Early Emmy Awards snapped up by ‘Transparent’ and ‘Veep’

Kasia Ostlun, left, and Jeffrey Tambor arrive at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Transparent” emerged as an early winner at Sunday’s Emmy Awards, capturing a best comedy actor trophy for Jeffrey Tambor and a directing award for its creator, and giving both winners a chance to pay tribute to the show’s trangender themes.

“I’d like to dedicate my performance and this award to the transgender community. … Thanks for letting us be part of the change,” said Tambor, who plays a man journeying toward womanhood.

Jill Soloway, who based the series on her own father’s story, used her directing trophy acceptance speed to ask for equal rights for transgender individuals.

It is legal in the majority of U.S. states to refuse to rent to “trans people,” she said, saying the country has a civil rights problem that must be addressed.

Allison Janney of “Mom” and Tony Hale of “Veep” captured supporting comedy acting awards. Julie Louis-Dreyfus won the top comedy actress award for “Veep.”

Janney, who plays a dysfunctional parent, thanked series producer Chuck Lorre for creating a deeply flawed character and “thinking of me to play her.”

After singing a thank-you list to colleagues and family, she lauded the comedy for reminding those lives that are touched by addiction that “there is hope.”

“This is nuts,” said Tony Hale, thanking his show’s writers and lauding his fellow nominees: “You make me laugh hard.”

Janney was honored as best supporting actress in a comedy for her role as a dysfunctional parent in “Mom.”

“There were eight of us in this category,” Janney said. “I feel like I won the lottery.”

She thanked series producer Chuck Lorre for creating a deeply flawed character and “thinking of me to play her.”

After singing a thank-you list to colleagues and family, she lauded the comedy for reminding those lives that are touched by addiction that “there is hope.”

Host Andy Samberg kicked off the ceremony with a video in which he made elaborate fun of the overload of TV programs available.

“So many shows, so little,” he sang, before entering a “TV viewing bunker” to binge-view on all the nominated shows. A bearded, shaggy-haired Samberg emerged to boast to contenders Jon Hamm and Kerry Washington that he had them and everyone else covered.

Appearing on stage, groomed, Samberg touched briefly on the political scene.

“Sure, Donald Trump seems racist,” he said. “What else?”

He also took note of what he called the most diverse group of nominees in Emmy history. They include Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson, who could become the first non-white winner in the best drama series actress category.

“So congratulations, Hollywood, you did it. Racism is over! Don’t fact-check that,” Samberg said.

“Game of Thrones,” this year’s top nominee overall, could make a notable showing with a best drama victory: It would become the second fantasy or sci-fi show to get the award, following “Lost” in 2005.

Its competition includes the final season of “Mad Men,” poised to set a record as the most honored drama series ever with a fifth award. The cast hasn’t fared as well, never winning despite repeated nods.

Making a last stand are star Jon Hamm, whose portrayal of troubled ad man Don Draper has been nominated for each of the drama’s eight seasons, along with best actress nominee Elisabeth Moss and supporting actress contender Christina Hendricks.

When it comes to ratings, Fox is counting on more than the audience’s love of TV as the attraction. “Fox NFL Sunday” is broadcasting from the red carpet and the Philadelphia Eagles-Dallas Cowboys telecast precedes the awards.

Having football as the lead-in to 2013’s Emmys made the ceremony a winner for CBS with 17.8 million viewers, the biggest audience in eight years. Last year’s 15.6 million viewers was the second-highest total for the period.

Not everyone was preparing to win. Jimmy Fallon, on the red carpet, said: “Mom, thank you for everything. Because I’m probably not going to get onstage.”

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Allison Janney was honored at Sunday’s Emmy Awards as best supporting actress in a comedy for her role as a dysfunctional parent in “Mom.”

“There were eight of us in this category,” Janney said. “I feel like I won the lottery.”

She thanked series producer Chuck Lorre for creating a deeply flawed character and “thinking of me to play her.”

After singing a thank-you list to colleagues and family, she lauded the comedy for reminding those lives that are touched by addiction that “there is hope.”

“Veep” won two early awards — the writers of the “Election Night” episode and Tony Hale for best supporting actor.

Host Andy Samberg kicked off the ceremony with a video in which he made elaborate fun of the overload of TV programs available.

“So many shows, so little,” he sang, before entering a “TV viewing bunker” to binge-view on all the nominated shows. A bearded, shaggy-haired Samberg emerged to boast to contenders Jon Hamm and Kerry Washington that he had them and everyone else covered.

Appearing on stage, groomed, Samberg touched briefly on the political scene.

“Sure, Donald Trump seems racist,” he said. “What else?”

He also took note of what he called the most diverse group of nominees in Emmy history. They include Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson, who could become the first non-white winner in the best drama series actress category.

“So congratulations, Hollywood, you did it. Racism is over! Don’t fact-check that,” Samberg said.

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