Viola Davis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jeffrey Tambor are among the actors that take a moment to reflect on their Emmy wins.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 20, 2015) (UNRESTRICTED POOL) – Some of the Emmys’ big winners took a minute to reflect on their success backstage on Sunday (September 20) evening.
Viola Davis became the first African-American to win a drama lead actress Emmy for her role as a tough criminal defense lawyer in “How to Get Away With Murder.”
“I didn’t know everyone wanted me to win it so badly. but, you know, I keep saying this quote over and over because it hit me so hard, is that stories never end. My story doesn’t end here. Yeah, it feels fantastic but, you know, my husband and I started a production company. I just think that there is so much work that needs to be done in so many areas in the business with actors of color, so many narratives that need to be seen by people. So many stories that need to be kind of seen and felt that I know that it doesn’t end here,” said Davis.
“Mad Men,” a long-time Emmy favorite, failed to get a farewell hug after closing its final season earlier this year, but did see a win for Jon Hamm, who finally snared a win for his lead role as Don Draper in the AMC series.
“It was a very odd experience because after I made my hilarious joke of climbing onto the stage the way I chose to, I turned around and realized that people were clapping for me and I was mortified. But, it’s been so nice, honestly, all of it. Over the many, many years that we’ve been here and this is sort of the culmination of that wonderful feeling,” said Hamm.
In the first Emmys for Amazon.com’s foray into original content, “Transparent” brought a lead actor Emmy for Jeffrey Tambor.
“It’s a privilege to play Maura Pfefferman and it’s a huge responsibility because you want to do it right and lives are at steak. I know we are in the comedy category but I do believe with our stories and our humor we are moving the whole question forward but when I get up in the morning or indeed when they knock on the dressing room door I go, you gotta do this right. I’m a cisgender male and I’ve been given one of the biggest responsibilities but I always thought acting was this. I always thought it was this and I always thought there was teaching in the laugh and in humor and with the laughter and with real humor you can kill prejudice and keep it far away,” said Tambor backstage.
Fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” won the Emmy award for best TV Drama on Sunday. It was the first best drama series Emmy for “Thrones” in its five years on the air. The show also won awards for writing, directing and for supporting actor Peter Dinklage.
“Well, yeah. They said you could win with dragons, it was new this year,” joked executive producer Daniel B. Weiss. “No I think that a lot of it, we’ve talked about it a lot and we knew that there would be, no matter how well the show turned out, we knew that there would be some resistance at first to the idea that a show set in this genre as opposed to a genre like a crime drama or a western or what have you, could be a serious drama and could be worthy of the same kind of attention as those other dramas. So, we knew it would take a while but we hoped if we did our jobs and we were fortunate enough to be blessed with the cast and crew that we were indeed blessed with, you know, if we got lucky we would get there eventually”
The 67th Annual Prime-time Emmys were broadcast live on Sunday evening from the Microsoft theater in Downtown Los Angeles.