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Golden Globes 2018: Sterling K. Brown becomes first black man to win Best Actor in a TV drama

'To finally be the first of something is really interesting because I never considered myself to be a trailblazer'

Golden Globes 2018 highlights

Sterling K. Brown made Golden Globes history with his win.

The This is Us star became the first black actor ever to win in the Best Actor - TV Drama category, responding to the news: "I feel a tremendous sense of pride".

"To finally be the first of something is really interesting because I never considered myself to be a trailblazer," he told press backstage. "I just try to stand in my truth all the time and if I come from a place of truth, that's all I can do. I can't worry about trying to be Jackie Robinson or anything else, but I'm honored."

"He’s a fish out of water and two individuals who love him and appreciate him take him into their lives even though he doesn’t look like they do," the actor said of his performance as the adopted son of white parents. "He’s trying to find his way in the world. Growing up, my mother always told me I’d have to work twice as hard; that the world wasn’t going to react and respond in the way of my white counterparts."

"When those kids were making trouble, she said I wouldn’t have the same kind of latitude as them if I got in trouble. The repercussions would be different."

There were several historic winners at this year's ceremony: a sign both of a hopeful future, but also a bleak look at the Golden Globes' shameful lack of diversity in years past. Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to win the esteemed Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.


"For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men," Winfrey said in her powerful acceptance speech. "But their time is up. Their time is up. Their time is up."

Aziz Ansari also became the first Asian-American actor to win the Golden Globe for Best Actor - TV Comedy or Musical, thanks to his work on Master of None.

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