Sterling K. Brown can officially call himself an Emmy Award-winner.
Brown took home the Emmy Award on Sunday for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his portrayal of Chris Darden in The People v. O.J. Simpson.
While accepting the award, presented by Terrence Howard, Brown made a hilarious Melania Trump plagiarism joke. “I was talking to Melania Trump this morning, I was asking her what should I do, what should I say,” he joked.
He continued, “Thank you to the Academy. A lot of you may not have known who I was and you checked the box anyway … And that makes me very very happy. To the communities that have supported up to this point in my career — There’s a lot of people in St. Louis making a lot of noise right now. Mama, I can hear you. I love you.”
An emotional Brown went on to thank his father, who the actor said “changed what people called me at age 16 so I could hear your name every day of my life. I love you, Daddy.”
This also marks the first Emmy nomination for the actor, who shared with HipHollywood back in June how thrilled he was to be recognized, but specifically, the series itself for its whopping 22 nods. “We knew that we had something special. Each week when we were in the makeup trailer and everybody got finished reading the script, we were really, really excited to talk about what was happening in this week’s episode.”
Brown was up against Jesse Plemons (Fargo), Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo), Hugh Laurie (The Night Manger), David Schwimmer (The People v. O.J. Simpson) and John Travolta (The People v. O.J. Simpson) for the coveted award.
Congrats to Brown.