This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown beat out Ozark‘s Jason Bateman, Stranger Things’ David Harbour, Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage and Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk for Best Actor in a Drama Series at the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards. This win was historical, as Brown is the first African American actor to ever receive this award.
Brown was noticeabley emotional during and after his acceptance speech, saying, “What a blessing it is to do what you love for a living; what an honor it is to be recognized by your peers for a job well done.”
Brown also acknowledged his TV family, the Pearsons, in his speech with reference to Jordan Peele’s Get Out, joking, “To my glorious cast of This Is Us, you guys feed me day in, day out. To my white family, which is thankfully nothing like the family in Get Out, I love you. To my TV wife, Susan, let’s keep on repping for the people. To the two other young actors that play Randall, to Lonnie and Niles, thank you for making the work so easy and seamless.”
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This isn’t the first historic win for Brown. Just weeks ago, Brown became the first black man to win a Golden Globe for a television drama series. In September 2017, he became the first black actor to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series since 1998.
Brown’s role of Randall Pearson in This Is Us has certainly earned the actor great recognition and acclaim, along with his cast mates. Shortly after Brown’s SAG win, the NBC drama also won for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series.