Laurence Fishburne Wins Emmy for Quibi’s ‘FreeRayshawn’

#FreeRayshawn (Credit: Quibi)

#FreeRayshawn castmates Laurence Fishburne and Jasmine Cephas Jones picked up Emmys on Thursday night at the 2020 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

Fishburne received the award for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for his portrayal of New Orleans Police Department Lt. Steven Poincy. Jones won the Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series honor for her role as Tyisha on the series.

#FreeRayshawn centers on a Black Iraq War veteran, played by Stephan James, who finds himself in a showdown with a New Orleans SWAT team and tries to talk his way out of the situation with the help of a sympathetic officer. The short form series runs on the Quibi streaming service.

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The night’s other winners included Maya Rudolph, who took home the Emmy for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance for voicing Connie the Hormone Monstress on Netflix’s animated sitcom Big Mouth.

The Outstanding Original Interactive Program award went to The Messy Truth VR Experience, which was created by Van Jones. Producers include Jones, Brie Larson, Jana Carter, Elijah Allan-Blitz, and Elijah Allan-Blit. The Messy Truth is an original virtual reality series that puts viewers in the shoes of people from other walks of life, in communities that may be unfamiliar to them.

This year’s Creative Arts Emmys are streaming virtually over a total of five nights. Awards in the top 23 categories in comedy, drama, competition, limited and variety talk series will be presented during the Primetime Emmys telecast.

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sunday, Sept. 20 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

A complete list of the night’s winners can be found here.