Jharrel Jerome has won an Emmy for Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role in Netflix’s When They See Us.
The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday. This is Jerome’s first Emmy, he portrayed Korey Wise in When They See Us.
Since the premiere of the show, many fans praised Jerome for his excellent performance in the series. Jerome was the only actor to portray his character’s journey from childhood to adulthood.
The miniseries is based on the lives of Antron, Kevin, Yusef, Raymond, and Korey who were wrongfully convicted of the rape of a female jogger in 1989. The black and Hispanic teenagers were exonerated in 2002.
Ava DuVernay, the writer-director of When They See Us, took the Exonerated Five, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise as her dates for the night.
During his speech, Jharrel thanked Ava for giving him the opportunity and dedicated his award to the Exonerated Five.
“Most importantly, this is for the men that we know as the Exonerated Five,” said the 21-year-old.