Sandra Oh's Emmy Thrill Mixed With 'Sober Reminder'

She's first person of Asian descent to be nominated for lead actress in a drama
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2018 11:41 AM CDT
This image released by BBC America shows Sandra Oh in a scene from "Killing Eve."   (BBC America via AP)

(Newser) – Emmy nominations were announced Thursday, and no one was more excited than Sandra Oh—not only for the honor of being recognized for her acting skills in BBC America's Killing Eve, but also for being the first person of Asian descent nominated as lead actress in a drama. It's thrilling news for Oh, but also what the Los Angeles Times calls a "sobering reminder of the industry's deep-rooted diversity problem." Oh recognizes that issue and her new part in it. "I've really been learning a lot about the responsibility of that leadership role," the 46-year-old actress says. "We haven't really seen … someone like myself—an Asian person—play this kind of role before. I take that deeply into consideration. Because if that cuts through, it will have ripple effects."

Oh tweeted a shocked-looking photo of herself Thursday after hearing she'd been nominated, along with a stunned, "Omg wtf??" It's not like she's an Emmy newbie, though: Oh nabbed five nominations in the supporting actress category for playing Dr. Cristina Yang on ABC's Grey's Anatomy from 2005 to 2014. Former colleagues from that show are just as stoked as she is for her nomination, per BuzzFeed. Grey's showrunner Shonda Rhimes retweeted Oh's post, while Ellen Pompeo tweeted, "Yes!!! So incredibly happy for @IamSandraOh who deserves this more than anyone..No one can touch this girls dedication to story telling or her talent." Oh's goal now: to "move it forward," she tells the Times. "Let this be a moment where some girl who is 12 and Thai American can look at her Instagram and say, 'Huh, that can be me.'"

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