Julia Louis-Dreyfus has once again made Emmy history with her performance as Selina Meyer on the HBO comedy series “Veep” by winning her sixth consecutive Comedy Lead Actress trophy for her role as the former Vice President and President of the United States. She bested the record she set last year with her fifth consecutive win.
Even more impressively, Louis-Dreyfus now stands alongside the legendary Cloris Leachman as the most fêted performer in Emmy Awards history with eight overall wins. With her victory tonight, Louis-Dreyfus pulls ahead of her category rival Allison Janney, who entering tonight’s ceremony also boasted seven career acting trophies and hoped to win for her performance on “Mom.”
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”). Louis-Dreyfus submitted the season six finale, “Groundbreaking,” for Emmy consideration this year.
In her acceptance speech, Louis-Dreyfus applauded all of the “superb” women in the category, thanked the series’ creator Armando Iannucci and current showrunner David Mandel, and jabbed at President Donald J. Trump, joking that next season of “Veep” was to feature an impeachment storyline, but the team decided to change course because they worried “someone else might get to it first.”
In addition to her eight acting Emmys (six for “Veep,” one for “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” and one for “Seinfeld” in the Comedy Supporting Actress category), Louis-Dreyfus has won three Emmys as a producer of the HBO satire, which has now won Best Comedy Series for three years running.