Samuel L Jackson has just scored its first-ever Emmy win, and it’s something he didn’t see coming.
Though Jackson is best known for his unforgettable roles in movies, the first Emmy trophy he took home was actually a Sports Feature Emmy for the 30-year opening day video celebrating Kirk Gibson’s home run and the last Dodgers World Series. Jackson appeared as on-camera talent in the said feature.
On Wednesday, the 70-year-old actor — who is now popular for his role as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — shared photos of his Emmy trophy on Instagram. In the caption, he called his win “a dope ass surprise” and joked that he’s officially on his way to an EGOT — the achievement of having won all four of the major American entertainment awards, namely the Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, and Tonys.
Jackson’s wife, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, replied to his post, writing, “Let’s go and get them.” A number of celebrities also sent their congratulatory messages to the veteran actor, including Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds, Spider-Man: Far From Home actor Numan Acar, Orange is the New Black cast member Danielle Brooks, X-Men actress Alexandra Shipp, Riverdale star Marisol Nichols, Oscar winner Julianne Moore, among many others.
While this is Jackson’s first Emmy win, he got his first Emmy nod back in 2009 for Outstanding Animated Program for the Japanese anime TV movie Afro Samurai: Resurrection. He also has an Oscar nomination under his belt for his role as Jules Winnfield in the 1994 crime drama movie Pulp Fiction, as well as four Golden Globes nominations for his performances in films Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, A Time to Kill and in the miniseries Against the Wall.
Jackson will be next seen in the war drama film The Last Full Measure and horror movie The Organ Donor, which are set to be released on October 25th, 2019 and May 15th, 2020, respectively.