The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series was awarded to the creator and star of the series “Abbott Elementary” on Monday night. She also won the award for her role as an optimistic second-grade teacher in the series.
Brunson won his second Emmy overall, although this was his first Emmy for acting. However, he had previously won an Emmy for outstanding writing for a comedy series, also for “Abbott Elementary.”
Brunson became the first Black actress to win the category in more than 40 years, and she was only the second person in the history of the Emmy Awards to ever take home the trophy. Her victory this year was not only a significant achievement for her as an actress, but it was also a landmark in the history of the Emmy Awards.
Isabel Sanford was the first and still the only Black woman to ever win the award for lead comedy actress prior to Brunson’s victory. It was in 1981 that she was awarded the golden statue for her performance as Louise Jefferson in the television series “The Jeffersons,” which aired on CBS from 1975 until 1985.
At the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, which took place in 2017, Brunson made history by becoming the first Black woman to be nominated three times in the comedy category.
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She was nominated for outstanding comedy series, outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, and outstanding writing for a comedy series, all of which she ultimately won for her work on “Abbott Elementary.”
It was at the middle of the 2010s that Brunson began publishing comedic films to her own social media accounts as well as while she was employed for BuzzFeed Video. In 2018, she resigned from her position at the company and went on to star in two unproduced television projects.
After that, she made appearances in a number of programs, such as “iZombie” and “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” for a period of time before ABC decided to pick up “Abbott Elementary” in May the same year.
The mockumentary series focuses on the educators working in a fictitious school in Philadelphia that is predominantly home to people of African descent.
Brunson was recognized as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2022 and received a Peabody Award for his work as the show’s originator during its second year of existence.
Brunson experienced a surge of emotion on the red carpet prior to the program on Monday, when she was accompanied by her “heroes,” the actors Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold.