Emmys 2016: Diversity Takes Centre Stage and A Win for Orphan Black

I didn’t watch the Emmys because I find award shows, like graduations, boring unless you have a stake in them. However, I am happy about this year’s winners for a whole host of reasons which include diversity and Tatiana Maslany.


Finally the actress who should have been sweeping the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category since the debut of Orphan Black, Tatiana Maslany, has won that golden statue. There was a huge push from fans after her first two Emmy snubs, and Maslany was finally nominated last year, but she lost to acting goddess, Viola Davis. Fourth time was the charm it or would have to be — Maslany will have one more chance to snag the award for her clone roles, since the next season of the show will be its last. The cause for celebration isn’t just for the much deserved award for fabulous acting but also for Canada as a country. Maslany is Canadian and so is a vast majority of the talent featured on the show, the creators of the show, the show’s location and the production behind it. So her win is a win for the Canadian entertainment industry, which adds icing to a really great cake. I’m happy for her and I’m also happy for me, as a member of Clone Club and a Canadian.

Rami Malek won the Emmy for lead actor in a drama for his turn on "Mr. Robot." (Chris Pizzello/Invision)

#OscarSoWhite, who? There was a lot of diverse faces to take home statues. Remi Malak is the first Egyptian-American to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Mr. Robot and the first non-white winner in eighteen years. Kate McKinnon who is openly gay won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy. Regina King won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series AGAIN for American Crime, Courtney B Vance won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series for The People vs OJ, and Sterling K. Brown won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series for The People vs. OJ. Alan Young and Aziz Ansari won for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Master of None and specifically for their episode, “Parents,” which is about how children of immigrants relate to their parents.

I’m probably missing some other wins but you can see a stark difference between this year’s Emmys and the last two Oscars. Hopefully, this won’t go down as a “good year” but an emerging norm.

Ardo Omer

Ardo Omer

Freelance writer and editor. Co-host of a books and comics podcast (Put A Blurb On It). Former WWAC editor. Current curmudgeon and Batman's personal assistant. Icon art by Diana Sim.