Two Emmys for Noah and a snub for Mbedu

It’s Emmy season! The nominees were announced this week ahead of the big night in September and, while we loved seeing which of our fave shows made it to the top, we’re especially proud of the South Africans in the mix. 💪🏽 Comedian Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show bagged two nominations, while The Underground Railroad – featuring our very own Thuso Mbedu in the lead – scored seven. To our dismay (and some critics’ surprise, as Channel24 reported), Mbedu didn’t pick up a best actress nomination. Hmph! 

Hurt feelings aside, we’d like to give a nod to Hollywood – not well known for prioritising diversity, though this seems to slowly be changing – for its inclusion of transgender and non-binary performers in film. MJ Rodriguez, from the popular Netflix series Pose, made history as the first transgender actress to be nominated in a major acting category,🏳️‍🌈 while winners can now choose “performer” on their awards rather than the words “actor” or “actress”. It’s the 21st century, and we’re glad to see the Emmys getting on the same page. 

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 15 July 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.