Jharrel Jerome gets a standing ovation from the Exonerated 5 at 2019 Emmys after Lead Actor win

Jharrel Jerome got the crowd on its feet at the 2019 Emmys on Sunday. 

The 21-year-old actor got a standing ovation as he won the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role as Korey Wise in When They See Us. His fellow nominees, Mahershala Ali, Benicio Del Toro, Hugh Grant, Jared Harris and Sam Rockwell paid their respects to his win, but it was the Exonerated Five who cheered the loudest for the Dominican actor. 

"I feel like I should just be in the Bronx right now, chilling, waiting for my mom's cooking or something. But I'm here in front of my inspirations. I'm here in front of people I'm so motivated by, and the reason I'm here is because of actors like the people I was in the category with," Jerome said in his moving acceptance speech.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: <> onstage during the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: (EDITORS NOTE: This image is a retransmission) Jharrel Jerome accepts the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie award for 'When They See Us' onstage during the 71st Emmy Awards on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Jharrel Jerome accepts the Outstanding Lead Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie award for “When They See Us” onstage during the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Jharrel Jerome accepts the Outstanding Lead Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie award for “When They See Us” onstage during the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Jharrel Jerome accepts the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie award for 'When They See Us' onstage during the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Jharrel Jerome accepts the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie award for 'When They See Us' onstage during the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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"I have to thank my mom who is with me today, my beautiful mother. I couldn't do it without her. ... Of course Ava [DuVernay], thank you for giving me this opportunity," he continued. "But most importantly, this is for the men we know as the Exonerated Five."

Antron McCay, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Ava DuVernay, Korey Wise and Yusef Salaam, who walked the red carpet with DuVernay, rose from their seats, giving Jerome a loud applause. "It's for Raymond, Yusef, Antron, Kevin and King Korey Wise," the actor said. "Thank you so much. It's an honor. It's a blessing."

ET spoke with Jerome just after his Emmy nomination was revealed in July, where he shared that his mom would be accompanying him to the awards show. 

"You can bring it all the way back to all the high-school performances she came to see me in, all the middle-school performances, we have so many photos, where were in like a suit and a dress, in front of something. I think this one is definitely going to be the most special one so far," he shared. 

Jerome also discussed how surreal it was to be nominated in the same category as Ali, with whom he starred in Moonlight, his first film. 

"He just had the greatest words of advice and it was to stay strong," he said. "Now that I get to go see him at the Emmys and say, 'Wassup? We're in the same category,' it's a blessing." 

Jerome said the "greatest part," however, was the 16 nominations total that When They See Us earned. "It's not just me. It's the entire family. It's Ava," he expressed. "I'm just happy for them as well."

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: (EDITORS NOTE: This image is a retransmission) Zendaya attends the 71st Emmy Awards on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Emilia Clarke attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Mj Rodriguez attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Kerry Washington attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Greta Lee attends IMDb LIVE After the Emmys Presented by CBS All Access on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Taraji P. Henson attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: L-R: Kendall Jenner and Kim Kardashian attend FOXS LIVE EMMY RED CARPET ARRIVALS during the 71ST PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS airing live from the Microsoft Theater at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 22 (7:00-8:00 PM ET live/4:00-5:00 PM PT live) on FOX. (Photo by FOX Image Collection via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Kathryn Newton attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Ego Nwodim attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Gail Simmons attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Susan Kelechi Watson attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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