Some of you may have heard of a little NBC drama called This is Us. The show’s first season racked up a respectable 11 Emmy nominations and is pretty much the darling of prime time (and yes, you will cry at some point). One of their nominations was Outstanding Actor in a Drama for Sterling K. Brown, who plays Randall on the show. And he won! Not only is this a big deal because he’s an amazing human being (we suggest checking out his Instagram), he’s also the first black actor to win the award since 1998 when Andre Braugher won for Homicide: Life on the Street. Big. Deal.
Unfortunately, as Brown was accepting his award, the Academy played him off for talking too long, and eventually cut his mic too. You just don’t cut off the first black actor to win the award in twenty years. Especially when you just let Nicole Kidman talk for like ten minutes (which they were totally right to do because she highlighted domestic abuse). But Brown deserved more time and everybody knew it.
— Vlada Gelman (@VladaGelman) September 18, 2017
— Jozen (say Joe-Zen) (@jozenc) September 18, 2017
Greatest “What If” of Emmy’s history is the rest of that Sterling K Brown speech. He was on a roll and they should have given him more time.
— Alexander Taub (@ajt) September 18, 2017
While we’re all a little mad at the show-runners over at the Emmys, Variety made it right at Brown’s post-win press conference. A reporter asked Brown if he would like to finish his acceptance speech and we got to hear the rest of what he had to say.
In the on-air portion of his speech, Brown paid tribute to men who had won the category before him, including Braugher, and thanked his This is Us ‘white family’ and on-screen biological father (and incredible actor) Ron Cephas Jones. He was just getting to the writers when he was abruptly cut off, not by a slow crescendo, but by a blast of music.
In the press conference afterwards, Brown finished thanking the writers and everyone who helps tell the This is Us story. Then he thanked his wife and kids. Yes, they cut the man off before he had thanked his wife. Not okay.
— Variety (@Variety) September 18, 2017
So there you have it. The whole thing. Keep on being amazing, Sterling. We’re rooting for you.