Julia Louis-Dreyfus fell one Emmy short of going 7 for 7 for “Veep,” which means she also didn’t add to her record for the most Best Comedy Actress wins or nab the solo record as the most awarded primetime performer. But she can still extend some of her own records at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
With nine wins, Louis-Dreyfus is the most decorated performer in SAG Awards history. She set the record in 2018 following dual wins for TV comedy actress and comedy ensemble for “Veep,” breaking the previous record of eight held by Alec Baldwin and Julianna Margulies. She’s competing in the same two categories for “Veep’s” final season, so she could be at 11 SAG Awards — which is also her Emmy total — by the end of January.
Louis-Dreyfus’ SAG Awards victories are in just two categories: five in TV comedy actress and four in comedy ensemble. Her five solo wins are not just a category record, but one across both comedy and drama among TV actresses. Previously tied with Margulies and Tina Fey at four, she has two statuettes for “Seinfeld” (1997-98) and three for “Veep” (2014, 2017-18). Her ensemble awards are spread between “Seinfeld” (1995, 1997-98) and “Veep” (2018).
“Veep” did not get a farewell hug from the Emmys at all, going 0-9, but the SAG Awards can be more sentimental and sometimes likes to go back to old favorites (“Downton Abbey” took home two more drama ensemble prizes after “Breaking Bad” was taken care of for its final season, and Louis-Dreyfus herself reclaimed comedy actress from “Orange Is the New Black’s” Uzo Aduba after two years). But the SAG Awards also has to frequently play catch-up since it bypasses a lot of shows on the first go-around. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” dominated everywhere for its first season except the SAG Awards, which didn’t even nominate it but made it up by giving it three wins for its second season.
“Maisel” could sweep again since SAG voters like repeat champs, but our odds foresee them playing catch-up with Emmy champ “Fleabag,” which has never been SAG-nominated. The show is in first place in both comedy ensemble and actress for Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who spoiled Louis-Dreyfus’ perfect Emmy ending. “Veep” is in third place in the former, behind “Maisel,” and Louis-Dreyfus is in second in the latter. Will “Fleabag” prevent JLD from making history again?
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