The 2018 Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) Awards was a big night for the cast and crew of NBC’s hit show, “This Is Us.”
Not only did Sterling K. Brown, the actor who plays Randall Pearson, win an “Actor” for his Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, but the entire show won an “Actor” for their Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
— SAG Awards® (@SAGawards) January 22, 2018
Because the SAG Awards are given to actors by actors, Brown dedicated much of his speech to his fellow peers who have made it—or are still trying to make it—in Hollywood:
“What a blessing it is to do what you love for a living. 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. I love all of y’all. People call us weird and strange, the truth of the matter is, everybody is weird and strange we just embrace ourselves for who we are.
To all those people out there still hustling, trying to make it, the fame won’t sustain you, the money won’t sustain you, the love, keep that love alive, it will keep you going.”
Milo Ventimiglia, who plays Jack Pearson, on the other hand, used the last part of his acceptance speech to thank the fans who watch “This Is Us” religiously every Tuesday night.
— People (@people) January 22, 2018
He said, in part:
“One more thing, to the people that watch with us every Tuesday night and embrace the show that reflects positivity and hope and inclusion, we love you thank you very much.”
Ventimiglia also thanked those behind the scenes who have an equal hand in making “This Is Us” so successful.
The entire cast present at the award show Sunday night looked completely surprised when the presenter announced the ensemble “Actor” winner.
— ThisIsUsWriters (@ThisIsUsWriters) January 22, 2018
The group, which appeared to be just as close off-screen as they do on-screen, hugged and congratulated each other as they made their way up to the stage to accept the award.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) January 22, 2018
You can watch the full acceptance speech below.