When it comes to the writing, directing and producing categories at the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards at 5 p.m. Sunday, women still lag far behind men in the number of nominations.
Acting, however, is a different matter.
Honestly, if the best actor in a drama category were gender-neutral, women would dominate.
This is despite the fact that men still make up about 60 percent of the lead roles on TV, according to the Women’s Media Center. In the categories of writing, directing, editing, and producing, women only received an abysmal 26 percent of the nominations this year.
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Of course, with the way the nominations are split between men and women, women automatically get 50 percent of the nominations. But if you consider the powerful performances given this year, women are far and away the big winners.
Just look at the drama category.
Among the best-actress nominees are recent Oscar winner Viola Davis for “How to Get Away With Murder”; Golden Globe winner Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth II in “The Crown”; and the much-acclaimed Elisabeth Moss in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
All three characters are at the center of swirling plots in which the actresses are given ample space to show off their firepower.
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