Viola Davis’ stirring remarks at last year’s Emmy ceremony are resonating again as the industry prepares to hand out this year’s trophies.
The 2016 nominees rep the most diverse field of above-the-line talent assembled in the 68-year history of the kudos, and the smiling faces on ABC’s live telecast will look more like America than ever before. Davis broke ground last year as the first African-American actress to win for lead actress in a drama series, for her tour de force work on ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder.”
Among the milestones this year are Kenya Barris becoming the first solo African-American series creator to be nominated for comedy series (Bill Cosby won as co-creator of “The Cosby Show” with Ed. Weinberger and Michael Leeson in 1985), as well