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Guess how many black actors have won Emmys in major comedy categories.

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Guess how many black actors have won Emmys in major comedy categories.
This year's Emmy nominees in major comedy categories include Anthony Anderson in "Blackish," Don Cheadle in "House of Lies," Andre Braugher in "Brooklyn Nine Nine," Tituss Burgess in "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," Keegan-Michael Key in "Key & Peele," and Niecy Nash in "Getting On." If any three of them win, they will double the amount of black series cast members ever to win comedy Emmys.  Three black performers have won Emmys in lead and supporting comedy categories. The last African-American winner was Jackée (Harry) in 1987 for her supporting role as the saucy Sandra on "227." Before that, Robert Guillaume picked up a supporting actor Emmy for "Soap" in 1979 and a lead actor Emmy for its spinoff "Benson" in 1985. Isabel Sanford won for playing Louise "Weezy" Jefferson on "The Jeffersons" in 1981.  The guest actor comedy Emmys have a slightly better track record. Before Uzo Aduba picked up her guest actress trophy for "Orange is the New Black" last year,
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Peter Coyote wins his first career Primetime Emmy for narrating 'The Roosevelts'

Peter Coyote wins his first career Primetime Emmy for narrating 'The Roosevelts'
Actor Peter Coyote won Best Narrator at the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday, Sept. 12. He lent his voice to PBS's "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" and was specifically awarded for "Episode 1: Get Action (1858-1901)." He was previously nominated for Best Drama Guest Actor in 1991 for "Road to Avonlea" but lost to David Opatoshu ("Gabriel's Fire"). This was the first ever Primetime Emmy for the veteran character actor. (He did win a News and Documentary Emmy in 1993 for Best Historical Program for "The Pacific Century.") -Break- Creative Arts Emmys: 'Game of Thrones' wins record 8, 'Ahs: Freak Show' takes 5 All voice-over performances used to compete in one category at the Emmys, but starting in 2014, the award was split into two races honoring the best character performances (including actors in animated shows like "The Simpsons," "Family G..."
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Will SAG Awards champ Viola Davis be first African American to win Drama Actress at Emmys? (Poll)

Will SAG Awards champ Viola Davis be first African American to win Drama Actress at Emmys? (Poll)
Viola Davis became just the second African American to win Best TV Drama Actress at the SAG Awards, claiming the prize Sunday for her starring role in "How to Get Away with Murder." The first to break through the color barrier was Chandra Wilson, a featured player on "Grey's Anatomy," who won this award in 2006. (SAG does not differentiate between lead and supporting on the TV side). -Break- However, Wilson was unable to parlay this victory into an Emmy, despite four consecutive bids in the Supporting Actress category. She lost in 2005 and 2006 to Blythe Danner ("Huff"), in 2007 to co-star Katherine Heigl and in 2008 to Dianne Wiest ("In Treatment"). While four African American women have won that Emmy race -- Gail Fisher ("Mannix," 1970); Alfre Woodard ("Hill Street Blues," 1983), Madge Sinclair ("Gabriel's Fire," 1991) and Mary Alice ("I'll Fly Away,&quo..."'
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Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones, Dick Smith to receive honorary Oscars

Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones, Dick Smith to receive honorary Oscars
On Tuesday evening, the motion picture academy board voted to bestow honorary Oscars to actor James Earl Jones and makeup pioneer Dick Smith. In addition, it was decided to give the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to television star Oprah Winfrey. While Smith is a movie veteran with more than 40 credits spanning half a century, both Jones and Winfrey have enjoyed their greatest success in other mediums -- he on stage and primetime TV and she in daytime TV for 25 years. Jones contended for his only Oscar back in 1970 for reprising his Tony-winning performance in "The Great White Hope." He lost Best Actor to George C. Scott ("Patton) who declined the prize. Jones had received his first Emmy bid for a guest spot on Scott's TV series "East Side West Side" back in 1964. He has contended for TV's top honor seven more times, winning two in 1991 for Drama Actor ("Gabriel's Fire
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Angela Bassett would make Emmy history if she wins lead actress for 'ER'

There is a spirited debate in the forums about whether Angela Bassett of "ER" should put herself forward in the lead or supporting category at this year's Emmy Awards. The Oscar-nominated actress ("What's Love Got to Do With It") has joined the cast of the NBC medical drama as attending physician Cate Banfield for the final season of its 15-year run. Were she to get a lead nod and then win, Angela Bassett would make Emmy history as the first African American actress to prevail for a regular lead role on a drama series.

"ER" has won 22 of its record 122 Emmy nominations. However, only one of those Emmys went to a series regular — Julianna Margulies as supporting actress for the first season in 1995. And the last series regular to be nominated was Maura Tierney in that same category in 2001. But, as forum moderator Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch points out, "'ER's' buzz has skyrocketed.
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