Sterling K. Brown made Emmys history with his win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series — becoming the first Black actor in 19 years to win that category.
Unfortunately, whoever is responsible for the ‘cutoff’ music decided to play him offstage barely two minutes into his acceptance speech.
Brown said he is a fan of his fellow nominees Anthony Hopkins, Bob Odenkirk, Matthew Rhys, Liev Schreiber, Kevin Spacey, and co-star Milo Ventimiglia (“first, last, and always a fan” ), and thanked his castmates.
“Milo, Mandy, Justin, Chrissy, you are the best white TV family that a brother has ever had — better than Mr. Drummond, better than them white folks at ‘Webster,’” he said. “Susan Kelechi Watson, it is my pleasure to rep black love with you, sister. Let’s keep doing it like Martin and Gina.”
Brown was then played off the stage as he was thanking “our writers, you are our lifeblood.”
On “This Is Us,” Brown plays Randall Pearson, one of three siblings who are the focus of the show. His character had the standout story of Season 1 with the deeply emotional process of reconciling with the biological father he never knew, just before the father dies of cancer.
Congrats to Sterling for his win!
Nicole Kidman spoke for 2:45 and never got music. They started playing Sterling K. Brown off at 1:57. #Emmys pic.twitter.com/sdL1TBP7YN
— Mandi Bierly (@MandiBierly) September 18, 2017
.@SterlingKBrown finished his best actor speech backstage after getting cut off during CBS' live telecast #Emmys pic.twitter.com/g7m6mm2zW7
— Broadway Black (@BroadwayBlack) September 18, 2017