Sterling K. Brown made Golden Globes history on Sunday night when he took home the award for Best Actor in a Drama TV series. Brown, who won for his role as Randall in NBC’ s “ This Is Us, ” is the first black man to win the award in the ceremony’ s 75-year history.
In his acceptance speech, Brown thanked his wife Ryan Michelle Bathe before he “ r[a]n out of time” (something he didn’ t get a chance to do at the Emmys), promised his kids to take them to school in the morning, and underscored the importance of intentional representation in Hollywood.
Brown thanked “ This is Us” creator Dan Fogelman for crafting an inclusive role specifically for a black man.
“ Throughout the majority of my career, I’ ve benefited from colorblind casting, ” Brown said. “ But Dan Fogleman, you wrote a role for a black man that can only be played by a black man, and so what I appreciate so much about this thing is that I’ m being seen for who I am and I’ m being appreciated for who I am. That makes it that much more difficult to dismiss me or dismiss anyone who looks like me. ”
This historic win was Brown’ s first Golden Globe. In 2017, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series.