List of African-American Primetime Emmy Award nominees and winners

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This is a list of African American Primetime Emmy nominees and winners.

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Facts and figures[edit]

  • As of the 64th Primetime Emmys in 2012, at least one African-American has won in every category except three: Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, and Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
  • Diahann Carroll became the first ever nominee (male or female) in 1963.
  • Bill Cosby became the first ever winner (male or female) in 1964.

Most nominations[edit]

  • Alfre Woodard - 17
  • Cicely Tyson - 9
  • Andre Braugher - 7
  • Isabel Sanford - 7
  • Don Cheadle - 6
  • Ruby Dee - 6
  • Robert Guillaume - 6
  • James Earl Jones - 6
  • Louis Gossett, Jr. - 6
  • Bill Cosby - 5

Most wins[edit]

  • Alfre Woodard - 4
  • Bill Cosby - 3
  • Cicely Tyson - 3
  • Andre Braugher - 2
  • Robert Guillaume - 2
  • James Earl Jones - 2

Lead Actor[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1970 Bill Cosby The Bill Cosby Show Nominated First black actor to be nominated in this category
1970 Lloyd Haynes Room 222 Nominated First black actor to be nominated in this category
1972 Redd Foxx Sanford and Son Nominated
1973 Redd Foxx Sanford and Son Nominated
1974 Redd Foxx Sanford and Son Nominated
1980 Robert Guillaume Benson Nominated
1982 Robert Guillaume Benson Nominated
1983 Robert Guillaume Benson Nominated
1984 Robert Guillaume Benson Nominated
1985 Robert Guillaume Benson Won First black actor to win in this category
1988 Tim Reid Frank's Place Nominated
2002 Bernie Mac The Bernie Mac Show Nominated
2003 Bernie Mac The Bernie Mac Show Nominated
2012 Don Cheadle House of Lies Nominated
2013 Don Cheadle House of Lies Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1966 Bill Cosby I Spy Won First African-American (male or female) to win a Primetime Emmy.
First African-American actor to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy.
First African-American actor to win a Primetime Emmy.
First black actor to be nominated in this category.
First actor to win in this category.
1967 Bill Cosby I Spy Won
1968 Bill Cosby I Spy Won
1981 Louis Gossett, Jr. Palmerstown, U.S.A. Nominated
1991 James Earl Jones Gabriel's Fire Won Second African-American to win this category.
1996 Andre Braugher Homicide: Life on the Street Nominated
1998 Andre Braugher Homicide: Life on the Street Won Third African-American to win this category.
2001 Andre Braugher Gideon's Crossing Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1969 Ossie Davis Teacher, Teacher (Hallmark Hall of Fame) Nominated Category was known as Best Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
First black actor to be nominated in this category.
1970 Al Freeman, Jr. My Sweet Charlie Nominated Category was known as Best Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
1971 Billy Dee Williams Brian's Song Nominated Category was known as Best Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
1977 Louis Gossett, Jr. Roots Won Category was known as Best Actor in a Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance.
First black actor to win in this category.
1977 Levar Burton Roots Nominated Category was known as Best Actor in a Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance.
1977 Ben Vereen Roots Nominated Category was known as Best Actor in a Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance.
1977 John Amos Roots Nominated Category was known as Best Actor in a Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance.
1978 Paul Winfield King Nominated Category was known as Best Actor in a Limited Series.
1979 Louis Gossett, Jr. Backstairs at the White House Nominated
1984 Louis Gossett, Jr. Sadat Nominated
1987 Louis Gossett, Jr. A Gathering of Old Men Nominated
1988 Danny Glover Mandela Nominated
1991 Sidney Poitier Separate But Equal Nominated
1995 Charles S. Dutton The Piano Lesson Nominated
1996 Laurence Fishburne The Tuskegee Airmen Nominated
1997 Laurence Fishburne Miss Evers' Boys Nominated
1997 Sidney Poitier Mandela and de Klerk Nominated
1998 Ving Rhames Don King: Only in America Nominated
1999 Don Cheadle A Lesson Before Dying Nominated
2001 Gregory Hines Bojangles Nominated
2004 Mos Def Something the Lord Made Nominated
2006 Andre Braugher Thief Won Second black actor to win in this category.
2011 Idris Elba Luther Nominated
2011 Laurence Fishburne Thurgood Nominated
2012 Idris Elba Luther Nominated

