It’s not a secret that we could use some good news–and this year’s Primetime Emmy nominations gave us just that.
A record number African-Africans were nominated on Thursday including first-time nominee Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish) for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series; Viola Davis (HTGAWM) and Taraji P. Henson (Empire) for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series; Regina King (American Crime) for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series; Kerry Washington (Confirmation) and Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill) for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie; Niecy Nash (Getting On) for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series category; and Beyoncé Knowles Carter (Lemonade) for Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special.
Yes, we are clearly magic! And the stars sounded off on Twitter to express their excitement and gratitude.
And the fellas also represented: Anthony Anderson (black-ish) for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series; Idris Elba (Luther), Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) and Cuba Gooding Jr. (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie; Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele) and Titus Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series; Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo) and Sterling K. Brown (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie; Tracy Morgan (Saturday Night Live) for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series; Reg E. Cathey (House of Cards) and Mahershala Ali (House of Cards) for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series; Steve Harvey (Little Big Shots starring Steve Harvey) and RuPaul Charles (RuPaul’s Drag Race) for Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program and Chris Rock (Amy Schumer: Live At The Apollo) for Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special.
Other noms included Roots, American Crime and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story for Outstanding Limited Series; black-ish for Outstanding Comedy Series; Confirmation and Luther for Outstanding Television Movie; Lemonade for Outstanding Variety Special; and What Happened, Miss Simone? for Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special.
There were some notable snubs including the actors in Roots: Where were the noms for Forest Whitaker, Anika Noni Rose, Malachi Kirby and Regé-Jean Page? That and the cast of Orange Is The New Black including last year’s winner for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series Uzo Aduba? Either way, we want to send a huge congrats to the nominees!
This year’s Emmy’s ceremony will air on September 18 on ABC–and trust it will be LIT!
See the complete list of nominations here.