Jharrel Jerome‘s won an Emmy for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie” for his portrayal of Korey Wise in the Ava Duvernay-directed Netflix mini-series ‘When They See Us.’
Based on the real life events surrounding the 1988 Central park jogger case that saw five men of color falsely prosecuted for charges related to sexual assault, Jerome’s performance in the four part streaming event was lauded by critics and viewers alike.
Now, the Emmy academy have echoed those sentiments.
Besting fellow nominees Mahershala Ali (True Detective), Benicio Del Toro (Escape at Dannemora), Hugh Grant (A Very English Scandal), Jared Harris (Chernobyl), Sam Rockwell (Fosse/Verdon) on Sunday’s awards show (September 22), Jerome – at just 21-years-old – becomes the youngest Black actor in the ceremony’s history to nab the trophy.
See his acceptance speech inside:
— Variety (@Variety) September 23, 2019
The other Black actors who earned Emmys in the category were Louis Gossett Jr. in 1977, Andre Braugher in 2006, and Courtney B. Vance in 2016. Additonally, Jerome is the first Afro-Latino to win an acting Emmy.
#BlackBoyJoy indeed! Click here to see the night’s full list of winners.