Netflix’s highly watched four-part series, When They See Us earned the most nominations for the streaming giant with a whopping 16 Emmy nods including Outstanding Limited Series.

After the nominations were read, show director, co-writer, and producer Ava DuVernay took to Twitter to thank the real-life series subjects Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise who have since been dubbed The Exonerated Five.


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 among the series stars recognized for their acting performance.

When They See Us, which follows the five Harlem teens who were incorrectly convicted first in the media and then twice in the courts for the brutal r*** of a jogger in the NYC park, was one of the most popular series on the streaming platform, showing up on more than 23 million accounts worldwide.


The road to making ‘When They See Us’ started with a 2015 Tweet by Raymond Santana urging DuVernay to take on the project and as they say, the rest is history.