Donald Glover is all about that paper (and awards), boy.
The creator and star of FX’s freshman comedy Atlanta won Best Actor in a Comedy Series at the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards.
“I really was not expecting this because the category had so many really great actors I admire in it,” the 33-year-old star said during Sunday night’s ceremony in Los Angeles.
Glover also thanked his brother, Stephen (“I wanted to do a show with him since we were kids,” he said), and coworkers, saying that it’s “great to work with people who are just no ego, there’s no divas.”
“I really want to thank all the great television and people who are making really great stuff right now,” he added. “It’s amazing to see and meet everybody who’s doing great things. I’m really appreciative being up here.”
Before playing Lando Calrissian in the upcoming standalone Han Solo movie, Glover hit the small screen first with a pet project. Earn Marks is a smart but somewhat lost Ivy League dropout, stuck working a low-paying job at the airport. When he notices his cousin Alfred (Brian Tyree Henry) start a rap career, Earn finesses his way into becoming his manager, with hopes of creating a life to support his daughter and his on-and-off girlfriend, Van (Zazie Beetz).
Glover was victorious in a stacked category that featured Jeffrey Tambor’s moving performance as a transgender woman in Transparent; Anthony Anderson’s take as Dre Johnson in Black-ish; Patrick Stewart’s turn as Blunt Talk‘s cable news host; jack-of-all-trades Bill Hader for his mockumentary acting in Documentary Now!; and Will Forte as the titular former Last Man on Earth.
Glover broke out on TV on Community, starring as the jock’s jock with a nerdy heart of gold, Troy Barnes. He left the late NBC/Yahoo Screen sitcom in the middle of season 5.
Atlanta is up for Best Comedy Series later on Sunday night.
See the full list of winners here.