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This years Emmys ceremony provided plenty of laughs, but it also offered some genuine pathos.
Among the sentimental moments included Tracy Morgan discussing his recovery, Transparent‘s Jeffrey Tambor and Jill Soloway lauding the transgender community and Viola Davis weighing in on the state of diversity in Hollywood.
The 30 Rock star took the stage to present the best dramatic series Emmy at the end of the ceremony, showing his appreciation for his fans and his medical team. “Thanks to my amazing doctors, and the support of my family, my beautiful new wife, I’m here, standing on my own two feet,” he said.
He also proved that he still retained his sense of humor. He said of the traumatic 2014 limo accident from which he suffered brain damage as a passenger: “When I finally regained consciousness, I was just ecstatic to learn that I wasn’t the one that messed up.”
Tambor and Soloway both addressed transgender issues in their acceptance speeches. “We don’t have a trans tipping point yet — we have a trans civil rights problem,” Soloway said.
Tambor dedicated his award to the transgender community, saying: “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.”
Davis began her acceptance speech with a quote from Harriet Tubman before adding: “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.” She also showed her appreciation for other black actresses, including Halle Berry and Kerry Washington.
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Thomas Brodie Sangster