For those wondering where Sterling K. Brown plans to keep his history-making Golden Globe for best actor in a TV drama—the first won by a black man—the answer might be a little surprising: it’s going in the garage.
Backstage on Sunday night, the actor acknowledged the significance of his win, noting that he’s never before been the first “brother” to accomplish something something so historically meaningful. “I try to stand in my truth all the time,” Brown said. “That’s all I can do. I can’t worry about trying to be Jackie Robinson or anyone else. . . I feel a tremendous amount of pride, and I look forward to someone black being up here to collect this trophy sooner than 75 years from now.”
So, why store the award itself in the garage? As Brown clarifies, “That’s not a bad thing.”
“I have a display case,” Brown told People. “It’s like a man-cave of sorts. It’s cool.”
Makes sense. If you’re Sterling K. Brown, you’ve got to do better than a mini-fridge full of beer and a few Tarantino posters on the wall. Your man cave deserves that extra dash of pizzazz. Your man cave deserves a display case full of awards.
Although the spotlight was mostly on the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements on Sunday night, Brown’s win was still significant. As he gave his speech Sunday night, Brown thanked his wife, his children, the This Is Us cast, and, most notably, series creator Dan Fogelman.
“Throughout the majority of my career, I’ve benefited from colorblind casting,” Brown said. “Which means, ‘Hey, let’s throw a brother in this room.’ It’s always really cool. But Dan Fogelman, you wrote a role for a black man—like, that could only be played by a black man. So what I appreciate so much about this is that I’m being seen for who I am and being appreciated for who I am, and it makes it that much more difficult to dismiss me or dismiss anybody who looks like me.”
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