September 18, 2016 09:30 PM

Congratulations are in order for Sterling K. Brown who took home the 2016 Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie, for his role in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

Terrence Howard took the stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday to present Brown with his first Emmy award.

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“A lot of you may not have known who I was but you checked the box anyway and that makes me very very happy,” Brown joked in the beginning of his speech, later dedicating his award to his late father.

“To the communities that have supported me up to this point in my career, there’s a lot of people in St. Louis making a lot of noise right now,” he said. “Mama, I can hear you, I love you. Sterling Brown Jr., I changed what people called me at age 16 so I could hear your name every day of my life. I love you, daddy,” an emotional Brown continued.

He also thanked costar Sarah Paulson and his wife Ryan Michelle Bathe.

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After accepting his award, the actor told PEOPLE about his out of body experience upon hearing his name called. “The Emmy stage was quite a surreal experience. I think I floated out of my body and looked at everybody down on the crowd and looked at myself and was like, ‘Brown, you’ve got to get up, you only get 45 seconds,'” Brown said.

The This Is Us star also explained, “So I got up, by the grace of God put one foot in front of the other. I don’t wear a dress so I didn’t have to worry about tripping, and I just wanted to remember what I had in mind that I wanted to say. I think I said most of it. I was pleased. It’s a really pleasing feeling to win an Emmy, it’s cool.”

Brown was up against The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story costars John Travolta, David Schwimmer and Fargo‘s Jesse Plemons and Bokeem Woodbine, and The Night Manager‘s Hugh Laurie.

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, are airing live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Reporting by GABRIELLE OLYA

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