Following the 2017 Primetime Emmys, where he became the first black actor in 19 years to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Brown picked up his second major win for This Is Us. At the 75th annual Golden Globes hosted by Seth Meyers, the actor became the first black person to take home the Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama award.
Ever since portraying Christopher Darden on FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Brown has become a staple at TV awards shows, earning an Emmy and Critics’ Choice Award as well as a Golden Globe nomination for the role. Meanwhile, his role as Randall Pearson has earned him the best reviews of his career as well as a nomination for the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards, which will be handed out on Jan. 11.
“It’s surreal for me, too, because we all collectively, meaning the Pearson family -- Justin, myself, Chrissy [Metz], Milo [Ventimiglia] and Mandy [Moore] -- we take turns leading the show,” Brown previously told ET about all the attention paid to his performance. “To be singled out in that way, amongst who I consider to be one of the better ensembles on television, I’m honored.”
Since breaking out of American Crime Story, Brown has seen his profile rise, thanks in large part to This Is Us, but also upcoming film roles in Marvel’s Black Panther, The Predator and Hotel Artemis. In 2017, he also appeared on HBO’s Insecure and starred alongside his Black Panther co-star, Chadwick Boseman, in Marshall.
“What was so lovely about O.J. and This Is Us to a certain extent is that I got a chance to surprise people. And now that people know who I am a bit more, I still want to be able to do that,” Brown said ahead of last year’s Emmys.
Brown's win for This Is Us is just one of many accolades for the NBC drama. Since it premiered, it's quickly become a favorite, earning two Emmys and six total Golden Globe nominations in its first two seasons.