Buried in the secondary categories for the Emmy nominations was a name that is normally in headlines about politics: former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and longtime voting rights activist Stacey Abrams.
She was nominated for an Emmy for “outstanding character voiceover performance” for her work on the ABC show “black-ish.”
During an animated election-themed episode last fall when lead character Dre (Anthony Anderson) was running for Congress, Abrams provides him advice.
Abrams in this category is competing with some major Hollywood talent: the late Jessica Walter (FX’s “Archer”), Maya Rudolph (Netflix’s “Big Mouth”) Julie Andrews (Netflix’s “Bridgerton”), Athens native Tituss Burgess (Apple TV+’s “Central Park”), Stanley Tucci (”Central Park”) and Seth MacFarlane (”Family Guy”).
During her gubernatorial campaign in 2018, she courted Hollywood for money and endorsements. Actors such as Tracee Ellis Ross, Rashida Jones and Uzo Aduba flew to Atlanta to explicitly campaign for her. ProducerWill Packer and actor/rapperChris “Ludacris” Bridges helped raise more than $300,000 her campaign at a fundraising event weeks before the election. Will Ferrell went door to door campaigning for her as well.
She lost to Brian Kemp in a close race. She has not yet publicly committed to a rematch in 2022, but there is a wide expectation she will.
Originally Posted at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution