Sarah Paulson, Kate McKinnon and Jill
Soloway were among the out artists who won Emmys at Sunday's annual
Jeffrey Tambor won his second Emmy in a
row for playing Maura Pfefferman, who comes out transgender to her
adult children, in Amazon's Transparent.
In accepting his award, Tambor called
on Hollywood to hire more transgender actors.
“Please give transgender talent a
chance,” he said. “Give them auditions. Give them their
“I would not be unhappy were I the
last cisgender male to play a transgender female on TV,” he added,
a reference to the recent controversy surrounding the casting of Matt
Bomer as a transgender sex worker in the upcoming film Anything.
“We have work to do.”
Transparent creator Jill Soloway
won a directing Emmy. “I've always wanted to be part of a
movement. This TV show allows me to take my dreams about unlikable
Jewish people, queer folk, trans folk, and make them heroes. Thank
you to the trans community for your lived lives,” she said in
accepting her award.
Kate McKinnon's acting win got the
attention of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, whom
McKinnon has played in various Saturday Night Live skits.
“Congratulations on your Emmy, Kate!
Big fan of yours, too,” Clinton tweeted, though it was uncertain
whether Clinton herself wrote the message since it did not end with
her signature H.
Sarah Paulson received acting
nominations for her work on The People v. O.J. Simpson: American
Crime Story and American Horror Story: Hotel,
and won her first Emmy for her portrayal of prosecutor Marcia Clark
in the The People v. O.J. Simpson.