Lead Actress[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1969 Diahann Carroll Julia Nominated First black actress nominated in this category.
1979 Isabel Sanford The Jeffersons Nominated
1980 Isabel Sanford The Jeffersons Nominated
1981 Isabel Sanford The Jeffersons Won First black actress to win this category.
1982 Nell Carter Gimme a Break Nominated
1982 Isabel Sanford The Jeffersons Nominated
1983 Nell Carter Gimme a Break Nominated
1983 Isabel Sanford The Jeffersons Nominated
1984 Isabel Sanford The Jeffersons Nominated
1985 Isabel Sanford The Jeffersons Nominated
1985 Phylicia Rashad The Cosby Show Nominated
1986 Phylicia Rashad The Cosby Show Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1982 Debbie Allen Fame Nominated First black actress nominated in this category.
1983 Debbie Allen Fame Nominated
1984 Debbie Allen Fame Nominated
1985 Debbie Allen Fame Nominated
1986 Alfre Woodard St. Elsewhere Nominated
1992 Regina Taylor I'll Fly Away Nominated
1993 Regina Taylor I'll Fly Away Nominated
1995 Cicely Tyson Sweet Justice Nominated
2013 Kerry Washington Scandal Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1963 Diahann Carroll "A Horse Has a Big Head, Let Him Worry" episode of Naked City Nominated First African-American (male or female) to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy.

First black actress to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy.

First black actress to be nominated in this category. Guest performances in regular television series were included in the category at this time.

1964 Ruby Dee "Express Stop from Lenox Avenue" episode of The Nurses Nominated Guest performances in regular television series were included in the category at this time.
1966 Eartha Kitt "The Loser" episode of I Spy Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1974 Cicely Tyson The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Won First black actress to win in this category.
First black actress to win a Primetime Emmy.
1977 Leslie Uggams Roots Nominated Category was known as Best Actress in a Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance.
1977 Madge Sinclair Roots Nominated Category was known as Best Actress in a Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance.
1978 Cicely Tyson King Nominated Category was known as Best Actress in a Limited Series.
1979 Olivia Cole Backstairs at the White House Nominated
1982 Cicely Tyson The Marva Collins Story (Hallmark Hall of Fame) Nominated
1987 Alfre Woodard Unnatural Causes Nominated
1990 Alfre Woodard A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story (The Magical World of Disney) Nominated
1991 Lynn Whitfield The Josephine Baker Story Won Second black actress to win in this category.
1995 Alfre Woodard The Piano Lesson (Hallmark Hall Of Fame) Nominated
1997 Alfre Woodard Miss Evers' Boys Won Third black actress to win in this category.
2000 Halle Berry Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Won Fourth black actress to win in this category.
2002 Angela Bassett The Rosa Parks Story Nominated
2005 S. Epatha Merkerson Lackawanna Blues Won Fifth black actress to win in this category.
2005 Halle Berry Their Eyes Were Watching God Nominated
2007 Queen Latifah Life Support Nominated
2008 Phylicia Rashad A Raisin in the Sun Nominated
2009 Chandra Wilson Accidental Friendship Nominated
2011 Taraji P. Henson Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story Nominated

Guest Actor[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1976 Roscoe Lee Browne Barney Miller Nominated Category was known as Best Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Comedy or Drama Series.
1986 Roscoe Lee Browne The Cosby Show Won Category was known as Guest Performer in a Comedy Series.
First black actor to win in this category.
1986 Stevie Wonder The Cosby Show Nominated Category was known as Guest Performer in a Comedy Series.
1986 Earle Hyman The Cosby Show Nominated Category was known as Guest Performer in a Comedy Series.
1989 Sammy Davis Jr. The Cosby Show Nominated
1989 Cleavon Little Dear John Won Second black actor to win in this category.
1997 James Earl Jones Frasier Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1993 Laurence Fishburne Tribeca Won First African-American to win this category.
1994 James Earl Jones Picket Fences Nominated
1995 Paul Winfield Picket Fences Won Second African-American to win this category.
1996 Danny Glover Fallen Angels Nominated
1996 Richard Pryor Chicago Hope Nominated
1997 Louis Gossett Jr. Touched by an Angel Nominated
1999 Charles Dutton Oz Nominated
2002 Charles Dutton The Practice Won Third African-American to win this category.
2003 Charles Dutton Without a Trace Won
2002 Don Cheadle ER Nominated
2004 James Earl Jones Everwood Nominated
2005 Ossie Davis The L Word Nominated
2007 Forest Whitaker ER Nominated
2008 Glynn Turman In Treatment Won Fourth African-American to win this category.

