'Mad Men's Jon Hamm finally to get some Emmy love?

Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:08am EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Don Draper's blissful smile closed the series finale of "Mad Men" in May, and on Sunday actor Jon Hamm will likely find some redemption of his own.

Hamm, a struggling actor who became an unlikely sex symbol, has never won an Emmy for his performance as the show's conflicted, mysterious advertising genius.

Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards mark his last chance to take home the coveted honor and this time Hamm is the overwhelming favorite, TV pundits say.

"It would be like a crime if Jon Hamm didn't win at this point," said the Los Angeles Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic Mary McNamara. "To divorce the success of 'Mad Men' from Hamm's performance is absurd."

Hamm, 44, had to audition seven times for the Don Draper role in the 1960s era show that has won the best drama series Emmy four times.

He has been Emmy-nominated, and lost, seven times since 2008, prompting the launch in August of a #Hammpaign Twitter campaign as members of the Television Academy cast their ballots.

Hamm's Draper quickly became the talk of "Mad Men" but his Emmy chances in the past may have been hampered by a deceptively laid-back performance that embodied the slow-burning feel of the AMC series.

"Don Draper is not a showy role, because 'Mad Men' is not a showy show. He is not killing anyone, there are no scenery-chewing performances that stand out," said McNamara.   Continued...

Cast member Jon Hamm attends the "Mad Men: Live Read & Series Finale" held in Los Angeles May 17, 2015. REUTERS/Phil McCarten/Files