Sterling K. Brown won the Emmy for best supporting actor in a limited series or a television movie on Sunday night for his performance in The People v. O.J. Simpson.
The actor beat out Hugh Laurie in The Night Manager, Jesse Plemons in Fargo, David Schwimmer in The People v. O.J. Simpson, John Travolta in The People v. O.J. Simpson and Bokeem Woodbine in Fargo.
Brown shed tears at the podium thanking friends and family from his hometown for his first Emmy win and also thanked the TV Academy, saying, “A lot of you may not have known who I was, but you checked the box anyway. And that makes me very very happy.”
The actor gave a shout-out to co-star Sarah Paulson before leaving the stage: “I love you. Where you lead, I just try to support.”
With five of the six possible Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, FX was basically a lock to take home a statue in the tight category at Sunday’s 68th Annual Primetime Emmys. To absolutely no one’s surprise, the award went to Sterling K. Brown for his performance as Christopher Darden on The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
In his emotional acceptance speech Brown thanked his father. “Sterling Brown Jr., I changed what people called me at age 16 so I could hear your name every day of my life. I love you, daddy,” he said tearfully.
Brown, who’s been acting in film and TV since 2002 but hasn’t been in the true spotlight before The People v. O.J. Simpson, also thanked the Television Academy for “checking the box.” He also thanked series creator Ryan Murphy for “giving a brother a chance.”