Shira Haas receives Emmy nomination for 'Unorthodox'

The series, "Unorthodox," also received a nomination for an Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series.

Shira Haas in 'Unorthodox' (photo credit: ANIKA MOLNAR/NETFLIX)
Shira Haas in 'Unorthodox'
(photo credit: ANIKA MOLNAR/NETFLIX)
Israeli actress Shira Haas received a nomination for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her performance in Unorthodox, a Netflix  series in which she portrays a young Haredi woman from Brooklyn who flees to Berlin and embraces a secular lifestyle.
The nominations were announced in an online broadcast from Los Angeles on Tuesday.
The series, Unorthodox, which was based on the memoir by Deborah Feldman and which was created by Anna Winger, also received a nomination for Outstanding Limited Series.
In a video released on Twitter, Haas gushed in Hebrew about  her nomination, saying, “I just heard the crazy news just like you, I’m in shock. . . I thank you all so much for everything, for the love and the support. I’m still speechless, but I hope soon I’ll find the words. I am so full of gratitude and love and . .. ahh! Thanks!” and blew a kiss.
The 25-year-old Haas has been having a stellar year. She won the Best Actress Award at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, which was held online due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, for her performance in Ruthy Pribar's film, Asia.
Haas has received worldwide acclaim for her performance in Unorthodox, including a nomination for a Deutscher Fernsehpreis award, the German Emmy. She has been interviewed by many publications and recently did an interview and fashion shoot for Elle magazine. She is currently preparing to film the third season of Shtisel, an Israeli series about an ultra-Orthodox family in Jerusalem that has been shown internationally on Netflix.
Haas's fellow US Emmy nominees in her category include three Oscar-winning actresses -- Cate Blanchett, Regina King and Octavia Spencer -- as well as Kerry Washington.
In recent years, the Oscars have drawn criticism for not having a diverse enough group of nominees, and this year, it seems that the Emmy nominating voters made sure that — in light of the Black Lives Matter movement and widespread protests against police brutality across the US — there would be a fair representation of every race and background among Emmy nominees. In Haas’s category, for example, three out of five actresses are African American, and there were diverse nominees  in many categories. Not surprisingly, HBO’s Watchmen, a drama series about African-American superheroes fighting racist violence, led the nominations with 26 in all.
There were also more than a few nominations for feminist-themed programs, including The Handmaid’s Tale, a look at a dystopian future in which fertile women are enslaved and forced to breed, which received three nominations including Outstanding Drama Series; Mrs. American, a look at right-wing backlash against feminism, which received five nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series; and Unbelievable, a drama female detectives on the trail of a serial rapist, which received two nominations. including Outstanding Limited Series.
Jewish-themed shows also received quite a few nods. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the series about a female Jewish standup comic, received seven nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series and a nomination for Alex Borstein for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy. The Kominsky Method, about an elderly actor and his producer friend, received three nominations: Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for Michael Douglas and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Alan Arkin. Schitt’s Creek, a series about a rich, Jewish family that loses its money and has to move to a small town, got five nominations, including for Outstanding Comedy Series, and Outstanding Actor and Supporting Actor nods for real-life father and son, Eugene Levy and Dan Levy.
Other Jewish nominees included Julia Garner, whose mother is Israeli, for her supporting performance as a tough redneck in Ozark and Tracee Ellis Ross for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for black-ish (her mother is Diana Ross and her father is Ross’s former business manager, Robert Ellis Silberstein).
Jerry Seinfeld’s series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and Jeff Goldblum’s The World According to Jeff Goldblum were nominated in the Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special category.
The  Emmy winners will be announced in a ceremony on September 21.