Congratulations to Ava DuVernay and the Exonerated 5!
Yesterday, Netflix much-talked-about four-part series, When They See Us, earned the most nominations for the streaming giant with a whopping 16 Emmy nominations including Outstanding Limited Series.
This stirred heartwarming reactions on social media, with the show director, co-writer, and producer Ava DuVernay taking to her Twitter to celebrate and thank the real-life series subjects—Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise, who are 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 nominations 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.
When They See Us, which follows the five Harlem teens who were wrongly convicted first in the media and then twice in the courts for the rape of a jogger in the NYC park. The series was one of the most popular series on the streaming platform, showing up on more than 23 million accounts worldwide
See DuVernay’s tweet below:
It all started here. Thank you to the real men for inviting me to tell their story. 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. #WhenTheySeeUs https://t.co/dkh1EYy1fA
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) July 16, 2019