Guest Actress[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1986 Clarice Taylor The Cosby Show Nominated Category was known as Guest Performer in a Comedy Series.
1988 Beah Richards Frank's Place Won First black actress to win in this category; however, Category was known as Guest Performer in a Comedy Series.
1989 Diahann Carroll A Different World Nominated First black actress to be nominated in this category (separate categories for actors and actresses).
1991 Whoopi Goldberg A Different World Nominated
1993 Ruby Dee Evening Shade Nominated
2012 Maya Rudolph Saturday Night Live Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1986 Whoopi Goldberg Moonlighting Nominated First black actress to be nominated in this category.
Category was known as Guest Performer in a Drama Series.
1987 Alfre Woodard L.A. Law Won First black actress to win in this category.
Category was known as Guest Performer in a Drama Series.
1988 Alfre Woodard St. Elsewhere Nominated Category was known as Guest Performer in a Drama Series.
1990 Ruby Dee China Beach Nominated
1995 CCH Pounder The X-Files Nominated
1998 Alfre Woodard Homicide: Life on the Street Nominated
2000 Beah Richards The Practice Won Second black actress to win in this category.
2003 Alfre Woodard The Practice Won Third black actress to win in this category.
2008 Diahann Carroll Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2009 CCH Pounder The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Nominated
2011 Loretta Devine Grey's Anatomy Won Fourth black actress to win in this category.
2011 Alfre Woodard True Blood Nominated
2012 Loretta Devine Grey's Anatomy Nominated

Supporting Actor[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1979 Robert Guillaume Soap Won First African-American nominated in this category.
First to win in this category.
1982 Ron Glass Barney Miller Nominated
1983 Eddie Murphy Saturday Night Live Nominated
1986 Malcolm-Jamal Warner The Cosby Show Nominated
1989 Meshach Taylor Designing Women Nominated
2009 Tracy Morgan 30 Rock Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1969 Greg Morris Mission: Impossible Nominated Category was known as Best Continued Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series.
First African-American nominated in this category.
1970 Greg Morris Mission: Impossible Nominated Category was known as Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Drama.
1972 Greg Morris Mission: Impossible Nominated Category was known as Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Drama.
1982 Taurean Blacque Hill Street Blues Nominated
1995 James Earl Jones Under One Roof Nominated
1995 Eriq La Salle ER Nominated
1996 James McDaniel NYPD Blue Nominated
1997 Eriq La Salle ER Nominated
1998 Eriq La Salle ER Nominated
1999 Steve Harris The Practice Nominated
2000 Steve Harris The Practice Nominated
2002 Dulé Hill The West Wing Nominated
2010 Andre Braugher Men of a Certain Age Nominated
2011 Andre Braugher Men of a Certain Age Nominated
2012 Giancarlo Esposito Breaking Bad Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1977 Yaphet Kotto Raid on Entebbe (The Big Event) Nominated First African-American to be nominated in this category.
Category was known as Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special.
1977 Moses Gunn Roots Nominated First African-American to be nominated in this category.
Category was known as Best Supporting Actor in a Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance.
1978 Ossie Davis King Nominated Category was known as Best Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
1979 Al Freeman Roots: The Next Generations Nominated
1979 Paul Winfield Roots: The Next Generations Nominated
1989 Danny Glover Lonesome Dove Nominated
1990 James Earl Jones By Dawn's Early Light Nominated
1991 James Earl Jones Heat Wave Won First African-American to win in this category.
1992 Ben Vereen Intruders Nominated
1996 Andre Braugher The Tuskegee Airmen Nominated
1997 Obba Babatundé Miss Evers' Boys Nominated
1997 Ossie Davis Miss Evers' Boys Nominated
1999 Don Cheadle The Rat Pack Nominated
2000 Danny Glover Freedom Song Nominated
2002 Don Cheadle Things Behind the Sun Nominated
2004 Jeffrey Wright Angels in America Won Second African-American to win in this category.

