Awards: Can Julia Louis-Dreyfus (‘Veep’) Make Emmy History?


EMMYS: Is Julia Louis-Dreyfus unstoppable? The legendary actress has won the past six consecutive Emmys for Lead Actress in a Comedy for her work in “Veep.” This brought her total number of Emmy wins to eleven overall and eight for acting. This year, Louis-Dreyfus received her seventh nomination for “Veep’s” final season. If she wins for this final go around, she will have the most acting wins for a single performer, beating Cloris Leachman, who also has eight wins. Will this be the year she makes history?

Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Emmy History

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is no stranger to beating records. After her sixth win in 2017, she beat legends such as Candice Bergen for “Murphy Brown” and Don Knotts for “The Andy Griffith Show,” who each had five wins. Clearly, her role as Selina Meyers, the U.S. Vice President who rose to the Presidency making every concession along the way, has captivated Emmy voters. Still, that’s not the only Emmy-worthy performance she has given in her career. Since 1992, Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been awarded eight wins from twenty-four nominations. See below for a list of her nominations and wins.

  • Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – “Veep”
    • Six Wins – 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
  • Outstanding Comedy Series (nominated as a producer) – “Veep”
    • Three Wins – 2017, 2016, 2015
    • Three Nominations – 2014, 2013, 2012
  • Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – “The New Adventures of Old Christine”
    • One Win – 2006
    • Four Nominations – 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
  • Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – “Seinfeld”
    • One Win – 1996
    • Six Nominations – 1998, 1997, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992

The Emmys love Julia Louis-Dreyfus, no matter the role. Few actors win awards for three distinct roles. This feat has been accomplished in the past by the likes of Tyne Daly, Allison Janney, Michael J. Fox, and Barbara Stanwyck, among others. As such, the Emmys and Television Academy love Louis-Dreyfus as a performer as much as they love Selina Meyers, the character. With a record like this on the line, Louis-Dreyfus feels like a worthy usurper to the throne. Voters will likely take this into consideration as “Veep” goes into its final awards cycle.

Can “Veep” Get Her The Record?

Usually playing hilarious anti-heroes makes one less likely to win an Emmy. Steve Carrell found this out the hard way as he never won for “The Office” after six nominations. Still, something stands out for Emmy voters about Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ performance as Selina Meyer. Her character’s increasingly bad behavior in this final season shouldn’t deter Louis-Dreyfus from this final win.

Additionally, “Veep” had won three consecutive Comedy Series awards from 2015 – 2017, proving voters love the show as a whole. Heading into nominations, “Veep” and Louis-Dreyfus were the odds on front-runners for Comedy Series and Actress. Unfortunately, “Veep” under-performed on nomination morning. The show received nine nominations for its final season, the lowest amount since its first series win in 2015. Currently, it possesses the fifth most nominations of the category, trailing last year’s winner (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), a buzzy HBO show (“Barry”) and two new entries to the category (“Russian Doll,” “Fleabag”). This puts a large dent in its Comedy Series chances, though it is still very possible.

Does the show’s decrease in nominations hurt Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ hopes of breaking an acting record? Less so. Louis-Dreyfus should worry about the female stars from other Comedy Series nominees, such as Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll”), Catherine O’Hara (“Schitt’s Creek”) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”). However, she still commands a strong lead. Overall, “Veep” received positive notices for its final season, particularly how far it pushes Selina in terms of bad behavior. Nearly all episodes would make a strong enough episode submission. The series finale “Veep” works particularly well, though “South Carolina” and “Super Tuesday” give her plenty of fun things to do.

In short, it looks like Julia Louis-Dreyfus will break the record for most acting wins this year. The show’s decrease in overall Emmy nominations inspires some doubt. Still, Louie-Dreyfus sports a commanding lead. It would take significant campaigning from Waller-Bridge or Brosnahan in order to make a play to win.

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