Yesterday, Andy Samberg hosted the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and The Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles was the venue for the star studded event.
One highlight was Jeffrey Tambor taking home the Emmy for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. There were many deserving wins, but Amazon’s show, Transparent winning a couple Emmy’s meant so much to so many.
Jill Soloway, the show’s creator, also won an Emmy for directing a comedy series. Transparent follows Tambor’s character, Maura Pfefferman, who is a father who is coming out to her family as trans-gendered later in life.
Tambor has already won a Golden Globe for this role, but this was his first ever Emmy win. He has been nominated several times before, but never in this category and has never won before now. He impressively took the prize over actors: Anthony Anderson, Matt LeBlanc, Don Cheadle, William H. Macy, Louis C. K., and Will Forte.
His acceptance speech was a heartfelt thank you to the trans-community. His role and his win were dedicated to them. He said:
“Thank you for your patience, thank you for your courage, thank you for your stories, thank you for your inspiration, thank you for letting us be part of the change. God bless you.”
When Soloway took the stage to accept her award, she too took the time to comment on the trans-community. She made told the audience that the trans-community may be making progress but there is still a lot of work to be done. She said:
“(My trans-gendered friend) could tomorrow go and try to find an apartment, and in 32 states, it would be legal for the landlord to look her in the eye and say, ‘We don’t rent to trans people.’ (…) We don’t have a trans tipping point yet — we have a trans civil rights problem, so go to TransEquality.org and vote to pass the Trans Equality Bill”
Prior to the show, USA Today reporters caught up with Tambor on the red carpet. Of course Caitlyn Jenner’s personal journey is very similar to that of the main character on Transparent and as such has been a comparison the cast and crew have often had to speak to. USA Today reporters wanted to know what impact a fictitious story could have on the trans community compared to an unscripted show.
Tambor candidly told the reporter:
“I think (the two shows) co-exist. In a fictive story you can have a great arc; in a reality show you have the reality. I think the beauty is that they can co-exist in these times. Chicken-egg, egg-chicken it doesn’t matter. Everybody is supporting everybody.”
And what a beautiful thing that is.
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