The Television Critics Association (TCA) just did something HUGE. Hollywood has certainly not always been heralded for their diversity and representation of women and people of color. However, over the last few years with television series like Black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat, and Insecure, TV at least seems to be making an effort when it comes to representing people from all walks of life.
This year the TCA took it a step further. For the first time EVER their acting award nominations are ONLY women and people of color. For their category “Individual Achievement in Comedy” the nominees are, Pamela Adlon for Better Things, Aziz Ansari for Master of None, Kristen Bell for The Good Place, Donald Glover for Atlanta, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep, Issa Rae for Insecure, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge Fleabag.
Their category for “Individual Achievement in Acting” has nearly all women. The nominees are Carrie Coon for The Leftovers and Fargo, Claire Foy for The Crown, Nicole Kidman for Big Little Lies, Jessica Lange for Feud: Bette And Joan, Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaid’s Tale, and Susan Sarandon for Feud: Bette And Joan. Sterling K. Brown from This Is Us is the only man to make the list.
For the first time, there is not a single white man nominated in either category. In a statement announcing this year’s nominees, TCA President Amber Dowling said, “This was truly a landmark season for diversity in television, and the TCA nominations reflect this. Our members have chosen a variety of series that celebrate and represent a wide spectrum of performances.”
Now that TV is getting things right let’s hope that movies follow suit soon.