Why Sandra Oh Made History Earning Best Actress Emmy Nomination

Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh has made Emmy history!  Why? The 46-year-old received an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series on Thursday for her role as MI5 security officer Eve Polastri in the BBC America thriller Killing Eve, becoming the first actress of Asian descent to earn a nod in that category.

This marks the sixth Emmy nomination for the actress, who was born in Canada to Korean parents. She was previously nominated five times for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Cristina Yang in Grey’s Anatomy.

“I feel tremendous gratitude and joy with this nomination,” Oh said in a statement to E! News. “I am thrilled for Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s nomination and for the entire cast/crew of Killing Eve. I share this moment with my community. PS. I think my mother at this moment may actually be satisfied.”

Oh will compete with The Crown’s Claire Foy, The Handmaid’s Tale’s Elisabeth Moss, The Americans’ Keri Russell, Westworld’s Evan Rachel Wood and Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany.