Sterling Wins First Emmy!!

September 19, 2016

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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.”

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SKB Takes Home First Gold Derby TV Award

September 09, 2016

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The 2016 Gold Derby TV Awards have been announced, and “The People v. O.J. Simpson” led the way with five victories, sweeping all of its nominations: Best Movie/Miniseries, lead acting prizes for Courtney B. Vance and Sarah Paulson, supporting honors for Sterling K. Brown and Ensemble of the Year. On top of that, Paulson was named Performer of the Year.

BEST MOVIE/MINISERIES SUPPORTING ACTOR
X — Sterling K. Brown, “The People v. O.J. Simpson”
Connor Jessup, “American Crime”
Denis O’Hare, “American Horror Story: Hotel”
Jesse Plemons, “Fargo”
Joey Pollari, “American Crime”
Bokeem Woodbine, “Fargo”

ENSEMBLE OF THE YEAR
“Fargo”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Leftovers”
“Orange is the New Black”
X — “The People v. O.J. Simpson”
“Veep”

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Added New Scans of SKB in Top Billing

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Added New Scans of SKB on the Cover of Backstage

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Added Split Trailer (2017)

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Added Spaceman Trailer (2016)

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The Love Between Emmy Nominees Sterling and Sarah Paulson

July 15, 2016

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Whether or not you walked away from The People v. O.J. Simpson with a new opinion on the events of the 1995 trial, you did at least think one thing: Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown are a dream team.

Their chemistry was one of the many elements that made FX’s critically acclaimed miniseries work as well as it did, and probably contributed to the Emmys that Brown, Paulson, and the series were all nominated for.

“Working with Sarah Paulson has been the highlight of my career thus far,” Brown told E! News after learning of his Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. “People would tell us while we were shooting that we had great chemistry, and I account that to the fact that I’m a very inquisitive person, Sarah is a very open person, and we just started talking from the beginning.”

That easy friendship mixed with romantic tension that we saw on screen was totally real, save maybe for any actual romance.

“You can’t really fake chemistry, either you have it or you don’t, and you can’t have a relationship on screen if you don’t have one off screen,” he says. “I love Sarah Paulson. I absolutely adore her. My wife has given me full permission to love Sarah Paulson, and I look forward to doing that for the rest of my life.”

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The relationship between the two led to a lot of shipping of Marcia Clark and Chris Darden, even just jokingly, because it’s weird to root for actual people to date, right? Some of the series’ best moments were scenes between just the two of them, like that time they stared into each other’s eyes until we were all shouting “kiss! kiss!” at our screens.

“That’s the best, when nobody touches, nothing actually transpires, but it’s still able to elicit that kind of response, that’s my favorite,” Brown says of that particular scene, in which the two shared that moment after a night of drinking in Oakland. Director Anthony Hemingway encouraged them to keep teasing out that tension.

In one take of that scene, Brown decided to throw in a surprise that may make the biggest Marcia-Darden shippers very happy.

“I could tell, I was looking at her and I said, she doesn’t think I’m going to kiss her,” Brown says. “So one take—and hopefully it will make the outtakes of the show if people buy the DVD—I kissed her, and the look of shock and awe on her face, like her mouth just dropped open as I was kissing her. It was fantastic, and then I ruined the take because I went away!”

Let’s all just cross our fingers that he’s right, and that we will indeed get to see that sweet payoff on the DVD.

Brown can be seen in the new series This Is Us on NBC this fall, and the Emmys will air live from L.A.’s Microsoft Theater on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. ET on ABC.

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