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Sterling K. Brown Is The First Black Man To Win Golden Globe For Best Actor In Drama TV Series

He thanked "This is Us" creator Dan Fogelman for writing "a role for a black man that can only be played by a black man."
01/07/2018 09:39 PM ET
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Updated Jan 08, 2018

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.