Killing Eve star Sandra Oh makes Emmy Awards history

Ben Lee

From Digital Spy

Sandra Oh has made Emmy Awards history as she became the first Asian woman to be nominated for lead actress in a drama series with BBC America's Killing Eve.

The Asian-Canadian star has previously been nominated five times in the supporting category for Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Cristina Yang, a role for which she also earned one Golden Globe win in 2006.

But this latest nomination (Oh plays MI5 officer Eve Polastri) breaks new ground, recognising that Asian stars can absolutely lead their own shows to acclaim and success.

In an interview with Elle earlier this year, Oh discussed the heartbreak of not receiving certain offers for four years despite her popularity among both fans and critics on Grey's Anatomy.

"I want to make [clear] that this is not a personalised grief, it's not a personalised heartbreak – I feel it for my community," she said at the time. "This is a heartbreak that I feel for my community of Asian-Americans and people who are just not represented, who are not reflected – not a personal heartbreak that I speak about.

"This is much more universal. If you are familiar with that heartbreak, you know what I'm talking about."

Not surprisingly, Asian Twitter were incredibly excited for Oh and her Emmy nomination, with stars Constance Wu, Chloe Bennet, Lewis Tan, and Ally Maki among those tweeting their delight.





















Also starring Jodie Comer, Phoebe Waller-Bridge's drama will definitely be back for a second season, having been renewed back in April.

Oh will be up against Claire Foy (The Crown), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale), Keri Russell (The Americans), and Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld).

The 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards – honouring the best in primetime television programming from June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018 – will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California on Monday, September 17.

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