Sandra Oh Is the First Asian Woman Nominated For A Best Actress Emmy

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Sandra Oh's turn on Killing Eve has made history, with Oh becoming the first Asian woman ever nominated for a Best Actress Emmy Award.

Oh has been previously nominated 5 times for best Supporting Actress for her role as Cristina Yang on Grey's Anatomy. On BBC America's Killing Eve, she portrays Eve Polastri, a frustrated spy working for MI5. 

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She told Vanity Fair that when she first read the script for the show, she had thought the team were asking her to audition for the receptionist role. On the importance of Asian representation in film and television, she also said: “I’ll continue doing everything I can to fill something that I know you need right now, that we don’t yet have as a community.”

Last year, Donald Glover became the first black director to win an Emmy for Atlanta, and Lena Waithe the first black woman to win the award for Oustanding Comedy Writing. 

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