Amazon wins first Golden Globe for transgender series Transparent

Creator Jill Soloway paid tribute to late transgender woman Leelah Alcorn

Tim Walker@timwalker
Monday 12 January 2015 03:28
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Actor Jay Duplass, writer/producer/director Jill Soloway, actors Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light, winners of Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy for 'Transparent'
Actor Jay Duplass, writer/producer/director Jill Soloway, actors Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light, winners of Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy for 'Transparent'

Amazon’s streaming service has won its first ever Golden Globe award, taking the prize for Best TV Series – Comedy or Musical, for Transparent.

Writer-director Jill Soloway’s acclaimed comedy drama stars Jeffrey Tambor as the patriarch of a Los Angeles family, who is preparing for gender reassignment surgery.

Beloved by critics, Transparent is considered the Amazon brand’s first breakthrough series, and was re-commissioned for a second series in October.

Accepting the award at the Beverly Hilton hotel in LA, Soloway dedicated the win to her own transgender parent and the memory of transgender woman Leelah Alcorn who committed suicide recently.

"Too many trans people die too young," she said. "It's dedicated to you, my trans parent, my moppa. I just want to thank you for coming out because in doing so you made a break for freedom, you told your truth, you taught me how to tell my truth and make this show. And maybe we’re going to be able to teach the world something about authenticity and truth and love. To love."

Tambor was also named Best Actor in a comedy series, and in his speech thanked the transgender community. “Thank you for your courage, thank-you for your inspiration, thank-you for your patience, and thank-you for letting us be a part of the change,” he said.

Amazon is not the first streaming service to claim a Golden Globe. Last year, many expected House of Cards to take home a substantial haul for Netflix, though the political drama was eventually rewarded with a single, ground-breaking Golden Globe for Robin Wright, who was named Best Actress in a television drama.

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