On Thursday morning (July 14), Lauren Graham and Anthony Anderson announced the 2016 Emmy nominations, highlighting TV's best. Everyone waited with baited breath to hear if the Emmy nominations would be an echo of #OscarsSoWhite.
Fortunately, the nominees were fairly diverse, with returning nominees such as Taraji P. Henson, Anthony Anderson and Viola Davis joined by newcomers Aziz Ansari and Rami Malek. But with such an incredible lineup of talent, it's unfortunate that Latino actors were snubbed HARD CORE.
Of the 21 non-white actors to receive nominations in major acting categories this year, none were Latino. Oscar Nuñez received a nod for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for “The Crossroads Of History," and while awesome, it's not exactly a major category. Anthony Mendez also got some love with his second Best Narrator nomination for "Jane The Virgin," which we guess can be considered a sort-of acting nod.
But come on! The near-complete absence of a Latino presence in these categories shows how Hollywood's lack of diversity continues to remain a problem.
Award show nominations are always a great reminder that Holywood is still not inclusive enough. We already know that there are talented actors out there, but until there get more opportunities in Hollywood, there will continue to be lack of recognition. And while we're so glad that shows like "Jane the Virgin" and "Shades of Blue" are on TV right now, there can definitely be more that feature Latino talent. Viola Davis put it best in her acceptance speech during last year's Emmys:
"You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there."