Jill Soloway, Jeffrey Tambor Snag Emmys for 'Transparent'

The winners in the best comedy director and best comedy actor categories call for greater diversity in television. Soloway: 'Topple the patriarchy.'

Jill Soloway accepts the award for Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series for "Transparent" at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 18, 2016.
Jill Soloway accepts the award for Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series for "Transparent" at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 18, 2016. Mike Blake, Reuters

The groundbreaking show "Transparent" won big at the Emmys on Sunday, snagging awards for best director and best actor in the comedy category.

It also won an emmy for outstanding production design. 

The Amazon show looks at how a transgender woman's transition impacts her grown children. The show is nominated in nine Emmy categories this year, including best comedy. 

In her acceptance speech, "Transparent" director Jill Soloway called for greater diversity in television. 

“It’s a privilege, and creates privilege, when you take people of color, women, trans people, queer people, as the subjects of stories,” she said. “You change the world, we found out.”

“… This TV show allows me to take my dreams about unlikable Jewish people, queer folk, trans folk, and make them heroes. Thank you to the trans community for your lived lives,” she said.

She concluded the speech with a call to "Topple the patriarchy."

Jeffrey Tambor, who plays the lead character, Maura, won the Emmy Award for best comedy actor. 

He joined Soloway's call for diversity by asking the industry to give “transgender talent a chance.”

“I would not be unhappy if I were the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television, we have work to do,” he added.

He thanked Soloway in his acceptance speech: “You changed my life, you changed my career and you changed everything."

This is the second year in a row Tambor has won the best comedy actor Emmy.

Earlier in Sunday's Emmy show Tambor introduced a tribute to the late Garry Shandling whose "Larry Sanders Show" he co-starred in.