When word originally circled behind Ava Duvernay teaming up with Netflix for a documentary on the ‘Central Park Five’ feathers were ruffled at just the thought of re-living such a traumatic time. Now knowing what to expect what could be determined was that the cement would crack on the case that changed five young mens lives for the worst. Created into a four-part series on Streaming Giant Netflix, ‘When They See Us’ took the world on a roller coasters of emotions with such delicate and raw performances displaying of the dishonesty and giving a voice and visibility to the falsely accused young black men Antron McCray, Korey Wise, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Yusef Salaam.
Today the Emmy Nominations were released and proudly, the story made an impact snabbing 16 total nominations. The entry raked in the most noms for the streaming platform which also include a nomination for Outstanding Limited Series. After the list was read live, Duvernay took to Twitter with a heartfelt thank you to the men involved in making it all possible. “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.” Catching the view of 23 million accounts worldwide on the platform, 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 all recognized for their acting performance in the series.
As the entire world is still rooting for the now “Exonerrated Five” to continue winning, the Emmy Awards will be held live on September 22nd