AAPI Emmy Contenders: ‘Squid Game’, ‘Pachinko’, ‘Saturday Night Live’

We shouldn’t only celebrate AAPI representation in May, as the artistic contributions of our global talents have produced some of the best television and film productions in the last decade. However, as we come to the close of the annual celebration, it’s worth noting the multiple acting contenders that are in the running for Primetime Emmy nominations.

Netflix’s “Squid Game” rocked the streaming world, becoming the most-watched series in the platform’s history. Yet, with universal acclaim, it’s disheartening to feel that the show isn’t a lock to sweep the board across its eligible categories. You can chalk this up to the competitive landscape. “Succession”And “Severance.” Still, it’s already grappling with making history as the first non-English series ever to be nominated at the Emmys.

Looking at “Pachinko”Apple TV+ is another international series that has received acclaim from critics. However, it feels like a distant shot for noms in the artisan categories despite the success of South Korean stars Lee Min-Ho (and Academy Award winner Yuh Jung Yun)“Minari”). We should have room for more than one non-English series in the conversation, but as the field of television becomes even more expansive with the growing number of content, it’s harder to stand out in the crowded field.

It’s no secret that Asian and Pacific Islanders are not well represented in Hollywood, either film or television. The USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative research found that 44 films featured an Asian or Pacific Islander as a lead or co–lead character, with 14 of these being headlined by Dwayne John. Only six of these roles were helmed or dominated by AAPI women and none were more than 40 years old.

The Emmy Season television landscape has a greater variety of options available to members of the TV Academy when they fill out their ballots for acting categories.

Good news: We have an entire cast of actors and actresses who could fill any given role beyond the nearly dozen names already listed.

VarietyHere are 11 AAPI nominees who are eyeing Emmy nominations.

You can find the most recent predictions on the Emmys Collective pages. There are also links to individual categories. Voting opens June 16.

Honorable mentions: Awkwafina“Nora from Queens”), Arian Moayed (“Inventing Anna”), Kayvan Novak (“What We Do in the Shadows”), Nasim Pedrad (“Chad”), Phillipa Soo (“Dopesick”And “Shining Girls”), Emeraude Toubia (“With Love”), Ming-Na Wen (“The Book of Boba Fett”), Oh Young-soo (“Squid Game”)


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