Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Dedicated His First Emmy to ‘All the Black Women in His Life’

Adrianna Freedman
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Photo credit: ABC - Getty Images
Photo credit: ABC - Getty Images

From Men's Health

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is a man of many talents, and his roles in film and TV have made him one of the hottest and buzziest performers around right now. Now, his role in Watchmen—and the speech he gave at the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards—has people once again praising his eloquence and the power of a great speech.

The man best known for portraying Cal Abar/Dr. Manhattan in the hit HBO limited series won his first Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series or Movie at the 72nd annual ceremony (gone virtual) on Sunday, beating out castmates like Jovan Adepo and Louis Gossett, Jr.

While the complexity and excellence of Abdul-Mateen's performance was a secret to exactly nobody, he clearly wasn't expecting to win nonetheless, based on his stunned reaction. While he took the time to thank his parents and all those who helped bring the show to life, he also made sure to install some lessons he took from working on the series—all while looking dapper in a suit and sitting on his couch.

Watchmen was a story about trauma. It was a story about the lasting scars of white domestic terrorism,” he said. “It was a story about police corruption and brutality, but in the midst of all that, it was a story about a god who came down to Earth to reciprocate, to a Black woman, all the love she deserved.”

As if that part of the speech wasn’t emotional enough, Abdul-Mateen chose to dedicate his Emmy to some important ladies in life, showing love and respect toward those who continually support him.

“[Dr. Manhattan] did all that in the body of a Black man, and I’m so proud that I was able to walk into those shoes,” he continued. “So I dedicate this award to all of the Black women in my life.”

While it's clear Abdul-Mateen felt the urge to praise the most important people in his life, Twitter seemed to have a very similar reaction to his touching speech:

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