CANADIAN actress Sandra Oh, best known for her role as Cristina Yang in Grey’s Anatomy, has made Emmys history by becoming the first nominee of Asian descent in the leading actress in a drama series.

Oh was nominated for her role in the BBC America series Killing Eve as a spy hunting a female assassin.

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The 46-year-old Canadian-born actress has five previous drama supporting actress nominations from 2005-2009 for Grey’s Anatomy.

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Sandra Oh in a scene from Killing Eve. She was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series. Picture: BBC America via APSource:AP

A study of the 2015-16 season released last year concluded that characters of Asian or Pacific Islander descent remain under-represented on television, even on shows set in major cities — which is why Oh’s nomination is so momentous.

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Speaking abut her historic nomination to The Hollywood Reporter, Oh said she is struggling to find the words to describe how important it is.

“I’m struggling to find the right words for it. I feel quite serious about it. What’s a blend of the words ‘seriousness’ and ‘joyous’? I’m absolutely thrilled,” she said.

“I feel my community at all times; I am my community at all times. I have joy not only for the show and myself and family, but also for my community. Hopefully my community can feel like they have representation as well.”

But while she is celebrating the historic achievement, Oh said she hopes the momentum doesn’t slow.

“It cannot rest. I don’t want to rest on the fact that a handful of us have had the opportunity and that it stops there. I want the movement to keep on going. I want the ripple to turn into a wave,” she said, also referencing Riz Ahmed’s leading actor in a drama series win for HBO’s The Night Of, in which he became the first man of Asian descent to win an acting Emmy.

On top of her nomination being a huge win for underrespresented cultures on television, Oh said the show she has been nominated for is a win for female roles on television.

“It is focusing on female psychology and the female psyche and is doing that unabashedly in a thriller. I don’t think that we’ve seen that before,” she said.

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Beloved chef and storyteller Anthony Bourdain received several posthumous Emmy nominations for his series Parts Unknown.Source:SBS

In addition to Oh’s very well-deserved nomination, globetrotting food chronicler Anthony Bourdain has received several posthumous Emmy nominations.

Bourdain’s CNN series, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown got six nods, including two personally for Bourdain as executive producer, host and writer.

A seventh nod went to his Explore Parts Unknown on

Bourdain tragically took his life in early June in eastern France, where he was working on an episode of his show. He was 61.

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