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The 2017 TCA Awards Nominations Prove It's A Great Time To Be A Woman On TV

Girl power!

The TV landscape is full of diverse and meaty roles for women these days and the 2017 Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards nominations prove just that. With 11 out of 14 spots in the acting categories — which are non-gendered, by the way — going to female thespians, it's a great time for actresses on the small screen.

When it comes to Individual Achievement in Drama, only Sterling K. Brown from NBC's This Is Us was able to sneak into the category. Elsewhere there's Claire Foy from Netflix's The Crown, Nicole Kidman from HBO's Big Little Lies, Elisabeth Moss from Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, both Jessica Lange as well as Susan Sarandon from FX's Feud: Bette And Joan, and Carrie Coon from both HBO's The Leftovers and FX's Fargo. Coon is the first-ever double nomination.

As for Individual Achievement in Comedy, we see Aziz Ansari from Netflix's Master of None and Donald Glover from FX's Atlanta getting recognition. Beyond that, though, there are Pamela Adlon from FX's Better Things, Kristen Bell from NBC's The Good Place, Julia Louis-Dreyfus from HBO's Veep, Issa Rae from HBO's Insecure, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge from Amazon's Fleabag.


This is inspiring news for actresses across all TV genres and shows that this format might just be further ahead of the feature film equivalent as Hollywood has been dealing with fewer opportunities for women despite there being a real appetite for that for women of all ages. There are those looking to improve upon that and there is inclusive content out there, but it's a work in progress. There's work to be done in terms of the role of ladies behind the camera, on the crew, and in front of the camera.

One thing that these nominations also tell us — besides the fact that HBO is the top-nominated network with FX close behind, and there's a three-way tie for the most-nominated show between Atlanta, The Handmaid's Tale, and This Is Us — is that people of color aren't seeing necessarily as much progress. Yes, all three guys nominated were men of color, but when it comes to the ladie,s Rae was the only woman of color to snag a spot.

Progress is progress — but there's always work to be done ensuring that everyone's voice is heard.

(H/T: Variety)

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