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Emmys: Please Consider These 16 Latino Actors Before Voting, From Selena Gomez to Ricky Martin

Emmys: Please Consider These 16 Latino Actors Before Voting, From Selena Gomez to Ricky Martin

  |   Written by Clayton Davis

Full Article From Variety
Before you turn in your Emmy ballots, voters, please don’t forget about the Latinos… again.

This year’s acting ballots show 1,957 actors were submitted in all the Emmy performer categories, including the main lead and supporting races in drama and comedy, guest acting and short form. Of those, at least 110 Latino actors (and possibly up to half a dozen more) are vying for consideration. That’s less than 6% (the same acceptance rate as Ivy League university Dartmouth College). At the same time, according to the 2020 Census data, the U.S. population is 19% Hispanic, the second-largest racial or ethnic group in the country. So, why doesn’t the entertainment landscape reflect that?

When assessing the 16 acting categories with 94 slots up for grabs, the best-case scenario for Latinos based on Variety‘s Emmy projections could be five nods, and none of those feel like a “lock.” There’s a variation where zero are recognized. I can already hear the audible groans and sighs of those “tired of hearing about diversity.” Trust me, we’re more tired of talking about it, but change isn’t happening fast enough, and the numbers don’t lie.

In the history of the three major acting awards ceremonies, Latinos have won five Oscars (96 years), 10 Emmys (76 years) and 10 Tonys (77 years).

Latinos have long been underrepresented in film, television and awards shows, a disparity that has garnered increasing attention and calls for change in recent years. Despite Latinos making up a significant and growing portion of the U.S. population, their presence in the entertainment industry remains disproportionately low, both in front of and behind the camera.

The TV Academy Board of Governors elected Cris Abrego as its chair earlier this year, the first Latino to lead the organization, offering a sliver of hope for real change and future representation. But alas, we must offer these “reminders” that Latinos are not invisible and are fighting to be seen in Hollywood.

This year’s Latino acting possibilities come in all genres and corners of the entertainment world, such as Bad Bunny, who is among the guest comedy actor candidates for hosting “Saturday Night Live.” Many contenders mostly come from streamers and network procedural dramas and comedies. Apple’s “Acapulco” put up 11 actors, including Eugenio Derbez, while NBC has a roster that includes the legend George Lopez. A few double-bid candidates are among the names, such as Néstor Carbonell, Camila Mendes, Frankie Quiñones, and Jaime Camil.

On June 13, Emmy winner and lead drama actor hopeful John Leguizamo (The Network’s “The Green Veil”) took out a full-page advertisement in the New York Times, pleading, if not begging, the Television Academy to “embrace change.”

“Dear Hollywood,” Leguizamo’s letter started. “Please let this be the year we finally embrace change. The year we truly find equity and see artists of color represented across not just one category but ALL categories.”

Hopefully, before voting closes at 10 p.m. PST, members will heed Leguizamo’s words, and a handful (or more) of incredibly talented actors can find their way to recognition.

Read Variety’s list of 16 actors to consider before turning in ballots below (in alphabetical order).

The Emmy nominations will be announced on July 17. The Creative Arts and Governors Gala ceremonies will occur over two nights on Sept. 7-8. The 76th Primetime Emmy Awards will air on ABC on Sunday, Sept. 15.

Honorable mentions: Chris Estrada — “This Fool” (Hulu); Eiza González – “3 Body Problem” (Netflix); Ariana Greenblatt — “Ahsoka” (Disney+); Harvey Guillén – “What We Do in the Shadows” (FX); George Lopez – “Lopez vs. Lopez” (NBC); Justina Machado — “The Horror of Dolores Roach” (Prime Video); Wagner Moura — “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” (Prime Video); Jenna Ortega – “Finestkind” (Paramount+); Gina Rodriguez — “Not Dead Yet” (ABC); Ramón Rodríguez — “Will Trent” (ABC); Ruby Ruiz — “Expats” (Prime Video); Zoe Saldaña — “Special Ops: Lioness” (Paramount+); Josh Segarra – “The Big Door Prize” (Apple TV+)

Category: Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Cuban actor Néstor Carbonell, known for his performances in TV dramas like “Bates Motel” and “Lost,” as well as films including Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight,” plays an essential role in the pilot episode of FX’s drama series “Shōgun.” In the episode “Anjin,” Carbonell portrays Vasco Rodrigues, a Spanish pilot who sails from Portugal and introduces Blackthorne (Cosmo Jarvis) to the Japanese. His character’s strong and unpredictable nature adds depth and intrigue, setting the stage for the epic. Carbonell is also in the running for his role in Apple’s “The Morning Show,” where he is among the names for supporting drama actor.

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