2019 Primetime Emmys: When They See Us and Pose Score Major Nominations [Updated]

Jharrel Jerome, left, in When They See Us; Billy Porter in Pose
Jharrel Jerome, left, in When They See Us; Billy Porter in Pose
Photo: Atsushi Nishijima (Courtesy of Netflix), JoJo Whilden (Courtesy of FX)

It’s just about that time for the Television Academy to shine again!

The nominations event for what is considered to be the biggest night in television took place on Tuesday morning, with Ken Jeong (Crazy Rich Asians, You Complete Me, Ho) and D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place, Barry) taking over as emcees this year.


I must admit, I watched the live telecast with a pounding heartbeat as if I were in the running for a nomination or personally knew someone who was. Neither of those is true (yet), but I was extremely impassioned about a certain young man rightfully collecting his things.

And that young man is none other than Jharrel Motherfucking Jerome, who portrayed both young and adult Korey Wise in Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us. Well, that time has come because young Jerome has scored a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie. His first Emmy nod!

I, like many other folks who saw the limited series, immediately began to campaign for Jerome’s Emmy consideration, so I am thrilled this day has come. I called it in my review back in May: “That young man better get his arms ready for some statuettes.” This is just the beginning for Jerome’s elevated life and career.


Mahershala Ali is also in the running with Jerome in the same category, for his portrayal of Wayne Hays in HBO’s True Detective.

Netflix’s When They See Us also received some love for its leading ladies, Aunjanue Ellis (Sharon Salaam) and Niecy Nash (Delores Wise), who each received noms in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie category. The limited series also scored the biggie, Outstanding Limited Series. This is Ellis’ first Emmy nomination (sacrilege!) and Nash’s third.


Plus, after waiting for what seemed like forever, given the show’s ineligibility at last year’s Primetime Emmy Awards, FX’s Pose finally scored a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series. Though there’s some stiff competition (Game of Thrones is nominated after all, and despite criticisms of its last season, the Academy may give it the statuette for its last hurrah), I’m happy the critically-acclaimed show got its nod.

With its Outstanding Series nod, Pose has made history once again! Janet Mock is the first black trans woman and Steven Canals is the first Afro-Latinx producer to be nominated in this particular category in Emmy history.


Also, Billy Porter (Pray Tell) rightfully got his nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, making this his first.


Also, Viola Davis received the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination for her portrayal of Annalise Keating in How to Get Away With Murder. This is her 6th Emmy nomination (with one win, in 2015). Sterling K. Brown also nabbed another nom for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Randall Pearson in This Is Us. Brown currently has two Emmys (2016 and 2017) and six total nominations.

As for comedy, Don Cheadle (Maurice Monroe, Black Monday) and Anthony Anderson (Dre Johnson, Black-ish) are repping the blackness in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category. This is Cheadle’s ninth nomination and Anderson’s sixth.


The big ceremony will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Sept. 22, at 8:00 p.m. ET. The complete list of nominations for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards is below:

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Good Place
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Russian Doll
Schitt’s Creek


Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul
Game of Thrones
Killing Eve
This Is Us

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Billy Porter, Pose
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Laura Linney, Ozark
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie
Mahershala Ali, True Detective
Benicio Del Toro, Escape at Dannemora
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us
Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie
Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
Emma Stone, Maniac
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon
Aunjenaue Ellis, When They See Us
Niecy Nash, When They See Us

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Reality Competition
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice


Outstanding Variety/Talk Series
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Outstanding Limited Series
Escape at Dannemora
Sharp Object
When They See Us


Update: July 16, 2019, 4:21 p.m. ET:

The previously provided list only contains the acting and series nominations as announced via the live telecast. As the Hollywood Reporter noted When They See Us obtained 16 total nominations.


Additionally, the Netflix-Beyoncé documentary, Homecoming received six nominations as well, per Variety.


The full list is available at emmys.com.

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“And that young man is none other than Jharrel Motherfucking Jerome....!”

THIS. GIRL. I was under the hairdryer (on my lunch hour) and screamed out loud and CRIED!! I will be tuned in on September 22. Jharrel IS THE MAN!