On January 8th at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, Sterling K. Brown made Golden Globes history as the first black man to win Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama.
Brown was honored for his role as Randall Pearson on NBC’s This Is Us. He was the only man of color nominated in the category this year.
In his speech, Brown specifically thanked This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman for creating the character of Randall. “Throughout the majority of my career I have benefited from colorblind casting,” Brown said, “which means, ‘Hey, let’s throw a brother in this role.’ It’s always really cool. But, Dan Fogelman, you wrote a role for a black man, that could only be played by a black man. And so what I appreciate so much about this thing is that I am being seen for who I am and being appreciated for what I am. And it makes it that much more difficult to dismiss me, or dismiss anybody who looks like me. So thank you.”