There’s always next year? At Monday night’s 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, Jon Hamm missed out on yet another Emmy Award for his role on “Mad Men.” The 43-year-old actor, who has been nominated seven times for his role as hard drinking ad exec Don Draper on the AMC series, lost the Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama category to longtime rival Bryan Cranston.
Hamm was also up against Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom), Woody Harrelson ("True Detective"), Matthew McConaughey ("True Detective"), and Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards"). On Monday, The Hollywood Reporter noted that McConaughey was actually the favorite going into this year's show.
“Mad Men” has just seven episodes left, and then it – and Hamm’s chances for a Don Draper Emmy –will be gone for good. And while he isn’t exactly a Susan Lucci when it comes to missing out on an acting Emmy, his “Mad Men” nominations, combined with several guest actor nods (for his appearances on “30 Rock”), are starting to mount up. Some wonder if the talented actor will ever earn an acting Emmy.
And it seems even he does. During a faux Q & A during the live Emmys telecast, Hamm and his peers poked fun at his Emmy losing streak. When Julianna Marguiles asked host Seth Meyers if she could have Maggie Smith’s Emmy (the “Downton Abbey” actress wasn’t present for this year’s awards show), Meyers told her “no,” because “somebody already called it.” The camera panned to a sheepish looking Hamm.
Even Weird Al Yancovic got into the action. During a musical revamp of famous TV theme songs, the Grammy winning parodist took on the “Mad Men” opening music, singing, “Jon Hamm’s never won an Emmy .. . oh who cares … he’s still Jon freaking Hamm.”
Of course, Emmy wins aside, Hamm has been a late bloomer all around. He recently told GQ that while he tried to break into television two decades ago, it just wasn’t meant to be.
"Flick through the TV guide in the Nineties,” he told the magazine. “I auditioned for every one of those shows. It wasn't just my looks. My energy wasn't right … It wasn't me. I had to grow into being hireable. People said to me, just wait until you're 40. I was like, 40?"
Seven episodes left. There’s always next year.