September 22, 2020
Jasmine Cephan Jones picked up the gong for her performance in Quibi’s #FreeRayshawn, but were her few seconds on screen really that good?
Jasmine Cephas Jones is a bright star with an incredible future. As part of the original cast of Hamilton, she won acclaim playing Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds. She is a favourite of Noah Baumbach, having appeared in Mistress America and Marriage Story. She was a recurring cast member on HBO’s dramedy Mrs Fletcher. And now, to top it off, she has won an Emmy.
Admittedly, it is an Emmy with qualifiers. Her win for outstanding actress in a short form comedy or drama series came for the series #FreeRayshawn, which you haven’t seen, because it is on Quibi, which you haven’t got. And don’t feel bad, because nobody has. Despite raising $1.75bn in funding and attracting the attention of figures including Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott and Guillermo del Toro, Quibi still feels as though it is destined to go down in history as a hilariously obscure punchline.