This Is Why Sandra Oh's Emmy Nom for 'Killing Eve' Is a Big Deal

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"Killing Eve" via BBC America/"Grey's Anatomy" via ABC

'Grey's Anatomy' turned 'Killing Eve' star makes Emmy Awards history by becoming the first Asian woman nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama.

Sandra Oh's 2018 Emmy Nomination for 'Killing Eve' Makes History

"Killing Eve" via BBC America

Ever since her departure from Grey's Anatomy, Sandra Oh, who played the lovely Cristina Yang, has been out of the spotlight. That is, until she landed the lead role of MI5 officer Eve Polastri for BBC America's Killing Eve.

Today, Oh made history with her 2018 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, making her the first Asian woman to be nominated for the category in the award show's existence.

While receiving an Emmy nomination is nothing new to Oh, seeing as she received five nominations for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work on Grey's Anatomy, the 2018 nod to Oh officially marks a huge win for the Asian community in television.

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In an interview with Digital Spy, Oh shared her feelings on her nomination, including one thing that hits close to home to the Asian community.

"I feel tremendous gratitude and joy with this nomination," the Asian-Canadian actress said. "I am thrilled for Phoebe Waller-Bridge's nomination and for the entire cast/crew of Killing Eve. I share this moment with my community. PS. I think my mother at this moment may actually be satisfied."

"Killing Eve" via BBC America

Now, if you are still wondering what the big deal is, I'll help you out with a little bit of help from Oh herself.

The Asian community is often misrepresented or simply missing from the narrative entirely in popular television and film in the United States. Even after fans and critics praised her work on Grey's Anatomy, Oh revealed her heartbreak she felt while waiting for great roles.

"I want to make [clear] that this is not a personalized grief, it's not a personalized heartbreak – I feel it for my community," Oh said in an interview with Elle. "This is a heartbreak that I feel for my community of Asian-Americans and people who are just not represented, who are not reflected – not a personal heartbreak that I speak about. This is much more universal."

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Whatever happens on Emmy night, happens. While we're obviously rooting for our girl to win, Oh's nomination alone means more Asian stars will be cast in lead roles, proving that they are clearly capable of leading their own shows and captivating audiences alike.

Take that, Hollywood. Sandra Oh is breaking barriers, and Asian actors and actresses are here to stay. So, get ready.