The acclaimed series told the true story of the Central Park Five: Korey Wise, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Antron McCray, and Kevin Richardson, five teenage boys who were wrongfully convicted of raping jogger Trisha Meili in 1989. The men were later exonerated in 2002 after spending between 6 and 13 years in prison. Today, they are known as “The Exonerated Five.”
When They See Us‘s young stars Jharrel Jerome, Asante Blackk, Ethan Herisse, Caleel Harris and Marquis Rodriguez gave incredible performances as the five, and rightfully caught the attention of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
“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,” the DuVernay tweeted following the news.
Jerome celebrated his nomination on Instagram, writing, “Blessed, honored, bewildered, shocked. I’ll have better words to say a little later but right now I can’t breathe, I LOVE YOU FAM.”
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