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Ava Duvernay’s ‘When They See Us’ Nabs Record Breaking Emmy Nominations



It was a big morning for Netflix and their hit series “When They See Us.”

The four-part series earned the most nominations for the streaming giant with a whopping 16 Emmy noms including Outstanding Limited Series.

After the nominations were read, show director, co-writer, and producer Ava DuVernay hopped on Twitter to thank the real-life series subjects—Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise—affectionately dubbed The Exonerated Five.

“Thank you to the real men for inviting me to tell their story,” DuVernay wrote. “Thank you @TelevisionAcad for honoring the work. Saluting every single crew and cast member. And saluting Raymond, Korey, Antron, Yusef and Kevin. Love you, brothers.”

DuVernay also picked up writing and directing noms for the series, while Jharrel Jerome, Aunjanue Ellis, Niecy Nash, Asante Black, John Leguizamo, and Michael K. Williams were among the series stars recognized for their acting performance.

Meanwhile, other shows scoring multiple Emmy nominations include Game Of Thrones (32) Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (20), HBO’s Chernobyl (19), Saturday Night Live (18), HBO’s Barry and FX’s Fosse/Verdon (17 apiece).

Read below for a list of standout ( and by that we mean black folk) nominees. This year’s Emmy Awards will air live on Fox from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 22.

Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or TV movie

Mahershala Ali, “True Detective”
Benicio del Toro, “Escape at Dannemora”
Hugh Grant, “A Very English Scandal”
Jared Harris, “Chernobyl”
Jharrel Jerome, “When They See Us”
Sam Rockwell, “Fosse/Verdon”

Outstanding lead actress in a limited series or TV movie

Amy Adams, “Sharp Objects”
Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora”
Aunjanue Ellis, “When They See Us”
Joey King, “The Act”
Niecy Nash, “When They See Us”
Michelle Williams, “Fosse/Verdon”

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series

Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Don Cheadle, “Black Monday”
Ted Danson, “The Good Place”
Michael Douglas, “The Kominksy Method”
Bill Hader, “Barry”
Eugene Levy, “Schitt’s Creek”

Outstanding lead actor in a drama series

Jason Bateman, “Ozark”
Sterling K. Brown, “This is Us”
Kit Harrington, “Game of Thrones”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Billy Porter, “Pose”
Milo Ventimiglia, “This Is Us”

Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series

Alfie Allen, “Game of Thrones”
Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul”
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Giancarlo Esposito, “Better Call Saul”
Michael Kelly, “House of Cards”
Chris Sullivan,  “This Is Us”

Outstanding lead actress in a drama series

Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”
Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”
Laura Linney, “Ozark”
Mandy Moore, “This Is Us”
Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Patricia Arquette, “The Act”
Marsha Stephanie Blake, “When They See Us”
Patricia Clarkson, “Sharp Objects”
Vera Farmiga, “When They See Us”
Margaret Qualley, “Fosse/Verdon”
Emily Watson, “Chernobyl”

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Asante Blackk (“When They See Us”)
Paul Dano (“Escape at Dannemora”)
John Leguizamo (“When They See Us”)
Stellan Skarsgård (“Chernobyl”)
Ben Whishaw (“A Very English Scandal”)
Michael K. Williams (“When They See Us”)

Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Laverne Cox, “Orange Is the New Black”
Cherry Jones “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Apocalypse”
Phylicia Rashad, “This Is Us”
Cicely Tyson, “How to Get Away With Murder”
Carice van Houten, “Game of Thrones”

Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Michael Angarano, “This Is Us”
Ron Cephas Jones, “This Is Us”
Michael McKean, “Better Call Saul”
Kumail Nanjiani, “The Twilight Zone”
Glynn Turman , “How to Get Away With Murder”
Bradley Whitford, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Jane Lynch, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Sandra Oh, “Saturday Night Live”
Maya Rudolph, “The Good Place”
Kristin Scott Thomas, “Fleabag”
Fiona Shaw, “Fleabag”
Emma Thompson, “Saturday Night Live”

Outstanding reality/competition series

“The Amazing Race”
“American Ninja Warrior”
“Nailed It”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

Outstanding Variety Talk Show

“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” 
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“The Late Late Show With James Corden”
“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”

Outstanding limited Series

“Escape at Dannemora”
“Sharp Objects”
“When They See Us”

Outstanding drama series

“Better Call Saul”
“Game of Thrones”
“Killing Eve”
“This Is Us”

Outstanding Informational Series or Special

“Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown”
“Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee”
“Surviving R. Kelly”
“Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath”
“My Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman”

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series or TV Movie

“A Very English Scandal,” Prime Video, Stephen Frears
“Chernobyl,” HBO, Johan Renck
“Escape at Dannemora,” Showtime, Ben Stiller
“Fosse/Verdon,” “Glory,” FX Networks, Jessica Yu
“Fosse/Version,” “Who’s Got the Pain,” FX Networks, Thomas Kail
“When They See Us,” Netflix, Ava DuVernay

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special

“Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool,” CBS (Ben Winston)
“Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé,” Netflix (Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Ed Burke)
“Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All In The Family’ And ‘The Jeffersons’,” ABC (James Burrows, Andy Fisher)
“Springsteen On Broadway,” Netflix (Thom Zimny)
“The Oscars,” ABC (Glenn Weiss)

Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)

“Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met
McCartney Live From Liverpool” (CBS)
“Hannah Gadsby: Nanette” (Netflix)
“Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé” (Netflix)
“Springsteen On Broadway” (Netflix)
“Wanda Sykes: Not Normal” (Netflix)

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