Sandra Oh Becomes First Asian Woman To Earn Emmy Nod In The Lead Actress In A Drama Series Category

Sandra Oh has made history as the first Asian woman to get nominated for an Emmy Award in the Leading Actress in a Drama Series category.

On Thursday morning, Samira Wiley and Ryan Eggold announced the 2018 nominations for 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and Oh nabbed a nod for her work in “Killing Eve”.

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The Canadian actress was previously nominated for five Supporting Actress Emmys for her role in the drama “Grey’s Anatomy”.

The 46-year-old Ottawa native previously opened up about being an Asian actress in Hollywood with Time magazine, “There are people who get me and people who don’t,” she explained.

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Adding, “And I don’t care to work with the people who don’t get me. For the majority of the career, someone has had to step in and change the character.”

The Korean/Canadian actress opened up about her milestone nomination with The Hollywood Reporter, “I’m struggling to find the right words for it,” she told the publication. “I feel quite serious about it. What’s a blend of the words ‘seriousness’ and ‘joyous?’ I’m absolutely thrilled. I feel my community at all times; I am my community at all times. I have joy not only for the show and myself and family, but also for my community. Hopefully, my community can feel like they have representation as well.”

“Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D” star Chloe Bennet took to Twitter to congratulate her fellow Asian actress on her nod. “Oh f**k yes,” she wrote to Oh.

Oh will face off against Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Claire Foy (“The Crown”), Keri Russell (“The Americans”), Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”) and fellow Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”).



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