Morgan Freeman Honored, Sterling K. Brown Makes History at SAG Awards
Highlights from the 24th annual SAG awards.
The night’s biggest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, was presented to honoree Morgan Freeman, whose decades-long career has earned him a great deal of respect and revere among his contemporaries. “These moments in life usually call for an entire litany of thank you’s. I can’t do that because I don’t know all of your names, so I won’t try,” Freeman noted. “This is beyond honor. This is a place in history.”
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Earlier on in the broadcast, another African-American actor poised to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Morgan Freeman also found himself cementing his place in history yet again as Sterling K. Brown would become the first black actor to win the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in A Drama Series for his portrayal of Randall Pearson in NBC’s This Is Us.
“What an honor it is to be recognized by your peers for a job well done,” Brown said as he accepted his award. “This room is a source of endless inspiration for me. I love all of you. People call us weird and strange; the truth of the matter is everybody’s weird and strange, and we just embrace ourselves for who we are.”
At the top of the year, Sterling made history when he became the first black actor to win a Golden Globe for Best Actor in A Drama Series just a few months after becoming the first black actor to receive an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.