Jon Hamm had come up empty in seven previous Emmy ceremonies, despite an annual nomination in the Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series category for his performance as Don Draper in "Mad Men." On Sunday, nominated for his work in the acclaimed AMC series' final season, Hamm had one more chance to take home some hardware for the show. Apparently, eight times is the charm as Hamm was announced the big winner at the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards.
Hamm was nominated against Kyle Chandler for Netflix's “Bloodline," Jeff Daniels for HBO's “The Newsroom,” Bob Odenkirk for AMC's “Better Call Saul," Liev Schreiber for Showtime's “Ray Donovan," and Kevin Spacey for Netflix's “House of Cards."
Many expected that this was his year considering the sentiment and praise surrounding the final season of "Mad Men." Emmy winner and former "Two and a Half Men" star Jon Cryer even started a Twitter campaign to convince Emmy voters to give Hamm the nod.
In his speech Hamm saluted his fellow nominees and thanked those who had helped him throughout his career. "I want to thank the people have been nice to me on this strange, strange ride," said Hamm.
Hamm also appeared to thank his longtime girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt when he referenced "Jen" in his speech. Hamm and Westfeldt, who were together for 18 years, announced that they had separated earlier this month.
Watch Jon Hamm in the final season of "Mad Men" below: