Watchmen star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II looked astonished when he virtually accepted his first-ever Emmy Award for his role in the hit HBO series.
Abdul-Mateen II, wearing a black and white pinstriped suit, uttered to the camera, “I’m surprised,” as he pressed through his acceptance speech. He won the award for supporting actor in a limited series.
In Watchmen, the actor portrayed two roles — the loving husband Cal Abar and the stoic yet supernatural Dr. Manhattan — in the superhero drama that begins at the Tulsa Riots.
In his speech, Abdul-Mateen II described his character as a man “who came down to Earth to reciprocate to a Black woman all the love she deserved.”
“I’m so proud that I was able to walk into those shoes,” he added.
Abdul-Mateen II concluded his speech by dedicating the award “to all the Black women in my life; the people who believed in my first. I call ‘yall my early investors.”