In fact, the only other woman of color ever nominated in the category is Mindy Kaling. Kaling was nominated in 2010 along with co-writer Greg Daniels for their work on “The Office” episode “Niagara” (and the award that year went to the writers of the “Modern Family” pilot).
With separate categories for actors and actresses, male and female performers are equally represented among 2017's Emmy nominees, but take a short hop over to the directing and writing categories and the awards are primarily a boys club.
Among the 114 writers nominated this year for drama series, comedy series, variety series and limited series, movie or dramatic special, only 21 are women. That's a hair over 18%.
Women are best represented when they're writing for a variety series: Of the 90 people named from the staffs of "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee," "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver," "Late Night With Seth Meyers," "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" and "Saturday Night Live," 21 writers — 23.3% — are female.
It's the kind of sight that would please Olivia Pope of "Scandal": Stars munching on popcorn and sipping wine.
When the Emmys broadcast cuts to a commercial break, the concession area inside the Microsoft Theater is overrun with people — like "The Crown's" Matt Smith — buying popcorn, pretzels, hot dogs and a variety of libations.
But how did one of music's biggest young stars end up on TV's biggest night? Because he was a nominee.
Chance was up for the Emmy for original music and lyrics for "Last Christmas," from a "Saturday Night Live" sketch paying tribute to Run-DMC's holiday classic "Christmas in Hollis." (The award went to Common's song "Letter to the Free," from Ava DuVernay's "13th.")