Transparent creator Jill Soloway gave Amazon some high praise on Sunday night — ranking the company right after “The Goddess” on the list of overseers she wished to thank upon receiving the Emmy Award for Outstanding Director in a Comedy Series.
“Goddess first, Amazon second,” she said.
But that was just part of the praise heaped upon the technology giant during the awards show.
Soloway went on to thank Jeff Bezos (Amazon CEO), Joe Lewis (Amazon Studios head of comedy), and Roy Price (Amazon Studios chief) “for giving me this incredible artistic freedom.”
Later, Jeffrey Tambor, accepting the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, thanked “the brilliant publicity team at Amazon, ‘my new BFFs.’ ”
The exposure at the high-profile awards show could help to boost interest in the Amazon Prime Video service, and Amazon Prime subscriptions, in turn. The company has been doing well in the world of original content, holding its own against Netflix and other video services with its exclusive shows. Transparent won two Golden Globes earlier his year.
And yes, Bezos was on hand again this time.
Jeff Bezos just showed up to the Amazon party to celebrate the streamer's two wins tonight #Emmy2015
— Natalie Jarvey (@natjarv) September 21, 2015
Here are Tambor’s and Soloway’ acceptance speeches, both of which drew attention to transgender inequality. The show centers around the story of Tambor’s character, Maura Pfefferman, a father of three who comes out as transgender.