Check out the nominees:
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA: Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us; Carrie Coon, The Leftovers & Fargo; Claire Foy, The Crown; Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies; Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette And Joan; Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale; Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette And Joan
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY: Pamela Adlon, Better Things; Aziz Ansari, Master of None; Kristen Bell, The Good Place; Donald Glover, Atlanta; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep; Issa Rae, Insecure; Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
There's nary a white man on either list, and both are filled to the brim with talented actors and actresses. It's also noteworthy that many of the year's biggest critical and commercial successes, such as Big Little Lies, Insecure, The Handmaid's Tale, Master of None, This Is Us, Veep, and The Crown, tell the stories of women and people of color. So it clearly wasn't hard to come up with a list of 14 deserving nominees who aren't white men.
Furthermore, many of these shows depict women in power and/or the very real struggles faced by women and people of color.
Of course, none of this means that the world is suddenly a better place for marginalized groups. And as the nominee list reflects, non-black people of color, the LGBTQ community, and people with disabilities are barely represented: Mainly because TV shows simply don't tell their stories and that needs to change.
Still, it's a victory to see women and people of color take center stage. This is a major step forward and hopefully by next year, the list will look even more diverse.