More history could be on the horizon for Jharrel Jermone. Last month, the “When They See Us” star became the first man in his 20s to win Best Limited Series/TV Movie Actor at the Emmys. In January, he could become the youngest winner in the Golden Globes’ corresponding category.
Jerome turned 22 on Oct. 9, so he would eclipse the current record holder, James Franco, who was 23 when he prevailed for “James Dean” in 2002. He’d also be just one of three twentysomethings to have won the award, which was first given out in 1982 and like at the Emmys, favors older actors; Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who was 28 at the time of his win for “Elvis” in 2006, is the other.
SEE ‘When They See Us’ star Jharrel Jerome makes Emmy history as first man in his 20s to win limited series/TV movie actor
Franco and Rhys Meyers were also Emmy-nominated for their performances, but unlike Jerome, they did not win. (Jerome was the first twentysomething Emmy nominee since Rhys Meyers and the first under-25 one since Franco. He is not, however, the youngest Emmy winner in that category as Anthony Murphy won at 17 for “Tom Brown’s Schooldays” in 1973.)
As with the Emmys, the Globes had been trending a tad younger in recent years with its winners. Then-36-year-old Oscar Isaac (“Show Me Hero”) and then-35-year-old Tom Hiddleston (“The Night Manager”) won in 2016 and 2017, respectively. And reigning champ Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) became the third youngest winner at 31.
Jerome, who gave “When They See Us” its biggest Emmy win for his performance as Korey Wise, currently sits atop our Globes odds. His Emmy rivals Jared Harris (“Chernobyl”) and Sam Rockwell (“Fosse/Verdon”) are in second and third, followed by Aaron Paul (“El Camino”) — who never won for “Breaking Bad” — and Russell Crowe (“The Loudest Voice”).
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