Julia Louis-Dreyfus Makes Emmys History for Veep Win

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Makes Emmys History for Veep Win

Darren Sullivan
September 22, 2017

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Communication '83) steps on the stage at the Emmy Awards in 2015.

Louis-Dreyfus has won every year she's played mercurial president Meyer, and this was her 24th overall Emmy nomination.

Likewise, when the outstanding Comedy Series category was announced by comedy legends Carol Burnett and Norman Lear, Veep cleaned up there, as well.

She is now holding the record for having the most wins in the lead actress category with seven awards.

"I'm out of a job", said "Veep" showrunner David Mandel, referring to the fact that the show will end after its seventh season in 2018.

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Melissa McCarthy was honoured at last weekend's creative arts Emmys as best guest actress for her "SNL" work, including portraying Sean Spicer. Combined with Emmys she's won for "Seinfeld" and "New Adventures of Old Christine", that would tie her with Cloris Leachman as the most-winning Emmy performer ever.

"More great roles for women, please", said Kidman as she and her fellow executive producer and co-star Reese Witherspoon accepted the miniseries' award. Seth Meyers (C96, H16) and Billy Eichner (C00), both nominees, were featured in the show as a presenter and in a pre-show gag, respectively.

In her speech, Louis-Dreyfus began by thanking her fellow nominees, the "fine and powerful amusing ladies in our category. you are superb and I adore you".

The show is in the running for five more gongs at the main ceremony, with Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon nominated for their turns as Trump and campaign rival Hillary Clinton.

Aside from Janney, Louis-Dreyfus contended against Pamela Adlon ("Better Things"), Jane Fonda ("Grace and Frankie"), Ellie Kemper ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"), Tracee Ellis Ross ("Black-ish"), and Lily Tomlin ("Grace and Frankie").