Sterling K. Brown made history tonight by becoming the first African American man to win a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a TV drama series. The This Is Us star earned the honor for his portrayal of Randall Pearson in the hit NBC show. He was previously nominated last year for Best Supporting Actor for his stellar performance in The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
Though Brown didn’t acknowledge the historic nature of his win in his acceptance speech, he did highlight the importance of playing a role written for a black man on television, and thanked This Is Us creator Dan Fogleman for creating the role.
“What I appreciate so much about this thing is that I’ve been seen for who I am and being appreciated for who I am. And it makes it that much more difficult to dismiss me or dismiss anybody who looks like me,” he said on stage.
— Sterling K Brown (@SterlingKBrown) January 8, 2018
Read through his full acceptance speech below:
“Don’t want to run out of time, so let me thank my wife. Ryan Michelle Bathe, I love you so much. Thank you for supporting me through the whole thing. To my kids Andrew and Amari, daddy will see you. I will take you to school in the morning, I promise. I want to thank my cast, which is absolutely amazing. We take turns leading and supporting one another. I love each and every one of you. To my network, NBC, to Bob and Jennifer, to Fox, to Gary, to Dana. Also I want to thank Dan Fogleman. Now, Dan Fogleman, throughout the majority of my career, I’ve benefited from colorblind casting which means, you know what, ‘Hey, let’s throw a brother in this role,’ right? Really cool. But Dan Fogleman, you wrote a role for a black man. Like that could only be played by a black man. And so what I appreciate so much about this thing is that I’ve been seen for who I am and being appreciated for who I am. And it makes it that much more difficult to dismiss me or dismiss anybody who looks like me. So, thank you, Dan. Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press. Peace.”