This year Latinos make big news as nominees of the 64 Primetime Emmy Awards Louis C.K., Hector Ramirez, and Sofia Vergara, shattering the glass ceiling in the number of nominations they each received.
You would think this would make big headlines in other news media, but you only get the inside on Latinos in Hollywood here. Louis C.K. tops the Emmy Award nominations list for an individual in a creative role, with 7 noms. Cameraman Hector Ramirez in #1 on the list with most Emmy nominations of ANY nominee this year, with a total of 68 nominations — that’s nine more than HBO’s Sheila Nevins! Sofia Vergara, is a media darling and all over the news, however an interesting fact that has been overlooked — with this year’s nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Gloria in Modern Family she breaks the record as the first Latina to be nominated three times in a row for the same role!
The only other on-camera Latino nominee is Bobby Cannavale who was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series as Dr. Mike Cruz on Nurse Jackie.
In all only three Latino actors received an Emmy nomination. One can only speculate as to why some of the best talent on television was overlooked.
What happened to Naya Rivera’s Emmy nomination??? She ran a huge Emmy campaign for a nomination. The industry was so hot on the wonderful work she did this last season on Glee. Her character was featured in the show’s landmark 300th musical performance (an Adele uptake), and the trades lauded her performance as Santana Lopez as she who dealt with comng out of the closet this past season. It looked good…the TV academy even singled her out to host a special 10-minute Emmy video that reaches an estimated 25 million people in more than 125 countries. But in the end, the members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (AYAS) who select the nominees and the winners, decided others were more worthy.
Ever wonder who these voting ATAS members are and how you can become one?
I give you few of the overlooked talent this year:
Lauren Velez, who for seven years has been turning in magnificent performances as Lt. Maria LaGuerta on Dexter. She has 4 nominations from broth SAG Awards and the ALMA Awards for this role
David Zayas, also on Dexter, deserves a nomination for his role as Sgt. Angel Batista and doing a fine job.
And while we are on the subject of Dexter, where is the Outstanding Guest Actor nominee for Edward James Olmos and/or Aimee Garcia for their outstanding performances last year!!
Sara Ramirez for her role as Dr. Callie Torres on Grey’s Anatomy. Since 2006 she has been doing a stellar job in this role for which she has received SAG Awards, ALMA Awards and Imagen Award nominations…Madeleine Stowe in ABC’s Revenge; Aubrey Plaza of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Carlos Gomez of A&E’s The Glades and so many others. Take note ATAS members!
On the positive side the Latinos nominated for Emmys behind the camera is where is at. Over 22 Latinos received Emmy noms in the categories of composing, make-up, special effects, hairstylist, editing, lighting design, cinematography, title design and costumes. Some of those nominees include Gus Dominguez, Director of Photography for Project Runway, Composer Javier Navarrete for HBO’s Hemingway & Gellhorn, Gustavo Santaolalla for Main Theme Title music for AMC’s Hell On Wheels, and Ruy Garcia, Sound Effects Editor. Check out all Emmy nominees HERE http://www.emmys.com/nominations.
The 64th Primetime Emmys will be broadcast live on ABC on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 7pm EST.