The 70th Emmy Awards nominations were announced this morning and when Sandra Oh’s name was called, she made Emmy history as the first Asian woman to be nominated in a lead acting category, for her amazing role in the first season of KILLING EVE.
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The 46-year-old actress landed her first lead actress Emmy nomination of her career for her role as MI-5 officer Eve Polastri in BBC America’s critically-acclaimed series, Killing Eve. In doing so, Oh — who is Korean-Canadian — makes history as the first woman of Asian descent to be recognized in a lead actress category, in either comedy or drama, at the Emmys.
Though this is the first time Oh has been lauded for a lead role by the Emmys, she isn’t a stranger to the Television Academy. She received five straight Emmy nominations in the supporting drama actress category from 2005 to 2009 for her performance as Dr. Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy, but came up empty each time. Could Killing Eve, which marks Oh’s first true foray as a lead on a major TV show, be the one to break the Emmy glass ceiling?
Granted, it just took 70 years for this to happen, but there have been some glimmers of Asian representation at the lauded awards show over the years.
In 2010, Archie Panjabi, who is British-Indian, became the first actor of Asian descent to win an acting Emmy, for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in THE GOOD WIFE. In 2017, Riz Ahmed — who is British Pakistani — was the second actor of Asian descent to win for his riveting performance in THE NIGHT OF in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category. Ahmed became the first Asian actor, male or female, to win an Emmy for a lead role.
Meanwhile, Oh is not the lone Asian to be nominated this year. Congratulations to Darren Criss, who is nominated for Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his dark and unhinged portrayal of Andrew Cunanan in THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY.
UPDATE: And congrats to Patti Lee for her nom:
It's a day full of congrats. This one's for Patti Lee, nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Cam Series. Patti is the first woman ever nominated in the category and the first Asian woman ever nominated in any cinematography category! #Emmys #womeninfilm pic.twitter.com/MdJK46rWu9
— Women In Film – LA (@WomenInFilm) July 12, 2018
To read more about Oh’s historic nomination, head over to Entertainment Tonight:
Emmys 2018: Sandra Oh Is the First Asian Woman Nominated in a Lead Actress Category