Quinta Brunson Makes History With Emmy Nominations for Abbott Elementary

Quinta Brunson
Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris (Getty Images)

Abbott Elementary School fans have a lot to celebrate today, but Quinta Brunsonmake history Emmy Nominations are a particularly special achievement. The ABC sitcom writer, creator and star became the first black woman to earn three Emmy nominations in the comedy category in the same year.

Brunson is nominated for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series (for the pilot episode), and Outstanding Comedy Series. By Variety, she is also the youngest black woman ever nominated in the comedy category at 32 years old. This category has only ever had one black winner in its history (Isabel Sanford for The Jeffersons); Lena Waithe is the only black woman to win in the comedy writing category (as co-writer for master of nothing with Aziz Ansari).

“What an honor to be nominated by the Television Academy. Creating this show has been the greatest gift and having it recognized in this way is the dream. It’s a joy we share with the amazing people who watched our premiere. season,” Brunson said in a statement to hello america. None of this would be possible without my amazing and supportive EP Justin Halpern, Randall Einhorn and Patrick Schumacker, our amazing writers room, our incredibly talented cast and the hardworking crews of ABC and WBTV for helping to bring Abbott Elementary School live. Last but not least, I would like to thank the teachers. Thank you for being our inspiration.

Abbott won seven total nominations, including Brunson’s three. His co-stars Janelle James, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Tyler James Williams earned their own supporting actor nominations. The show was also recognized for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series (which is understandable, given how many cast members ended up being nominated for Emmys).

Chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group, Channing Dungey, praised “the incomparable Quinta Brunson” in a statement, saying, “With Abbott Elementary School, she created a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to public school teachers. Quinta had a singular vision for this show: to tell authentic stories of everyday heroes for network television audiences. And today, she made history as the first black woman to receive three Emmy nominations for a comedy series in a single year! We couldn’t be more excited for his accomplishments and for the whole Abbott crew.”