Not even Sterling K. Brown can avoid the cut-off music played to usher long-winded winners off the stage at awards shows.
Brown took the Emmys stage Sunday to accept the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series.
“Before anything like this happened for your boy, I was a fan … so my fellow nominees, I’m a fan,” Brown said. “I love y’all.”
And he made sure to thank his fellow This is Us castmates.
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“Milo, Mandy, Justin, Chrissy … You are the best white TV family that a brother has ever had,” Brown said. “Better than Mr. Drummond (from Diff’rent Strokes), better then them white folks at Webster.”
As he tried to thank the writers of This is Us, who he referred to as “our life’s blood,” the music began to play.
“Nobody got that loud music,” he protested, remaining at the mic for a few extra moments. (Nicole Kidman had just spoken for almost a full minute longer with no interruption.)
His co-stars, audience members and viewers were unamused as producers cut Brown’s mic and dimmed the lights in the midst of his moving speech in which he noted it had been 19 years since a black actor (Homicide‘s Andre Braugher) last won that category.
But Brown got to finish his thoughts backstage in the press room.
“I wanted to thank our writers and their beautiful, thoughtful writing,” he said. “To our producers and directors, I thank you for your guidance and friendship.” He also thanked his manager.
He expressed gratitude for This is Us creator Dan Fogelman, who he called “the Hebrew hammer on which our house is built.”
“In his own small special way, he’s not trying to make America great again, he’s trying to make it the best it’s ever been,” Brown added.
And of course, he thanked his family.
“They cut me off before I could thank my wife…you make me life worth living,” he said of his wife Ryan Michelle Bathe. “And you gave me two of the most beautiful babies that God has ever put on this planet.”
He ended the emotional speech to applause from others backstage — and, this time, no cut-off music.
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