If it weren’t confirmed already, today cemented it: Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the all-time greatest comedic performers in television history.
JLD picked up her fifth consecutive Emmy Award a short while ago for her role as Selina Meyer on HBO’s stunningly funny series ‘Veep,’ breaking the record for most consecutive Emmy Awards won by an actor. This also marks her tenth overall nomination for the award, tying Mary Tyler Moore for the most overall nominations.
The award, officially the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, is Louis-Dreyfus’ sixth overall, having previously picked up one in 2005-06 for her role in ‘The New Adventures of Old Christine.’
Louis-Dreyfus beat out a reasonably strong field of fellow-nominees, which included Ellie Kemper for ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,’ Laurie Metcalf for ‘Getting On,’ Tracee Ellis Ross for ‘Black-ish,’ Amy Schumer for ‘Inside Amy Schumer,’ and Lily Tomlin for ‘Grace and Frankie.’
In accepting the award, a visibly trembling and emotionally shaken Louis-Dreyfus first cracked wise by personally apologising for the current US political climate, stating that ‘Veep‘ had started out as a political satire, but had now become more of a “sobering documentary.”
But it was the conclusion of her speech that took the breath out of the theatre when she dedicated her award to her father, Willie Louis-Dreyfus, who passed away a mere two days ago.
“I’m so glad that he liked ‘Veep,’ because his opinion was the one that really mattered.”
Oh man. 🙁
As far as comedic actors go, there are few better than her. And in terms of awards, there are now none more decorated.
Here’s to you, JLD.
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