2nd Update, 7:14 PM: “This is about changing people’s lives, this is about freedom,” said Jeffrey Tambor tonight backstage at the Golden Globes after accepting the the Best Actor in Television Series – Comedy or Musical award. “Jill (Soloway) transformed my life and changed my life. I was given this role called Maura Pfefferman and it’s been the most transformative role and the most challenging,” the actor remarked of his transgendered role on Transparent. “I’m 70 years old, this doesn’t happen every day. This was not for the reviews, the rewards, but to get it right.” Tonight’s GG win was the first for the 6-time Emmy nominated Tambor.
The actor also held nothing back in his praise of Amazon Studios. “Amazon and Joe (Lewis) were behind me,” he said of the Jeff Bezos formed company, “they have guts and they have taste.” Tambor’s remarks on the studio and its support echo those of Soloway late last year. Today’s wins were the first major awards for Amazon with the series that has truly put the streaming service on the map.
“When they would come to the set, it was like Off-Broadway, it was just, ‘Go go go,” said Tambor of Amazon Studios’ tHead of Comedy Lewis and other execs. “Working with Jill and with these people, it’s a very safe set. There is no wrong. They’re just getting it right. Let me just say something, acting also is receiving and I get to receive this beauty and these performances, it was amazing.”
Update, 6:39 PM: Its a two for two for Transparent and Amazon Studios tonight at the Golden Globes. Less than an hour after the transgender family series won Best Series, lead Jeffrey Tambor won the Best Actor in Television Series – Comedy or Musical award. “This is big, this is much bigger than me,” said Tambor up on stage at the Beverly Hilton. “I would like to dedicate this award to the transgendered community,” the actor added in his acceptance speech as well as thanking series creator Jill Soloway, his castmates and the HFPA. “Thank you, thank you, thank you for your courage, thank you your inspiration, thank you for your patience and thank you for letting us be a part of the change.”
Earlier, Soloway told the media backstage just how close to home the series is to her. “My own parent came out as transgendered, 3 years ago,” she said. “It was a lot, a big announcement and my first thought was ‘I love you and I’m proud of you and thank you for being you and telling me who you are’ and my second thought a few moments later was ‘I think I have a TV show.’ This show just made itself,” Soloway said.
Previous, 5:41 PM: I picked it as the best new TV show of 2014 and tonight the Golden Globes gave Transparent the Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical award. The Jill Soloway created series with Jeffrey Tambor leading an ensemble cast is the first Golden Globes nominations for Amazon Studios. As the transgendered patriarch, Tambor is up for Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical tonight too.
Most of the cast of the show went up on stage with Soloway who gave a heartfelt speech dedicating the win to Ohio teen Leelaj Alcorn, who committed suicide late last year because of not being accepted for who she was. “I want to thank the trans community,” said the director. “They are our family. They make this possible. This award is dedicated to the memory of Leelah Alcorn and too many trans people who die, to you. And it is dedicated to my Mapa. You’re watching at home now and I just wanted to thank you for coming out. Because in doing so, you made a break for freedom. You told your truth and you taught me how to tell my truth in making this show and maybe we’re going to be able to teach the world something about authenticity, truth and love. To love.”
After the pilot of a L.A. family about to go through some very dramatic changes went up online on February 6, the first season of Transparent debuted online on September 26 last year. On October 9, Amazon announced a second season of the series to debut later this year.