The 68th Emmy Awards Promoted Diversity, Social Change

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Celebrities gathered at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California for the 68th edition of the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 18. This year’s awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, was filled with shattered records and abundant minority representation.

The British dominated this year with BBC’s “Sherlock” winning the award for Best TV Movie for it’s Christmas special titled “The Abominable Bride.” 

Another award was presented to Maggie Smith, who plays Lady Violet in “Downtown Abbey.”

Smith was given the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama and John Oliver, the host of “Last Week Tonight,” won the award for Best Variety Talk Series.

One particular award fans were more than ecstatic about was the Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series that was awarded to Tatiana Maslany, who plays multiple different characters in BBC’s “Orphan Black.”

Most fans of the series have felt that this award was long overdue and was excited that Maslany was finally given the recognition she deserves, according to social media reactions.

Next up was Rami Malek, who won Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work on the TV show “Mr. Robot.” Followed by Kate McKinnon who was awarded Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her part in “Saturday Night Live.”

The real star of the Emmy’s this year was the popular show, “Game of Thrones.” The show left with a record-breaking amount of Emmy Awards by any fictional series.

The show’s award total now stands at a whopping 38, beating out the old record-holder “Frasier” by one. Twelve of their 38 awards were accepted during this year’s Emmy Awards, though the show was nominated for 24 awards this year.

The awards “Game of Thrones” received includes Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Visual Effects.

Many of this year’s Emmy award winners talked about how diverse this award show was, referencing to the backlash of the Oscars that was faced earlier this year.

Multiple ethnic minority actors won prestigious awards such as Rami Malek, Sterling K. Brown, Courtney B. Vance, and Regina King.

Though there is still some way to go, as other ethnic minorities called for more representation. Aziz Ansari called for more Asian representation on the big screen.

Even the host, Jimmy Kimmel, bashed the Oscars a few times.

“Here in Hollywood the only thing we value more than diversity is congratulating ourselves on how much we value diversity,” he said in his opening monolog and later in the show, he sarcastically said that the Emmy’s were too diverse.

The Emmy’s was showing on the ABC network and takes place each September.

Image via Television Academy.

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