Mad Men star Jon Hamm won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Drama on Sunday night, capping off an acclaimed seven-season turn as tortured ad man Don Draper. It was Hamm’s sixth Golden Globe nomination and second win, though since his previous win came during 2008’s Writers Guild of America strike, this was the actor’s first opportunity to accept a Golden Globe on camera.
“I really did not think I was going to be doing this,” Hamm said as he accepted the award, adding that he was “humbled” to be included with his fellow nominees. He went on to address series creator Matthew Weiner.
“Thanks to Mr. Weiner, who wrote this horrible person all the way through to the end of the ride, and for picking me to play him.”
“And thanks for not taking my suggestion and ending the entire series on Chumbawamba,” Hamm joked. “You picked the right song.”
Hamm’s fellow nominees were Rami Malek (Mr. Robot), Wagner Moura (Narcos), Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), and Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan).
Backstage, Hamm said, “It’s an incredible honor to be included with people on my list this year and every year, it seems, because they’re so different and remarkable and inspiring, what they do.” He went on to praise his fellow nominees by name, noting that Narcos “blew [his] mind” and he “watched every split second of Mr. Robot.”
“The HFPA supported us at the very beginning,” said Hamm, “when there was no ceremony because of the strike, and to end it this way is really gravy.”