Mad Men might officially be over, but the Emmy race has just begun. The show's creator Matthew Weiner is making his case for Jon Hamm, who is yet to win an award for his portrayal of the advertisement genius and womanizer Don Draper.
According to The Hollywood Reporter on Friday, Weiner credits Hamm for being a "master of subtlety" and for making the show one of the most talked about dramas on television.
He said, "A big part of drama is creating a tone - and in the scope of Mad Men, with the passage of time and the smallness of the interactions, we have tried to re-create what we think feels like reality."
Weiner added, "The ending of Mad Men was designed to have some unusual emotional confrontations. Jon, in particular, has to unpeel layers of intimacy, as we saw Don become more emotionally vulnerable and more of a person without the mask of success as his protection. It was particularly challenging because Jon spent the last eight weeks of the show with people with whom he had never worked before - though, in a way, I knew as a director that would add to his vulnerability."
Weiner also explained how Hamm basically went beyond everyone's expectations during one of the last scenes of the finale, in which he makes a phone call to his protégée Peggy, played by Elisabeth Moss.
He said, "I can be pretty specific about the physical activity, but Jon is the one who physically folded over in that phone call. We just moved the camera to capture whatever he chose to do. You can write it, but you can't make it happen."
Mad Men bowed out for the last time after seven seasons in May. The show aired on the AMC network.