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Will the Emmys Take a Page From the Oscars and Include Diversity Requirements?

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, AKA The Oscars, made a surprising announcement earlier this month. Going forward, film companies will have to meet certain requirements to be eligible for the award for Best Picture. 

For consideration, the film must meet 2 of the 4 new diversity requirements. Diversity on-screen and behind the camera are two of the four requirements. Vox broke down the diversity requirements in simpler wording for those of us not in the film business.

In 2015, the hashtag #OscarSoWhite began trending after all of the acting nominations went to white people. While the diversity requirements don’t (yet) address the acting awards, acting nominations often reflect the cast of the Best Picture contenders. 

Will the Emmys take on similar diversity requirements? 

#EmmysSoWhite? The Emmy Awards are often much more diverse than the Oscars. For one, more networks equals more opportunity. Especially now that streaming giants, such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, are included in the nominations. 

In fact, many network shows boast an all-diverse cast. Network television may not be as equal as some hope, but it’s definitely more diverse than the movies that garner Oscar nominations.

Actor Boycotts Emmys Over Lack of Representation

Just because the Emmys aren’t facing the same backlash as the Oscars doesn’t mean everyone is happy. 

Emmy winner John Leguizamo is boycotting the 2020 Emmys over lack of Latinx representation. The actor won an Emmy in 1999 for his variety show Freak. However, he doesn’t feel there are enough Latinx nominees in major categories. 

Fox News reports that Leguizamo believes that only 1% of all television stories told are Latinx stories. Additionally, he calls it “cultural apartheid.” 

The Television Academy conceded that there is still work to do. However, they note that the awards have made huge strides toward diversity in recent years. Their statement says, 

“We feel it is a very positive sign that over the past decade the well-deserved recognition of performers of color has increased from 1 in 10 to 1 in 3 nominees across all performer categories.” 

The 2020 Emmys will be virtually due to the pandemic. 

How to Watch the 2020 Virtual Emmys

The Emmys will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Despite the large venue, no one will be in attendance – neither fans or actors. Jimmy Kimmel will serve as the host, reprising his role from 2012 and 2016. 

Without stars, there won’t be a red carpet or live audience. However, the plan is to have almost 100 cameras in various locations to stream stars live. 

 

You can read the complete list of nominees here. 

The 2020 Emmys air on Sunday, September 20, on ABC. Fans can also stream the show on Entertainment Tonight’s website. Follow us on Twitter and live-tweet the show with us! 

Jennifer Havener

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