SAG Awards 2016: Jeffrey Tambor dedicates SAG win to trans men and women
Jeffrey Tambor dedicated his first-ever SAG Award to the transgender community.
Tambor, who took home the Actor for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance as Maura Pfefferman on Amazon’s Transparent, described his character, a transgender woman, as “very entitled” and wealthy.
“I’d just like to dedicate this award to the non-Maura Pfeffermans, who don’t have a lot of cash, for their operations, for their medicine, for their freedom,” Tambor said onstage at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center on Saturday night.
Tambor spoke more backstage about his desire to reach out to the trans community.
“I’ve gotten letters from people telling me… how [Transparent] has helped them in their freedom and taking their authenticity and through some very, very hard times,” Tambor said. “I want to especially reach out to the people who are not Maura Pfefferman and don’t shop in the mall, things like that, and people who are really scraping by to get their freedom and their medicine and hormone shots and surgeries. It’s not a red carpet thing; it’s a people thing. Al Pacino said it in And Justice For All: “They’re people, they’re people.”
Although Tambor is no stranger to SAG nominations — hello, Arrested Development — this was his first nomination for his work on Transparent.
Tambor beat out fellow nominees Ty Burell (Modern Family),Louis C.K. (Louie), William H. Macy (Shameless), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), and Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent).
Announcing the award was Arrested Development costar Jason Bateman, who played Tambor’s son in the comedy series. “Get up here, Dad,” Bateman joked before naming Tambor the winner.
See the complete list of Saturday night’s winners here.