King, who won the Emmy for her role in “Watchmen,” sported a black T-shirt that read “say her name” above a picture of Taylor. Aduba, whose performance in “Mrs. America” won her the Emmy, donned a shirt with “Breonna Taylor” written in gold script.
The death of Taylor, a Black woman who was fatally shot by police who burst into her home at night, fueled months of protests and calls nationwide for the officers to be criminally charged.
Neither actress addressed Breonna Taylor or police reform directly, but King urged Americans to vote.
“I would be remiss not to mention that, being a part of a show as prescient as ‘Watchmen,” she said.
Aduba later told viewers to “change the world.”
Both actresses accepted the nominations from their homes for the broadcast made virtual amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Damon Lindelof, the showrunner of “Watchmen,” also wore a shirt that referenced the Tulsa race massacre of 1921.
He dedicated the award to the Black victims of the massacre, which has a central role on the show.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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