Brown is in esteemed company, making Emmy history as the first black actor to win in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category in nearly two decades. The newly minted two-time Emmy winner spoke of the award’s significance.
“Mr. Braugher, I just want to say, whether it is at Stanford University or on this Emmy stage, it is my supreme honor to follow in your footsteps,” he said, before adorably thanking his castmates: “Milo, Mandy [Moore], Justin [Hartley], Chrissy [Metz], you are the best white TV family that a brother has ever had!”
Brown also thanked his onscreen wife, played by Susan Kelechi Watson: “It is my pleasure to rep black love with you, sister! Let’s keep doing it like Martin and Gina [on ‘90s sitcom Martin]!” He also took a moment to praise Ron Cephas Jones: “You just have to show up and the work is already there, brother. Thank you so much for embodying the presence, which is never in absence. I love you.”
Just as Brown was about to thank the writing staff, the music started to play him off, but he stood his ground. “Nobody got that loud music!” he exclaimed, as he continued to thank the creative team behind This Is Us, even after his mic was cut off as the show went straight to the next award. “I’m good.”