7 Major Latino Emmy Snubs

The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are airing this Sunday on FOX, and we'll be live-blogging the show on Latina.com—so be sure to visit the site often on Sunday! This year, we're rooting for two Latino nominees: Colombian actress Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) and Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez (Carlos). Of course, there could've been (and should've been) many more Latin nominees this year, but we're not exactly surprised: The Emmys have a history of snubbing Latinos for nominations, and in honor of Sunday's show, we came up with a list of the six most shocking Latino snubs in Emmy history. Check it out. 

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1. Emmy Snubs: Kirk Acevedo

Kirk Acevedo, Oz (1997-2003)

The half-Puerto Rican actor's performance as tortured inmate (and gang leader) Miguel Alvarez on HBO's gritty drama, Oz, had all of the makings of an Emmy nominated turn: plenty of nudity, mental illness, a three-dimensional character, and baity, scene-stealing moments full of drama. While the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences didn't even reward Acevedo with a nomination, we think he actually deserved to win an Emmy for this brave performance. Yes, Acevedo's character, Alvarez was a violent, callous, downright scary guy, but Acevedo was smart about his approach to the character. He played Miguel as a victim of circumstance—the son (and grandson) of generations of criminals, all of whom resided in the same prison at one time or another. In every scene, Kirk let us see the pain in Miguel's eyes.

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2. Emmy Snubs: Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno, Oz (1997-2003)

A great actress tells you everything you need to know about her character with her eyes—and that is certainly the case with Rita Moreno's performance in Oz. As Sister Pete Marie Reimondo, a nun who is also a trained psychologist, Moreno had the unenviable task of playing a complex woman who becomes sick with guilt when she realizes that perhaps her life's work isn't making her patients better. 

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3. Emmy Snubs: Freddie Prinze

Freddie PrinzeChico and the Man (1974-1977)

Though he died very young (22), the comedic wunderkind delivered an Emmy-worthy performance as Francisco "Chico" Rodriguez in Chico and the Man, a comedy about a young chicano mechanic (Prinze) who develops an unlikely (but special) friendship with an old man (Jack Albertson) who owns a shop. The half-Puerto Rican Prinze had very little in the way of formal acting training when he joined the hit comedy in 1974, but that didn't matter one bit—what he lacked in method, he more than made up for with his abundance of charm, grace and immense likability. He had John Stamos' sex appeal (and he was a likeable flirt), Wilmer Valderrama's talent for mimicry and accents, and like fellow Latino comedian John Leguizamo—when it came to comedy, he was fearless. 

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4. Emmy Snubs: Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria, Desperate Housewives (2004-Present)

While her three co-leads (Marcia Cross, Terri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman) have all been nominated for Best Actress, Eva Longoria has been snubbed by the Emmys seven years straight. The lack of love for Eva is unfortunate, especially considering that when Desperate Housewives premiered on ABC in 2004, it was Eva's storyline—about her character's affair with her gardener—that made DH a water cooler show and an inevitable hit. Also, Eva's character Gaby is a fan favorite for DH fans, and last season, Eva did her best work ever on the show as a mother struggling to come to terms with the fact that she had an estranged daughter. 



5. Emmy Snubs: Shelley Morrison

Shelley Morrison, Will & Grace (1999-2006)

Like Eva, Spanish actress Shelley Morrison sat on the bench year after year, while her costars Sean Hayes, Debra Messing, Eric McCormack and Megan Mullally got multiple Emmy nominations. But why is that? After all, Shelley's character, maid Rosario inez Consuelo Yolanda Salazar was a favorite among the NBC show's fans, and her scenes with Mullally, who played her stuck up boss Karen Walker on the show, were comedy gold!


6. Emmy Snubs: Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin Bratt, The Cleaner (2008-2009)

Inspired by the touching true story of real-life interventionist Warren Boyd, The Cleaner was a critically acclaimed drama for A & E that starred Benjamin Bratt as William Banks, an ex-con and former heroin addict who used his team of fellow former addicts to help others overcome their drug addictions. The half-Peruvian actor, who had been nominated for an Emmy in 1999 for his role as Det. Rey Curtis on the oiriginal Law & order, wasn't nominated for an Emmy for The Cleaner—despite the fact that the Emmys are known for nominating actors who play real people. 


7. Emmy Snubs: Sara Ramirez

Sara Ramirez, Grey's Anatomy

You'd think that after she stole the show in the Grey’s Anatomy musical episode this year—bringing tears to our eyes and music to our ears—Sara would get some Emmy love. Sadly, it seems the Mexican-American actress’ Callie Torres—a Lesbian orthopedic surgeon—could not move voters quite the way Sandra Oh has in previous years for what is arguably a better performance. 

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