Jeffrey Tambor took home the Emmy for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his gender transitioning role in Amazon's Transparent on Sunday, and when he took the stage, he was emotional.
"I had a teacher who used to say, 'When you act, you have to act as if your life depends on it.' Now I've been given the opportunity to act because people's lives depend on it," Tambor said onstage, getting choked up.
The 71-year-old veteran actor thanked Transparent creator Jill Solloway, who won for Directing in a Comedy Series, and his "gorgeous" co-stars -- "everywhere you cast your eye, there's genius." He nearly broke down when he thanked his wife of more than a decade, Kasia Ostlun, for being the reason he’s on the Emmys stage.
But it was Tambor’s message to the transgender community that really brought the message home.
"Not to repeat myself but to specifically repeat myself, I'd like to dedicate my performance and this award to the transgender community," an emotional Tambor 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," he concluded his acceptance speech.
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