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Sandra Oh first Asian woman to get Emmy nod for lead actress

13 July 2018

On Thursday morning, Samira Wiley and Ryan Eggold announced the 2018 nominations for 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and Oh nabbed a nod for her work in "Killing Eve".

'I am thrilled for Phoebe Waller Bridge's nomination and for the entire cast/crew of Killing Eve, ' she said in a statement. I feel my community at all times; I am my community at all times. "Oh f**k yes", she wrote to Oh.

Sandra Oh's latest Emmy nomination is a historic one: Her nod for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Killing Eve makes her the first actress of Asian descent to ever be nominated in that category in the Emmys' 70-year history.

The Korean-Canadian star has been in the spotlight since her role as Dr. Cristina Yang in "Grey's Anatomy, and was nominated for an Emmy for best supporting actress in that role five times". She has never won.

Oh has said that she fully understands the responsibility of representing Asian actresses in Hollywood.

Oh is also the only woman of color nominated in the category this year.

As one of just a handful of visible Asian actors working in film and television, Oh was candid when she spoke with ET in January about the importance of playing her part in showing that people who looked like her are capable of subverting stereotypes. "The best way possible that I know how is to find the most interesting material and to do my best work for it".

"The central voice of the show is a woman. Where can I go and see myself in some way?"

She has made history with her role in BBC thriller Killing Eve, in which she plays a security officer on the hunt for a serial killer. "I feel quite serious about it. Hopefully, my community can feel like they have representation as well".

Sandra Oh first Asian woman to get Emmy nod for lead actress