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Uzo Aduba: All are welcome!

Uzo Aduba is floored by how diverse the Emmy nominees are this year.

The 34-year-old Orange is the New Black star received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy on Thursday.

This year’s list of Emmy nominees are historic, as members of a number of minority communities having been officially acknowledged, and Uzo thinks this signifies significant cultural progress has taken place.

"I'm really glad to see that room and the space in this country and in television has been carved out where… Today felt to me like, ‘ALL are welcome,'” she told E! Online.

Empire star Taraji P. Henson and How to Get Away with Murder actress Viola Davis are the first two African-American women in history to have been nominated in the same Emmy category at the same time. Taraji and Viola are up for the Best Actress in a Drama trophy, and Uzo is rooting for both of them.

"I would love it [if one of them won], not exclusively for that reason. They are women who are deserving. Their talent aligns with people who happen to be of colour,” Uzo explained. “I mean Viola Davis, I have seen her in every medium that she has done. Taraji P. Henson who is a beast on Empire. These are two incredibly qualified actors, the entire category as well, I mean how can we not forget Robin Wright, how can we forget her. But it's a category of wonderfully gifted actors who I'm thankful that we are recognising them."

The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards takes place in Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater on September 20.

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