Sandra Oh just made Emmy history: With her Best Drama Actress nomination on Thursday, the “Killing Eve” star is the first performer of Asian descent to be nominated in the category. Oh had been slowly rising in our Emmy odds in the past month, landing in the sixth and final spot in our predictions.
Oh is up against reigning champ Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), 2016 winner Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), Keri Russell (“The Americans”), Claire Foy (“The Crown”) and Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”). If she wins, she would obviously be the first Asian actress to prevail and just the third Asian performer overall. As we previously noted, Oh received her fifth and final supporting nomination for “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2009, a year before Archie Panjabi (“The Good Wife”), who’s British-Indian, became the first actor of Asian descent to win. Last year, Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”), who’s British-Pakistani, became the first Asian man to win an acting Emmy and the first to win for a lead role.
A Korean-Canadian, Oh famously got her best-known role as Dr. Cristina Yang on “Grey’s Anatomy” through Shonda Rhimes‘ colorblind casting policy. The part of Eve Polastri, a bored MI-5 agent obsessed with a psychopathic assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer), on “Killing Eve” is the first lead role of her career, and she revealed that she didn’t think creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge wanted her for the lead role because she was not used to being offered those parts.
“[So] many years of being seen [a certain way], it deeply, deeply, deeply affects us,” she told Vulture. “It’s like, how does racism define your work? Oh, my goodness, I didn’t even assume when being offered something that I would be one of the central storytellers. Why? And this is me talking, right? After being told to see things a certain way for decades, you realize, ‘Oh my god! They brainwashed me!’ I was brainwashed! So that was a revelation to me.”
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