Saturday, July 15, 2017

Riz Ahmed, Aziz Ansari garner multiple Emmy nominations

In a scene in 'Master of None,' Aziz Ansari is lectured by his real-life father.
THE EMMY'S, television's equivalent to the Oscars, has always shown more diversity in its nominations and winners than the motion pictures awards. This year is no exception.

Master of None, the acclaimed TV series created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, received three Emmy nominations. 

The Netflix product was nominated for an Emmy in the Best Comedy Series category and Writing for a Comedy Series. Ansari also was nominated for Best Comedy Actor.

Riz Ahmed received two Emmy nominations: Best Actor in a Limited Series for HBO's The Night Of and as a guest actor in a comedy series for an episode of Girls. His costar, John Turturro was also nominated in the same category.

Riz Ahmed in 'The Night Of.'
BD Wong was nominated as a guest actor in a drama series for his role in Mr. Robot.

The Night Of, which depicted a Pakistani/American family and communitiy, also received a nomination Outstanding Limited Series category. 

Silicon Valley, which features two Asian/American actors in its ensemble: Kumail Najiani and Jimmy O. Yang, was also nominated in the Best Comedy Series.

Westworld's writing team of Lisa Joy and Lena Waithe was nominated for Writing for a Drama Series.

Nominated for Writing for a Nonfiction Program was Prashanth Venkataramanujam, who was part of the writing team including CeCe Pleasants, Sanden Totten, Mike Drucker & Flora Lichtman for Bill Nye Saves the World. 

Johanna Gaines and her spouse Chip were nominated for Best Structured Reality Program for their HGTV show, Fixer Upper. Johanna Gaines is half Korean.
Although not considered one of the major categories, we need to bring attention to the casting teams for Master of None (Cody Beke & Teresa Razzauti) and Silicon Valley (Jeanne McCarthy, Nicole Abellera Hallman & Leslie Woo). Both shows are noted for their diverse casts.