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Emmy Nominees Are the Uplift Black America Needs

From left, Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington and Beyonce Reuters; REX; AP

The nominations for the 68th Emmy Awards were announced today, showing a diverse field of actors of color and productions that feature diverse casts.

This class of nominees represent a stark contrast to the lack of diversity in the Oscar nomination. The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite infamously emerged as a response to only white actors being nominated for the top four acting categories for the second year in a row. The movement forced the nation—and The Academy—to look at the lack of diversity in the film industry, and even led to some celebrities boycotting the Oscars.

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At today's release, Anthony Anderson co-hosted the announcements and in a cute moment, actually announced himself as a nominee for outstanding lead actor for the comedy series, "black-ish."

Beyoncé's visual album "Lemonade" received four nominations for its HBO debut. The film "Confirmation," about Anita Hill received recognition in two categories: executive producer Kerry Washington for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie, and the other for outstanding television movie.

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Actors Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham announce the 2016 nominees for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series during the 68th Emmys Nominations Announcement at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood, California, on July 14, 2016. Valerie Macon / AFP/Getty Images

Here are the rest of the nominees that are elevating black presence in television.

TV Shows/ Limited Series

"American Crime"

Regina King, Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie for role as Terri Lacroix

"black-ish"

Outstanding Comedy Series

Traci Ellis Ross, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for role as Rainbow Johnson in "black-ish"

Anthony Anderson, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, for role as Andre Johnson in "black-ish"

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

Andre Braugher, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for role as Captain Ray Holt in "Brooklyn Nine- Nine"

"Empire"

Taraji P. Henson, "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for role as Cookie Lyon

Outstanding Costumes for a Contemporary Series, Limited Series or Movie and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for "A Rose by any Other Name," Song title: "Good People"

"Fargo"

Bokeem Woodbine, Outstanding Supporting Actor in Limited Series or Movie for role as Mike Milligan

"Getting On"

Niecy Nash, Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for role as Didi Ortley

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Actors Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham present the 68th Emmy Awards nominations announcement at the Saban Media Center on July 14, 2016 in North Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter / Getty Images

"House of Cards"

Reg E. Cathey, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for role as Freddy

Mahershala Ali, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for role as Remy Danton

"How to Get Away with Murder"

Viola Davis, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for role as Annalise Keating

"Key & Peele"

Keegan-Michael Key, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, for role as as various characters in "Key & Peele"

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series, Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special for episode "Y'all Ready for This," Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic) for episode "Y'all Ready for This," Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Program for episode "The End"

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"Little Big Shots starring Steve Harvey"

Steve Harvey, Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program, for hosting Little Big Shots starring Steve Harvey

"Luther"

Idris Elba, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series for role as DCI John Luther

Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie, Outstanding Television Movie

"Orange is the New Black"

Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series

"Roots"

Laurence Fishburne, Outstanding Narrator for role as Alex Haley (Narrator)

Outstanding Limited Series; Outstanding Costumes for a Period/Fantasy, Limited Series of Movie; Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or Special; Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special for the episode "Night Two"; Outstanding Hairstyling for a Limited Series or Movie for episode "Night One"; Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series or Movie (Non-Prosthetic) for episode "Night One"

"Roots: A New Vision"

Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series

"RuPaul's Drag Race"

RuPaul, Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program, for hosting RuPaul's DragShow

Outstanding Costumes for a Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Program for episode "Keeping it 100/RuPaul Only"

"Saturday Night Live"

Tracy Morgan, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for hosting "Saturday Night Live"

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Actors Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham present the 68th Emmy Awards nominations announcement at the Saban Media Center on July 14, 2016 in North Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter / Getty Images

"The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"

Sterling K. Brown, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for role as Christopher Darden

Cuba Gooding Jr, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for role as O.J. Simpson

Outstanding Limited Series; Outstanding Costumes for a Period/Fantasy, Limited Series, Movie or Special; Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie; Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or Special; Outstanding Hairstyling for a Limited Series, Movie or Special; Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special for the episodes "From the Ashes of Tragedy," "The Verdict," and "The Race Card"; Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special for the episode "From the Ashes of Tragedy"' Outstanding Writing Limited Series, Movie or Special for the episodes "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia," "From the Ashes of Tragedy," and "The Race Card"' Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series, Movie or Special (Non-Prosthetic)

"Inside Look: The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story"

Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction Or Reality Series

"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"

Tituss Burgess, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for role as Titus Andromedon

"United Shades of America"

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

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Variety Specials

"Lemonade"

Beyoncé Knowles Carter and Khalil Joseph, Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special

Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction Event or Award Special, Outstanding Variety Special, Outstanding Picture Editing for a Variety Program

"Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House"

Outstanding Music Direction

"Superbowl 50 Halftime Show"

Outstanding Special Class Program

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Beyonce, Chris Martin and Bruno Mars perform during Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on February 7, 2016. Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images

"The Story of God with Morgan Freeman"

Outstanding Informational Series or Special

"The Wiz Live!"

Paul Tazewell, Outstanding Costumes for A Variety, Nonfiction, Event Or Award Special,

Outstanding Production Design For A Variety, Nonfiction, Event Or Award Special; Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special; Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Limited Series, Movie or Special; Outstanding Lighting Design, Lighting Direction for a Variety Special; Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic)

Movies/Documentary

"All the Way"

Bryan Cranston, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie for role as as Lyndon B. Johnson

Melissa Leo, Outstanding Supporting Actress in Limited Series or Movie, for role as Lady Bird Johnson

Outstanding Television Movie;Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series or Movie (Non-Prosthetic); Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special; Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special; Outstanding Hairstyling for a Limited Series or Movie; Outstanding Makeup for Limited Series or Movie (Non-Prosthetic); Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special (Original Dramatic Score)

"Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution"

Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking

"Confirmation"

Kerry Washington, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie for role as Anita Hill

Outstanding Television Movie

TimesTalks Presents: Kerry Washington And Anita Hill  "Confirmation"
Actress Kerry Washington (L) and Lawyer/ Author Anita Hill discuss the film "Confirmation." Roy Rochlin / FilmMagic

"Jackie Robinson"

Keith David, Outstanding Narrator

Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program

"Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill"

Audra McDonald, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for role as Billie Holiday

"What Happened, Miss Simone?"

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera); Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program;Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program; Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera; Outstanding Directing for a Nonfiction Program

The Emmys Award Show will air Sunday, September 18 at 7PM EST

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