Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins sixth Emmy award for 'Veep' role

Kelley Robertson
September 21, 2017

"The Handmaid's Tale" and political comedy "Veep" won the top prizes at the Emmy awards on Sunday, where "Saturday Night Live" was also a big victor on a night dominated by jokes about U.S. President Donald Trump. The series stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the scheming, amoral politician Selina Meyer, a former vice president and president, and her coterie of handlers and political strategists.

Now-legendary Louis-Dreyfus accepted her award toward the end of the evening, and kept her speech to the packed house at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater short but still meaningful.

A lot of people predicted Julia Louis-Dreyfus winning; especially the industry and television show critics. She claimed that the next (and last) season of "Veep" had planned a "whole storyline about an impeachment" that was ultimately abandoned because "someone else may get there first". She now has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards for acting, tying Cloris Leachman's record.

"I remember thinking as I was standing there, alone, that this was it".

The 2017 Emmys were so good, we're still not over them, and one reason why the ceremony stood out this year was because of the diverse group of talented winners.

"Quebec director Jean-Marc Vallee also won an Emmy for his work on" Big Little Lies".

Riz Ahmed took home the statuette for Best Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie for The Night Of.


This was a banner year for Northwestern alumni Emmy nominees, with more than a dozen actors, writers, producers, and post-production specialists up for awards.

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").

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver scored the awards for Best Variety Talk Series and Best Writing for a Variety Series.

"The world would not be as lovely as it is if we weren't in it", she said in her acceptance speech, referencing the LGBTQ community. "In these insane times, his life, even as an old man, reminds us what courage and leadership in government really looks like", Lithgow said.

"Veep" was this year's most nominated comedy series with a total of 17 Emmy bids.

"This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period".

Louis-Dreyfus' domination did not come as a surprise.

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