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Cephas Jones won for his role as William Hill, the biological father of Sterling K. Brown’s Randall Pearson, on This Is Us. This is his fourth nomination and second win for the character. The announcement of his win led to temporary confusion when the virtual ceremony showed Cephas Jones’ name as the winner but the announcer declared fellow nominee Jason Bateman as the winner. The feed was quickly cut before an acceptance video could be shown, and later returned with a correction “Our apologies, an incorrect winner has been announced. We’re fixing it now. Please don’t go away,” before clarifying Cephas Jones as the winner.
Cephas Jones beat out guest actor nominees Bateman (The Outsider), Andrew Scott (Black Mirror), James Cromwell (Succession), Giancarlo Esposito (The Mandalorian) and Martin Short (The Morning Show). Jones’ daughter Jasmine Cephas Jones won an Emmy earlier in the week for her role in Quibi’s #Freerayshawn, marking the first time a father and daughter have won an award in the same year.
Later in the ceremony, Cherry Jones won for her role as Nan Pierce in Succession, a category she also won last year for her guest performance on The Handmaid’s Tale. This marks her fourth nomination and third win, along with her 2009 recognition for playing President Allison Taylor on 24.
In her speech, Cherry Jones celebrated her fellow nominees as “masters of their craft” and thanked “all of the outrageously gifted artists who concoct and make Succession, especially [showrunner] Mr. [Jesse] Armstrong and my friend [executive producer] Mr. [Frank] Rich. Thank you for allowing my Piece cousins and me to come and do battle with your rotten Roys. It was an artistic high.”
She was up against Cicely Tyson (How to Get Away with Murder), Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black), Harriet Walter (Succession), Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Phylicia Rashad (This Is Us).
The winners were announced as part of the five-night virtual Creative Arts Emmys event hosted by Nicole Byer, which started on Monday and culminated in Saturday’s two-hour broadcast ceremony on FXX. The Primetime Emmys will follow on Sunday, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel from an audience-less Staples Center.
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