The Voice, Winner – Outstanding Reality Competition Series:
“This is young America’s favorite show,” exec producer Mark Burnett said of The Voice‘s second Emmy win for outstanding reality competition series. While the producers behind the NBC singing competition series relished their win over The Amazing Race — it was Monday that Burnett hoped to win as The Voice returns for its new season in 24 hours. “Let’s hope we win tomorrow,” Burnett said when asked if he thinks The Voice will represent NBC’s lone Emmy win Sunday. As for NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, the exec producer praised now host Arnold Schwarzenegger but stopped short of confirming what the former governor’s “You’re fired” phrase will be though he did address the question with an enthusiastic, “You’re terminated!”
Alison Janney, Winner – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Winner – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Alison Janney and Julia Louis Dreyfus trotted out backstage together where the former described how she felt about tying Ed Asner and Mary Tyler Moore as the only actor to win seven acting trophies. “It’s never not bad to win an Emmy,” said the Mom star, who’s putting her seventh Emmy in her kitchen with her first six. “It’s extraordinary.” As for Dreyfus, she expertly channeled Veep alter ego President Selina Meyer when asked to comment about Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’ refusal to grant licenses to gay marriage: “I’ll tell you something. I think President Meyer would find a very expressive way of not expressing an opinion, straddling the subject so to speak. She would applaud her right to not do what she did, say something about the law of the land and, at the end of the day, not say one god damn thing.”
Jill Soloway, Winner – Outstanding Director for a Comedy Series for Transparent:
First-time Emmy winner Jill Soloway, whose dramedy Transparent is a based on her life, used her platform backstage to build upon her acceptance speech calling for transgender equality. “People talk about the trans tipping point — and we’re in such the early days of the trans civil movement,” she told reporters Sunday. She singled out trans friends who are repeatedly denied jobs and noted that she hoped her Amazon comedy would help further the conversation. “If people understood … they’d work harder to change that,” she said, plugging TransEquality.org. “It’s amazing that a TV show, an Emmy and Amazon creates cultural change — and political change must follow.” Soloway also used her time with reporters to push for more diversity behind the camera. “Directing is litigating for the way I see the world. Straight white men have had their hands on the camera and protagonists for way too long,” she said, calling for more women, people of color and transgender directors behind the camera.
Jeffrey Tambor, Winner – Outstanding Actor for a Comedy Series for Transparent:
First-time Emmy winner Jeffrey Tambor — who became the first actor/actress to win an Emmy for playing a transgender character (for Amazon’s Transparent) — called Maura Pfefferman a 71-year-old teenager in that she’s still learning how to be herself (and put on makeup as well as walk in heels). Tambor, who had been nominated six other times for supporting work, called playing Maura Pfefferman a “huge responsibility” because he watned to do it right — and because “lives are at stake.” “With our stories and our humor, we’re moving the whole question forward. … I always thought there was teaching in the laughter and in humor. With the laughter and real humor, you can kill prejudice and keep it far away.” Like series creator (and fellow Emmy winner) Jill Soloway, Tambor hoped that the victories mean more people check out the Amazon comedy. “This is bigger than me; it represents Amazon and what the trans community is doing and what the show is about. We’re the little engine that could. I hope more people watch it and get to experience this revolution.”
Frances McDormand, Winner – Outstanding Actress for a Limited Series – Movie for Transparent:
Speaking on behalf of the many winners of outstanding miniseries Olive Kitteridge, lead actress winner Frances McDormand was not shy about her desire to keep mining the character in more projects. “I want you all to start a social media campaign so we can all film more short stories from Olive Kitteridge,” said McDromand, noting that there’s more from Elizabeth Strout’s source material that didn’t make it into the mini.More to come.