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2019 EMMY NOMINATIONS: 'When They See Us' Scoops Up 16 Nods! + Beyonce, Jharrel Jerome, Niecy Nash, Aunjanue Ellis, Billy Porter, Sterling K. Brown & More

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Black Hollywood is shining already for the 2019 Primetime EMMY Awards. Several of your faves have been nominated and we've got the list inside...

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The 2019 Primetime EMMY nominations are IN!

Thankfully, the Television Academy put some respeck on "When They See Us" because the hit Netflix miniseries scooped up a total of 16 nominations. Yes, 16! Yassss!



"When They See Us" - which became the most watched series in Netflix history - was nominated for Outstanding Limited Series. Woot! Also, the four-part series earned the most EMMY nominations for Netflix.





The series was def a hard watch, but SO necessary and the Television Academy took notice. The limited series tells the story of five innocent teens - dubbed the Central Park Five - and their eventual exoneration for violent crimes they didn’t commit.

The illustrious Ava DuVernay picked up a directing and co-writing nominations with Michael Starrbury.

After the nominations were announced, the "When They See Us" director took to Twitter to personally thank the real-life series subjects - Korey Wise, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana - dubbed the Exonerated Five.



“Thank you to the real men for inviting me to tell their story,” Ava tweeted. “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 spoke with Korey Wise after the EMMY nominations were announced and shared what he told her:


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Jharrel Jerome was the breakout star of the series after he totally slayed his portrayal of Korey Wise. Everyone did an amazing job, but Jharrel's acting was incredible and literally had folks breaking down to tears. He has been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. We're keeping our fingers crossed EXTRA tight that he actually wins it. He deserves it. He'll be up against "True Detective" star Mahershala Ali.





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"When They See Us" stars Niecy Nash (who played Delores Wise - Korey Wise's mother) and Aunjanue Ellis (who plays Sharon Salaam - Yusef Salaam’s mother) earned nominations in the Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category. And rightfully so. Both ladies NAILED their roles.





Beyonce's Netflix documentary "Homecoming," scooped up six nominations, including Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded), Outstanding Music Direction, Outstanding Directing, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Production Design, and Outstanding Costumes For Variety.

"Homecoming" could bring her one step closer to EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) status. As of now, she only has the G - for Grammys. By the end of awards season, she could earn an EMMY for "Homecoming" and an Oscar for her contributions to The Lion King soundtrack.

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"This Is Us" actor Sterling K. Brown is a two-time EMMY winner and he's going after his third. He won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2017 and he has been nominated in the same category this year. Sterling will be going up against "POSE" star Billy Porter, who makes history as the first black, openly gay man to be nominated in the category.



"Pose" was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series. Trans stars Mj Rodriguez, Indya Moore, and Dominique Jackson were snubbed, but they still were excited about the show's nomination:




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Will this be Anthony Anderson's year? He has been nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series EMMY Award for his role as Dre Johnson on ABC's hit comedy "black-ish" in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Now, he's up for another one.



This year, the actor will be going up against "Black Monday" actor Don Cheadle.



"How To Get Away With Murder" star Viola Davis - who nabbed her first EMMY Award in 2015 - has been nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama Series.



Also, "RuPaul's Drag Race" was nominated for the Outstanding Reality Competition award and "Surviving R. Kelly" was nominated for Outstanding Informational Series or Special.

You can check out the full list of nominations here.

Below is a video of the EMMY nominations stream:

The the 71st annual Emmy Awards will air live on Sunday, September 22nd 8ET/5PT on FOX. Stay locked to TheYBF.com during the ceremony for all of the #BlackExcellence.


Photos: Getty/Instagram


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