seems to be a lot of discussion about the 2018 Emmy Awards that was taken place on September 17th. The main topic I’ve seen floating around is diversity. Well, the lack of it. As I look over the winner’s list, the people couldn’t be more right.
For the first time, Sandra Oh, an Asian-Canadian actress was nominated for an Emmy and she lost. To a white woman. Claire Foy is an incredible actress and I am in no way trying to diminish her skill and competence to do so but, she has been nominated before. Two minutes ago, I thought she already won an Emmy. The category for lead actress in a drama series has one POC nomination and this generated a lot of buzz for this year’s awards. Considering the lack of nominations for non-Caucasian actresses, Sandra Oh should have won this category.
The show kicked off with a musical number, as these award shows usually do. Although, this year they sung about the harassment and inclusion issues of Hollywood, catering more to the public than the people involved in the scandals. It featured celebs such as: Kristen Bell, Michael Che (host), Colin Jost (host), Tituss Burgess, Sterling K. Brown, Rickey Martine and Andy Samberg. Etc, etc. The most memorable moment would probably be when RuPaul joined them and told them that these issues were far from solved. Also, John Legend. John Legend makes everything better.
The hosts of this years Emmy’s were Michael Che and Colin Jost (who?) – two guys I just googled and was informed that they’re members of Saturday Night Live. There are news reports everywhere stating the same thing – they didn’t do a good job. I have the same response every year when they pick the hosts for award shows like this, it’s hard to live up to previous years and create material out of nowhere. They did the best they could and we’re here for the nominee’s anyways.
Good news on diversity though, RuPaul’s “Drag Race” took home an Emmy for “Outstanding Reality Competition Series” and I don’t know about you, but I am thrilled. This show is filled with great drama, self-love and RuPaul is just a gift that needs to be shared to the world. Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace” won for “Outstanding Limited Series”. To which, Murphy dedicated this series to Andrew Cunanan’s victims and to those who suffer from LGBTQ+ crimes.
The show kicked off with a musical number, as these award shows usually do. Although, this year they sung about the harassment and inclusion issues of Hollywood, catering more to the public than the people involved in the scandals.
Also, no offence to anyone who loves Game of Thrones but I am so sick and tired of this show winning Emmy’s. This show has 47 Emmy’s and I think it’s finally time to let other shows have a chance to win such a prestigious award. At this point, they’re running out of space on their shelves for all their accomplishments.
There was a proposal that made this Emmy’s very different than the others. Glenn Weiss proposed to his girlfriend (now fiancée) Jan Svenden. This was probably the most precious moment I’ve ever seen at an award show. But, I was also alive when Ryan Gosling and Rachel Adams ran full speed into each other at the MTV Awards for the Best Kiss Award.
This was a memorable night for many faces, considering it was their first time being nominated for awards and even winning awards. Thrilling enough, the first POC winner was an hour and 15 minutes into the show. This is where I believe the lack of diversity rose from all over social media.
Although, this is an old tale. Hollywood doesn’t pride itself on being diverse, inclusive or even fair. There’s always been a lack of those things in Hollywood. First, women were only actresses, unable to direct, produce or any other aspect of filmmaking, the normalization of “black-face” and now, in 2018 – people are finally starting to discuss these issues.
I’ve always loved the glamorous aspect of Hollywood, the illusion they create for the middle-class and for people aspiring to be someone’s. The overall point of Hollywood used to be an illusion, the celebrities were not seen as people. They’re almost god-like and now, people are looking to them for guidance. Through political movements, standing up for causes and branding them as faces for change, it’s begun to shift.
The 2018 Emmy’s were a night to remember because new actors and actresses being acknowledged for their incredible work. Also, Hollywood is attempting to finally own up to their mistakes for their lack of diversity. They may not have won this award show, I believe it’s only a matter of time before things complete transition to a more fair work environment. But, what do I know, I don’t work in Hollywood.
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