The 2016 Emmy nominations are being touted by many pundits for their diversity, but at least one group was still left out: Latinos.
Yes, the Emmy nominations, which were announced Thursday morning, put the #OscarsSoWhite-suffering Academy Awards to shame. From "The People vs. O.J. Simpson" stars Courtney B. Vance and Sterling K. Brown to "Fargo" scene stealer Bokeem Woodbine to "Master of None" lead Aziz Ansari to "Blackish" matriarch Tracee Ellis Ross, the Emmys had a much better showing of diversity in its acting nominees that its film equivalent. However, none of the awards show's major acting categories includes a Latino actor or Latina actress.
There are two Latino actors among the nominations, including Oscar Nuñez for Outstanding Actor In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series and Anthony Mendez for Outstanding Narrator, but those are admittedly among the lower profile categories of the nearly 20 acting categories at the Emmys.
Here are four actors and actresses that could have helped represent Latinos in the Emmy nominations this year:
1. Wagner Moura
Wagner Moura received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in the Netflix series "Narcos," but he was snubbed here. The Brazilian actor could have easily been tapped for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series — he even learned Spanish for the iconic role.
2. Sofia Vergara
Vergara has been nominated four times before for her performance as accent-heavy, Colombian mom Gloria in ABC's "Modern Family." She was snubbed this year. While Vergara has received plenty of praise for her role, her exclusion this year stings in light of the lack of other Latino or Latina nominees.
3. Gina Rodriguez
Despite two Golden Globe nominations and one win for her role as Jane Villanueva in the CW comedy-drama series "Jane the Virgin," Rodriguez has never received an Emmy nomination. The Puerto Rican-American actress has been turning in an awards-caliber performance on the show for two seasons now and is overdue for some recognition.
4. "Orange is the New Black"
"Orange is the New Black," a former winner for Outstanding Comedy Series at the Emmys, was snubbed across the board this year, but the absence of actress nominations for the show's ensemble of Latina actresses hurts the most. Season 4, which was just released and will be eligible for the 2017 Emmys, was all about the Latina women's rise to power in the show's prison and sported excellent performances from Dascha Polanco, Jackie Cruz, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Jessica Pimentel. Hopefully they will earn their well deserved nominations next year.