Riz Ahmed Addresses Systemic Lack of TV Diversity

Riz Ahmed wins First Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in The Night Of

Ahmed also took note of The Night Of's themes of racial discrimination, noting that "it's always unusual reaping the rewards of a story based on real-world suffering". Charlie Brooker won the Outstanding TV Special and Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series awardss for "San Junipero" episode of Black Mirror, while John Oliver and his writing team scooped two prizes for satirical show Last Week Tonight.

As part of his acceptance speech, Riz credited The Innocence Project and South Asian Youth Action for helping him in preparation for his role.

'By the time all the parties will be wrapping up, I think my parents and family will be awake in London.

The Night Of tells the story of Nazir Khan, a Pakistani-American college student living NY who uses his father's cab one night to go to a party.

This would've also been the first Emmy win for De Niro and McGregor.

Riz Ahmed has become the first man of Asian descent to win an acting award at the Emmys, according to a media report. "If there's enough isolated examples of success over time then the dots start joining up and it is not as slow a process as it sometimes is".

Despite receiving 13 nominations, The Crown only scooped one award - with USA actor John Lithgow winning best supporting actor in a drama series for his portrayal of Sir Winston Churchill. Waithe's win made her the first African American to win in the category. Lena, marking as the first black female writer to win an Emmy, delivered a handsome acceptance speech. "The things that make us different, those are our superpowers". But instead of merely thanking important people in his life, the Outstanding Lead Actor victor used his historical win to raise awareness for a much more important issue.

So too was comedy series Saturday Night Live, which has resurged with its repeated attacks on the US President. With many historic wins, it shows positivity for the representation of people of colour.



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