Damn. This is us slow clapping at that comment, Sterling K. Brown.
Yesterday, Brown addressed his Emmys acceptance speech that was cut short by that familiar, condescending awards show music and took the opportunity to compare his limited time to Nicole Kidman’s nearly 3-minute acceptance.
Brown told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show,
“Not that I’m blaming [Nicole Kidman.] It’s not her fault. You know, you’ve got to go to commercial break. And I got a chance to make the speech even longer because I got to finish it backstage.”
We don’t think that makes up for the fact that his speech, which was totally captivating the Emmys audience with powerful momentum, was pulled right out from underneath him, but ok.
And he was the first black man to win Lead Actor in a Drama in 20 years, so like…we really wanted to hear the man speak.
Emmys host Colbert actually tried to stop the music and keep Brown on stage.
“I’m backstage watching, and I’m like, they’re not going to play him off, they’re going to let him finish the speech. And then I went, ‘[Bleep], they’re going to play him off.’ I came out from the wings on the right side…right when they cut off your mic and you walked away.”
Well, you tried, Stephen.
I guess we’ll just have to keep giving Sterling K. Brown more awards to make up for this, right? Good.