None of the TCA Awards acting nominees are white men – for the first time ever

Women and non-white actors dominate the nominations for the Television Critics Association Awards

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Elisabeth Moss, Claire Foy, Nicole Kidman, Carrie Coon – the list of Television Critics Association acting awards nominees includes some sensational talents.

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But even more sensationally, there is not a single white male on the list.

Of the seven actors up for the “individual achievement in drama” gong, six are women and one is a black man. You’ve got Sterling K Brown (This Is Us), Foy (The Crown), Coon (The Leftovers and Fargo), Kidman (Big Little Lies), Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon (Feud: Bette And Joan), and finally Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale).

Away from the drama category, the seven stars in the running for “individual achievement in comedy” include Donald Glover for Atlanta, Aziz Ansari for Master of None and Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag. Again: no white men.

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This landmark is a first for the TCAs, whose members include more than 200 TV critics and journalists from across the US and Canada. It reflects the huge steps forward in creating diversity on the small screen over the past few years.

And forget the recent fanfare about the MTV Awards going for gender-neutral awards categories in 2017: the TCAs have always maintained non-gendered nominations. 

Previous winners include Jon Hamm, Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Paulson. 

Elisabeth Moss’s show The Handmaid’s Tale leads this year’s list, with four nominations. Also racking up four each are Atlanta and This Is Us. 

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And Netflix has plenty to feel smug about: between Stranger Things, The Crown and Master of None it has a grand total of eight nominations.