Sunday’s Critics Choice Awards took a strange turn when “Atlanta” star Keith Stanfield gave a short acceptance speech for an award his show didn’t win. After “Silicon Valley” nabbed the Best Comedy Series award — for which “Atlanta” was also nominated — Stanfield appeared on stage before “Silicon Valley” executive producer Tom Lassally could get to the mic.
“I want to thank everybody for honoring us in this way,” Stanfield said. “We worked very hard on ‘Silicon Valley’ and here we are. Thank you.” Many in the audience then applauded, no doubt relieved that Stanfield wasn’t actually confused about which show won, and especially releived he wasn’t taking a page from Kanye West’s 2009 MTV Music Video Awards book.
“No idea who that was,” Lassally said, before giving his own acceptance speech. Essence magazine later tweeted, “Officially in love with @stanfield_keith for this @CriticsChoice moment.”
Anyone who felt that “Atlanta” got shortchanged was likely happy to see the show’s Donald Glover win the award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.
Stanfield has done very well for himself since his feature film acting debut in 2013’s indie drama “Short Term 12.” The actor and rapper has appeared in Ava DuVernary’s “Selma,” played Snoop Dogg in last year’s “Straight Outta Compton,” and worked with director Oliver Stone in this year’s “Snowden.”
To see Stanfield’s short speech, check out the video below.
— ESSENCE (@Essence) December 12, 2016