Tracee Ellis Ross or Issa Rae could be second black Best Comedy Actress Emmy winner

Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) is far and away the favorite to win the Best Comedy Actress Emmy, but should there be a shocking upset, we could get only our second black winner in the category if Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”) or Issa Rae (“Insecure”) triumph.

Isabel Sanford was the first and so far only black woman to break that barrier, taking home the prize in 1981 on the third of her seven nominations for “The Jeffersons.” Those seven bid also make Sanford, the second black Best Comedy Actress nominee after Diahann Carroll (“Julia”), the most nominated black actress in the category.

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Ross, who is in second place in our odds, is on her third nomination for “Black-ish,” making her the category’s second most nominated black contender. The Golden Globe champ was previously tied with Nell Carter (“Gimme a Break!”) and Phylicia Rashad (“The Cosby Show”) with two nominations. While all of our Experts and Editors are predicting Brosnahan, one of our Top 24 Users, jose mejias, is betting on Ross.

Rae, who’s in sixth place in our odds, is enjoying her inaugural Emmy nomination to go with her two previous Golden Globe bids. Ross’ and Rae’s dual nominations mark just the fourth time the category has featured multiple black nominees; Sanford and Carter were up in 1982 and ’83, and Sanford and Rashad were nominated in 1985.

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