Emmys: Jon Hamm Wins Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Andy Samberg hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
Jon Hamm took home the Emmy for lead actor in a drama series for his performance in Mad Men at Sunday night's ceremony.
Hamm beat out Kyle Chandler (Bloodline), Jeff Daniels (Newsroom), Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) and Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) to win the award.
Before walking to the podium to accept his award, Hamm rolled himself onto the stage as if dragging himself to the finish line of a long race — which of course it was; after 16 Emmy total nominations (eight straight for lead actor in a drama series) and with Mad Men having ended its run after seven seasons, 2015 was Hamm's last chance to take home the award for his iconic role as Don Draper — and the crowd seemed happy for him, to say the least.
"There has been a terrible mistake, clearly," Hamm began his speech. "This is impossible. It's impossible to be named with all these extraordinary gentlemen. It's impossible to be standing up here. It's impossible to have done this show with all these incredible people, these incredible actors, incredible writers, incredible crew."
"We're so happy for Jon Hamm, who took a complex and nuanced character created on the page by Matthew Weiner and turned him into a truly iconic figure in popular culture," Charlie Collier, AMC president, said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "The idea of anyone else playing Don Draper is unimaginable, and that’s credit to Jon. How wonderful to see him receive this deserved recognition."
The 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg, took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday.