Sandra Oh is Now the Most Emmy Nominated Asian Performer in History

Sandra Oh has officially become the most nominated Asian performer in the 70-year history of the Primetime Emmy Awards.

On Tuesday, Oh received her second consecutive Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination for her role as Eve Polastri on BBC America’s “Killing Eve,” as well as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for hosting “Saturday Night Live” in March.


From 2005 to 2009, Oh received five straight Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nominations for her role as Cristina Yang on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Last year, she became the first woman of Asian descent to ever be nominated for Lead Actress for either a Drama or Comedy Series.

“Images are extremely important to culture, and being a part of that image making, I take a great responsibility, and I’m very grateful for my job to be able to do so,” Oh told Entertainment Tonight at last year’s red carpet. “I hope that the wave continues and we see real change.”

“But it’s also [important] to be patient, you know what I mean? Because change is slow and I don’t want people to ever give up on it.”

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While the 47-year-old star is yet to take home her first Emmy, she has now become the most nominated Asian actress in the award show’s history.

She has also won a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award for playing Polastri.

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Aside from Oh, another Asian American, Kumail Nanjiani, secured a Guest Actor in a Drama Series nomination for his appearance on “The Twilight Zone.”

The 41-year-old Pakistani American actor is best known for writing his 2017 rom-com “The Big Sick,” as well as playing Dinesh Chugtai on HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” which also received multiple Emmy nominations.

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