Supporting Actress[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1981 Marla Gibbs The Jeffersons Nominated First black actress to be nominated in this category.
1982 Marla Gibbs The Jeffersons Nominated
1983 Marla Gibbs The Jeffersons Nominated
1984 Marla Gibbs The Jeffersons Nominated
1984 Paula Kelly Night Court Nominated
1985 Marla Gibbs The Jeffersons Nominated
1986 Lisa Bonet The Cosby Show Nominated
1986 Keshia Knight Pulliam The Cosby Show Nominated
1987 Jackee Harry 227 Won First black actress to win in this category.
1988 Jackee Harry 227 Nominated
2006 Alfre Woodard Desperate Housewives Nominated
2007 Vanessa Williams Ugly Betty Nominated
2008 Vanessa Williams Ugly Betty Nominated
2009 Vanessa Williams Ugly Betty Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1970 Gail Fisher Mannix Won First black actress to win in this category.
1971 Gail Fisher Mannix Nominated
1972 Gail Fisher Mannix Nominated
1973 Gail Fisher Mannix Nominated
1983 Madge Sinclair Trapper John, M.D. Nominated
1984 Alfre Woodard Hill Street Blues Won Second black actress to win in this category.
1984 Madge Sinclair Trapper John, M.D. Nominated
1985 Madge Sinclair Trapper John, M.D. Nominated
1991 Madge Sinclair Gabriel's Fire Won Third black actress to win in this category.
1992 Mary Alice I'll Fly Away Nominated
1993 Mary Alice I'll Fly Away Won Fourth black actress to win in this category.
1997 CCH Pounder ER Nominated
1997 Della Reese Touched by an Angel Nominated
1997 Gloria Reuben ER Nominated
1998 Della Reese Touched by an Angel Nominated
1998 Gloria Reuben ER Nominated
2005 CCH Pounder The Shield Nominated
2006 Chandra Wilson Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2007 Chandra Wilson Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2008 Chandra Wilson Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2009 Chandra Wilson Grey's Anatomy Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1977 Olivia Cole Roots Won First black actress to be nominated in this category.
First black actress to win in this category.
Category was known as Best Supporting Actress in a Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance.
1977 Cicely Tyson Roots Nominated First black actress to be nominated in this category.
Category was known as Best Supporting Actress in a Drama or Comedy Series, Single Appearance.
1979 Ruby Dee Roots: The Next Generations Nominated
1979 Esther Rolle Summer of My German Soldier Won Second black actress to win in this category.
1985 Alfre Woodard Words by Heart (Wonderworks) Nominated
1988 Ruby Dee Gore Vidal's Lincoln Nominated
1989 Paula Kelly The Women of Brewster Place Nominated
1991 Ruby Dee Decoration Day Won Third black actress to win in this category.
1994 Cicely Tyson Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Won Fourth black actress to win in this category.
1996 Alfre Woodard Gulliver's Travels Nominated
1999 Cicely Tyson A Lesson Before Dying Nominated
2001 Audra McDonald Wit Nominated
2006 Alfre Woodard The Water Is Wide (Hallmark Hall Of Fame Presentation) Nominated
2008 Audra McDonald A Raisin in the Sun Nominated
2008 Alfre Woodard Pictures Of Hollis Woods (Hallmark Hall Of Fame Presentation) Nominated
2009 Cicely Tyson Relative Stranger Nominated
2013 Alfre Woodard Steel Magnolias Nominated

Non-Acting/Performance[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
2009 Millicent Shelton 30 Rock Nominated
2010 Paris Barclay Glee Nominated
2013 Paris Barclay Glee Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1998 Paris Barclay NYPD Blue Won
1999 Paris Barclay NYPD Blue Won
2002 Paris Barclay The West Wing Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1999 Ja'net Dubois The PJs Won First African-American to win this category.
2001 Ja'net Dubois The PJs Won
2005 Keith David Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Won Second African-American to win this category.
2008 Keith David The War Won

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1977 Quincy Jones "Roots" Won First African-American to win this category.

Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1960 Harry Belafonte The Revlon Revue Won First African-American to win this category.
1986 Whitney Houston The 28th Annual Grammy Awards Won Second African-American to win this category.
1994 Whoopi Goldberg The 66th Annual Academy Awards Nominated Category known as Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program.
1996 Whoopi Goldberg The 68th Annual Academy Awards Nominated Category known as Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program.
1996 Whoopi Goldberg Comic Relief VII Nominated Category known as Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program.
2003 Wayne Brady Whose Line is it Anyway? Won Third African-American to win this category.
2005 Whoopi Goldberg Whoopi: Back to Broadway - The 20th Anniversary Nominated

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement - Special Class[edit]

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement - Special Class
Year Name Show Status Milestone
1981 Sarah Vaughn Rhapsody and Song-A Tribute to George Gershwin Won
1982 Andre De Shields Ain't Misbehavin' Won
1982 Nell Carter Ain't Misbehavin' Won
1982 Gregory Hines I Love Liberty Nominated