Tambor was up against five other actors for the 2016 trophy

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September 18, 2016 09:15 PM

It’s a big night for Jeffrey Tambor after taking home the 2016 Emmy Award for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for his work on Transparent.

This is the second consecutive Emmy win and eighth nomination for Jeffrey Tambor.

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“Listen to me, I’m not gonna say this beautifully, but to you people out there you producers and network owners and you agents and you creative sparks, please give transgender talent a chance. Give them auditions. Give them their story.”

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Tambor claimed victory in a tough race against fellow nominees William H. Macy of Shameless, Anthony Anderson of black-ish, Will Forte of The Last Man on Earth, Aziz Ansari of Master of None, and Thomas Middleditch of Silicon Valley.

“I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a female gender on television. We have work to do.”

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Speaking in the press room after his win, Tambor commented on Caitlyn Jenner‘s upcoming appearance on the show: “I love Caitlyn and she is courageous. And she has killed on our show.”

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, are airing live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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