Emmys: Rami Malek Wins Best Actor in a Drama Series
"Please tell me you're seeing this, too," Malek joked as he took the stage to accept the first Emmy of his career, a reference to his anti-social character, Elliot.
Mr. Robot's Rami Malek won the Emmy for best actor in a drama series on Sunday night.
"Please tell me you're seeing this, too," Malek joked as he took the stage to accept the first Emmy of his career, a reference to his anti-social character, Elliot. This was the actor's first Emmy nomination.
Malek beat out Kyle Chandler on Netflix's Bloodline, Bob Odenkirk on AMC's Better Call Saul, Matthew Rhys on FX's The Americans, Liev Schreiber on Showtime's Ray Donovan and Kevin Spacey on Netflix's House of Cards. Multiple Emmy winner Allison Janney presented the award.
Backstage, Malek said he was "waiting to hear someone else's name," when his category came up. "When I heard my name, I said, 'Do not move, because it wasn't you.' And then faces started to turn towards me. I must have looked like I was in shock," he said.
"The emotion just poured on me," he said, after he went backstage. "[I was hugging Jimmy Kimmel and crying at the same time and just trying not to get anything on his suit," he recalled. "This is a moment that obviously will be etched in my memory and if not, I think I can replay it on a television set every once in awhile, but I think I would be ridiculous doing that so I won't."
More seriously, Malek praised the inclusive nature of TV. "For me to be standing here, not the typical leading man, to have come home with this speaks a lot about where we're headed and I think we can just keep gong further in that direction," he said.
"I grew up in a family that immigrated here and my dad worked door to door to sell insurance and my mom was pregnant with my brother and I going to work, taking three buses going to work so that they would give their children opportunity to be special. … I wanted an opportunity and now I have it."
Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards, which aired live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.