The 2017 nominees for the Television Critics Association acting awards have been announced, and they are all female or BAME individuals.
The TCA’s were decided by 200 television critics and journalists from around from the United States and Canada.
TV shows and networks have implemented practices in recent years to make their programming more diverse, and their efforts are being recognised by both critics and viewers, reflected in the 2017 nominations.
In the acting category, five out of six slots were filled by women: Nicole Kidman for Big Little Lies, Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon for Fued: Bette And Joan, Claire Foy for The Crown, Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaid’s Tale and Carrie Coon for The Leftovers and Fargo. Sterling K. Brown, an actor of colour from This Is Us, was the only man nominated.
‘Individual Achievement in Comedy’ followed suit with its nominees: Julia Louis-Drefyus for Veep, Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag, Issa Rae for Insecure, Kristen Bell for The Good Place, Pamela Adlon for Better Things, Aziz Ansari for Master of None and Donald Glover for Atlanta.
There is also a noticeable shift in themes of the programmes that have been nominated. The narratives of all except one (Stranger Things) of the ‘Outstanding New Program’ award are either from the perspective of a female; The Handmaid’s Tale, The Crown, This Is Us, The Good Place, or from people of colour; Atlanta.
In the Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials, three of the six programmes are focused completely around women; Big Little Lies, Feud: Bette & Joan and Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life.
TCA President Amber Dowling said,
“This was truly a landmark season for diversity in television, and the TCA nominations reflect this. “
“Our members have chosen a variety of series that celebrate and represent a wide spectrum of performances.”
The TCA are another example of an awards show that doesn’t separate it’s categories by gender. The MTV Movie & Television Awards initiated the same policy earlier this year.
The awards will be held on August 5 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.