Jon Hamm just won an Emmy, finally.
Hamm has been nominated for an Emmy 16 times, which is probably a lot more times than you. He's been nominated eight times for lead actor in a drama series for his role as Don Draper in Mad Men, four times for guest acting on 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and four times as a Mad Men producer. But until tonight, he had zero wins, and anyone who's seen a TV show was like, "Give this guy an Emmy!"
Obviously awards are—allegedly—not what makes an actor's work meaningful. I mean, I've seen an acceptance speech before. But if anyone ever deserved a little external validation, it's Jon Hamm for acting in a TV show. Has anyone ever been acting, I believe the technical term is, harder?
Since Mad Men ended and tonight was Hamm's final opportunity to win for the show, a lot was at stake for the future of people getting trophies for doing a good job. Thankfully, we can all relax now.