According to the host of the night, Stephen Colbert, the 69th edition of the Emmy Awards (Sept. 17) illuminated a spectrum of diverse cinematic performers, writers, directors and more. The victors in most of the coveted categories also reflected Colbert’s opening speech, marking that Sunday evening as a historic occurrence.
Compelling actor Sterling K. Brown took home the hardware for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role in NBC’s This Is Us. According to Entertainment Weekly, Brown is the first black actor to win the prize since Andre Braugher in 1998 for his role in Homicide: Life on the Street.
During his backstage speech, Sterling reflectively acknowledged this achievement. “When I first got to [NYU] there was a poster of Gideon’s Crossing above the Public Theater, so I would see [Braugher’s] face all the time when I left my apartment to go to school,” he said, per The Ringer. “So, I’m bugging out. I never thought that this was a possibility, and to be standing here 19 years after him! I wanna represent.”
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Another epic win went to Donald Glover who became the first black director to garner the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. For his brilliant acting in Atlanta, the “Redbone” artist became the first black performer to join the legion of comedic outstanding lead actors.
The achievements kept pouring in as actress/screenwriter Lena Waithe went down in history as the first black woman to win Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Master of None. She also won the hearts of the audience and viewers with her motivating acceptance speech.
EW adds that Riz Ahmed became the first South Asian actor to win the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series since The Good Wife‘s Archie Punjabi dating back to 2010. Ahmed’s role in HBO’s riveting The Night Of remains the talk of the town, also for the all-too-real storyline that had viewers on the edge of their seats.
Congratulations to all of the winners.