He got the loudest cheer in the room when his name was called out, and finally he got the Emmy for which he’d been forced to wait so long.
“This is the first win and the 16th nomination for Jon Hamm,” the announcer said as the star of the cable series Mad Men literally crawled up and onto the stage.
Did he look happy? Not especially.
Did he look relieved? Hell yes.
Don Draper, the dipsomaniac ad man at the heart of Mad Men, was the role of a lifetime, and the series is now over. Hamm had been nominated for best lead actor in each of the show’s previous seven seasons and he’d never won. If not this time, then when?
Though host Andy Samberg quipped “I was pulling for [Kyle] Chandler”, Hamm was a popular winner. There was a standing ovation as he took the award from presenter Tina Fey – with whom he shared a brief on-screen relationship as neighbours and lovers in seasons three and four of 30 Rock (a role, incidentally, for which he received two Emmy nominations as best guest actor in a comedy series) – and a mouthed “thank you” as he took the statuette.
Where Don would have commanded the room with a barely disguised air of disdain, Hamm was bashful. “Oooh,” he muttered. “Nope, nope, nope, nope.”
Gathering himself, he said: “There has been a terrible mistake, clearly. Thank you for that.
“This is impossible, it’s impossible to be named with all those extraordinary gentleman,” a reference to his fellow nominees, Bob Odenkirk (star of the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul), Kyle Chandler (Bloodline), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) and Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan).
“It’s impossible to be standing up here, it’s impossible to have done this show with this incredible cast, these incredible people, these incredible writers, our incredible crew, the network and studio who put this on, Lionsgate and AMC – am I saying that right? – and it’s incredible and impossible for me personally to be standing here.
“So I want to thank the people to whom I owe an incredible debt. People who in my life have gotten me here. Families who have chosen, for some reason, to take me in and be nice to me, along this strange, strange road.”
Incredible (yes, really) as it seemed, at this point it was almost as if the back stories of Don Draper and Jon Hamm were merging into one. The poor abandoned kid, raised in a brothel, who only ever wanted a place to call, and feel at, home.
But whatever he was pointing to, it stayed between him and the bunch of people he thanked by name.
And then it was our turn.
“Thank you to everyone who watched the show,” he said, winding up before the music cut him out. “And thank you for this.”
Source: The Syndney Morning Herald