Critics weigh in on Thuso Mbedu's Emmy snub

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Thuso Mbedu in The Underground Railroad.
Thuso Mbedu in The Underground Railroad.
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The nominees for the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on Tuesday.

One notable snub that has everyone talking is Thuso Mbedu's breakout performance in Barry Jenkins' limited Amazon series, The Underground Railroad

The 30-year-old has previously been nominated twice for an International Emmy for her role in Mzansi Magic's Is'thunzi.

Thuso made history as the first South African actor to be cast in the lead role of an international series.

Her performance has garnered praise from critics, with even Oprah Winfrey calling it a performance of a lifetime.

READ MORE | Oprah Winfrey praises Thuso Mbedu's performance in Underground Railroad

While the series got seven nominations, including Limited Series, it was completely shut out of the acting categories.

Ben Travis for Indiwire writes that Thuso found herself in tight competition in the Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category with Michaela Cole, Cynthia Erivo, Elizabeth Olsen, Anya Taylor-Joy and Kate Winslet getting the nods.

Brian Tallerico for Rolling Stone, in turn, writes: "That's no excuse to dismiss the breathtaking work by Thuso Mbedu, who holds the entire piece together."

About Thuso's performance, Glenn Whipp for the Los Angeles time writes: "She brought a fiery intensity to Cora, the enslaved young woman journeying to freedom, transfixing viewers with every gesture," and adds that there weren't enough viewers as no actor earned a nomination.

The Underground Railroad is available to stream on Amazon Prime. Read our review here.

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