He is also just the fifth person of South Asian descent to be nominated in an acting category. Singer-actress Monica Dogra’s international docu-series “Woman With Gloria Steinem” — based on gender-related violence — has been nominated in the Outstanding Documentary or Non Fiction Series category.
Ansari, who is also nominated for writing and directing “Master of None”, co-created the Netflix comedy with Alan Yang. Aziz Ansari and Yang are currently busy writing season 2 of “Master of None”which will debut on Netflix next April.
The 33-year-old actor plays Dev, an actor trying to make it in New York. “Master of None”, which is up for best comedy, crystallized diversity challenges in Hollywood in the show’s fourth episode, titled “Indians” on TV.
“I think every minority actor runs into that. You hear people say things like, ‘Oh, they already got the black guy.’ Or, ‘Oh, they already got their Asian lady.’ It kind of feels like, to minority actors that I’ve spoken with, once they have one (minority actor cast) they’re like, OK, we’ve placated the ‘diversity issue.’ That was coming from a real place,” Ansari said. Casual racism has also been also addressed in the show. “If you’re a minority, you’re experiencing all sorts of casual racism all the time. And at a certain point, you just get numb to a lot of it, and you’re like, whatever.” Ansari said.
Meanwhile Dogra says,”I can’t believe that ‘Woman...’ has been nominated for best non-fiction series! But at the same time, I feel like the series as a whole well deserved it.” “Thanks to Gloria Steinem and the entire production team, we are bringing very important women’s issues to light through the power of mainstream media. But an Emmy! This is one of the most prestigious honours. I feel lucky and blessed,” she added. Steinem is the executive producer and host of the series, which is nominated alongside “American Masters”, “Chef’s Table”, “Making A Murderer” and “The Seventies” in the category. The 68th Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be held at The Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 18.