Emmys 2018: Sandra Oh is the first Asian woman to be nominated for Best Lead Actress in a Drama
Sandra Oh made history Thursday during of the 2018 Emmy nominations announcement.
The “Killing Eve” actress became the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated in the Best Actress in a Drama category in the 70-year history of the award show. Oh, 46, portrays MI5 agent Eve Polastri in the murder mystery series that premiered on BBC America in April.
Oh’s parents are both from South Korea. They emigrated to Canada during the 1960s, and Oh was born in Ottawa in 1971.
Earlier this year, Oh opened up about her heartbreak over the under-representation of Asian-American actors in the entertainment industry.
“This is a heartbreak that I feel for my community of Asian-Americans and people who are just not represented, who are not reflected—not a personal heartbreak that I speak about,” she told Elle. “This is much more universal. If you are familiar with that heartbreak, you know what I’m talking about.”
Thursday’s announcement marks the sixth Emmy nomination overall for Oh, who was nominated five years in a row from 2005-2009 for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for her portrayal of Dr. Cristina Yang on “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Oh is joined in the best actress in a drama field this year by Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Claire Foy (“The Crown”), Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) and Kerri Russell (“The Americans”).