Rami Malek can't believe his good fortune.
After one season of USA's Mr. Robot, the 35-year-old TV star received the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. During his acceptance speech, a Dior-clad Malek told the audience, "I'm honored to stand here and represent my family—and every single person who's helped me get this far." It was a significant moment in the evening, as Malek became the first minority actor in 18 years to win in that category.
It wasn't an easy feat, of course. Malek faced stiff competition at the 2016 Emmys, where he went up against veteran actors Kyle Chandler (Bloodline), Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) and Kevin Spacey (House of Cards). When Malek's name was called, no one looked more surprised than the actor himself.