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Emmys 2016: Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor demands Hollywood 'give transgender talent a chance'

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He was accepting his second award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy

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Jeffrey Tambor has won the Emmy award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for the second year in a row for his performance in Amazon's Transparent. Accepting the award, he told a story about meeting Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, saying, "He took my hand and said 'you can call me Jeff Bezos.'"

He used the moment to ask that Hollywood "give transgender talent a chance, give them auditions, give them their stories," adding that he would "not be unhappy" were he "the last cisgender man to play a female transgender on TV." Tambor expressed similar sentiments when he accepted awards at the 2015 Emmy Awards, the 2015 Golden Globes, and the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards. At the SAG Awards he also dedicated his trophy to "the non-Maura Pfeffermans who don't have a lot of cash for their operations, for their medicines, for their freedom."

It's the second win of the night for Transparent, which also took home Outstanding Direction for a Comedy Series for an episode directed by its creator, Jill Soloway.