The This Is Us star became the first African American to win the award for outstanding male actor in a drama series at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

By Maressa Brown
January 22, 2018
Sterling K Brown and his wife Ryan with their sons
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Last night, at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Sterling K. Brown didn't just have a date night with his beloved wife Ryan Michelle Bathe. He also became the first African American to win the award for Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series and accepted the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series alongside his This Is Us co-stars. Earlier this year, Brown became the first black man to win a Golden Globe for a TV drama, and last fall, he became the first black actor to to snag an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series since 1998.

In accepting his award for Outstanding Male Actor, Brown appeared visually emotional and spoke about gratitude for his craft and colleagues. "What a blessing it is to do what you love for a living," he said. "What an honor it is to be recognized by your peers for a job well done. This room is a source of endless inspiration for me." He went on to address how performers are perceived by others. "People call us weird and strange," he said. "The truth of the matter is, everybody is weird and strange, and we just embrace ourselves for who we are."

Such a powerful moment!

Earlier in the evening, the dad of two and his wife spoke to E! about their two sons -- Andrew, 6, and Amaré, 2 -- reacting to their parents' Hollywood life. “Your kids keep you grounded, right?” Bathe shared. “Because our 6-year-old has no idea what’s going on — today he goes, ‘Why is hair and makeup here?’ I said, ‘Well, we’re going somewhere tonight.' ... [I said], ‘SAG is tonight,’ and he was like, ‘(groans).’ He literally said, ‘Another one?’"

The boys likely weren't tuning in to watch their dad accept his awards, Brown said. "He’s probably watching Disney Junior or something like that,” he told E!

Bathe then joked, "Maybe Austin & Ally, or Bunk’d — he loves Bunk’d. Now if we were on Bunk’d, then he would be like, ‘Y’all are really doing something!’"

Too funny! Surely, it won't be long before he realizes that even though he doesn't star on Bunk'd, his dad has done something of major significance and is an inspiration to his colleagues and fans everywhere!