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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Really Does Deserve Another Emmy for ‘Veep’

Julia Louis-Dreyfus sits behind the Oval Office desk, alone, staring at the emptiness power has wrought. She’s in the middle of her last scene on “Veep,” after her eternal also-ran Selina Meyer has finally ascended to the presidency. The former V.P. sacrificed incalculable personal and moral parts of herself to get here, and Louis-Dreyfus has just been asked to think about that toll for the next take.

“She has lost a lot. Maybe the price was too high?” her showrunner and director David Mandel whispers to her, before walking back to video village where hundreds have gathered to watch the iconic actor’s final moments in-character.

Louis-Dreyfus starts again — her co-stars Andy Daly and Rhea Seehorn enter, deal Selina some aggravating news, and flee, as Selina mutters, “The level of incompetence in this office is just…”

She trails off. That line, added a few takes prior, harkens back to Selina’s time as Vice President, when she complained endlessly about her second-rate staff for the second-rate position, and this is the moment: the price Mandel asked her to remember. Louis-Dreyfus lets her face go limp; her eyes fixate on a point beyond that room; she’s lost in an ocean of regret, all by herself, and a decade of agony flashes across her face.

Then the phone rings, and Louis-Dreyfus pulls herself out of it, ad-libbing a phone call with the Palestinian prime minister. Back in video village, Mandel pumps his fist slowly and silently to himself, signaling that they’ve got it. The sound cleared, the video looked good, and Louis-Dreyfus expressed seven years of personal anguish in about seven seconds of silent screen time. “Veep” has its final piece — it’s over.

…except it wasn’t. That scene isn’t the scene that aired in May, when the “Veep” series finale hit HBO. Those moments were captured a little bit later, during another take — no one has ever seen the scene described above, at least no one outside of set or the “Veep” edit bay.

That kind of withholding feels almost criminal when you’re talking about one of history’s greatest actors, and yet it happens all the time, every season, each episode, for seven seasons of shooting Julia Louis-Dreyfus. It’s an unavoidable consequence of production, and while there are plenty of missed lines and awkward approaches that shouldn’t see the light of day, the precise level of craftsmanship Louis-Dreyfus showed on that last day of shooting speaks to nearly a decade of impeccable work. Those unused takes aren’t useless — they’re part of the process, part of her towering range, and one more reason to give her another Emmy.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards

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What? The Emmys? Yes, it’s that time again, where the TV Academy doles out trophies for artistic accomplishment, and one of the most difficult hurdles the Emmys have to clear, each and every year, is the boredom surrounding repeat winners. Unlike the Oscars, the TV Academy can reward the same show, performer, and creative talent for each new season, which is instrumental to the serialized medium, but can get annoying for viewers at home who want surprises, fresh faces, and new speeches. Why, oh why, do we need to see the same people accept the same trophy for two, three, four years in a row?

With Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 2019 would mark her seventh Emmy win in eight years. She took a year off last season, as “Veep” wasn’t eligible, but still — seven years! That’s almost a two-term presidency for an actor whose character barely lasted half that time in higher office. And with such an impressive slew of opposing nominees in her final year of eligibility — Phoebe Waller-Bridge! Natasha Lyonne! Rachel Brosnahan, the 2018 champ! — is it really crucial Louis-Dreyfus gets recognized one more time?

Actually, yes.

Casey Bloys, HBO’s president of programming, put it simply and perhaps best.

“No. 1, and obviously I’m biased, but I think she deserves it,” Bloys told IndieWire. “I think she’s in a class by herself as a comedic actress, so I’d like to see it happen. I think she’s extraordinary.”

David Mandel, her showrunner of the last three seasons (and an Emmy nominee this year for writing “Veep’s” series finale), had a few good reasons to honor this year’s turn specifically:

“Look, you can’t separate these things,” Mandel said. “My head was instantly thrown back to cancer diagnosis, and I hate to say that. She might be upset that that’s where my head went, but that’s where my head went — I can’t not . It’s not like she should get it because of cancer — that’s the craziest thing in the world. It’s just amazing that she did what she did in a way that a 100 percent healthy person couldn’t have done it.”

“I had the pleasure of working with her for so many years,” he continued, “when you add up three years of ‘Seinfeld,’ a season of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ and now three seasons of this, and yet I’m constantly stunned. No matter how I think she’s going to play a scene, she just plays it in a different way or just finds that other spot.”

All of this is true. Most of it is undeniable, especially Bloys’ superlatives that have been proven by her already historic Emmys run. But the real kicker lies in one of Mandel’s briefer arguments; one still biased and seemingly personal, yet still oh so relevant to the voting body.

“I also have the advantage of watching the tapes, watching her in the edit room, and I see it all — not only what you see in the show, but I get to see the three or four takes that any other actor would’ve killed to deliver, and I’m not using those because there’s a better one,” he said.

I got to see just a bit of that, too, during “Veep’s” last day of shooting. Invited to set while a very emotional cast and crew closed out eight years of working relationships, I saw a lot of tears, hugs, and farewell speeches. Hugh Laurie handed out wrap gifts during the last crew lunch. Bloys brought his kids to set and paid for food trucks to feed everyone an early dinner. Tony Hale kept checking on me, worrying he didn’t give me enough quotes or that the cast’s “emotional insanity” was overwhelming.

Insanity is a strong word, but Louis-Dreyfus certainly felt every goodbye that day. She was rushed off to makeup after she started crying during the first rehearsals, and her teary farewells as they called “series wrap” on each cast member set the tone for a draining final day.

And yet she tore through each scene on the call sheet as though spurred on by the heightened intensity. Her first two scenes were polar opposites of each other: Selina saying goodbye to her chief of staff, Ben Cafferty (Kevin Dunn) plays into the real world’s lurking sadness, but Selina eviscerating Michelle York (Rhea Seehorn) is hysterical, teeth-gnashing carnage. The scene was rehearsed, touched up in the writers’ room, and shot, with Louis-Dreyfus making the final call on which insults landed best. Then she dug in for take after annihilating take of slights like “TGI Friday hostess on Proactive” and “drowning your ‘Little Mermaid’ back tat in a pile of his own jizz” and “gash of least resistance,” pulling the slew of derogatory commentary together with soul-destroying specificity, wrapped up in a convincing argument. Takedowns like this are a trademark of the foul-mouthed comedy, led by its commander-in-filth.

“We got full-on Selina,” Mandel said at the time. “That was the monster unleashed.”

Watching such impressive stamina paired with immaculate precision is stunning in and of itself, but Louis-Dreyfus still topped herself in the day’s waning moments, channeling everything that came before her last scene — the devastating goodbyes and the fire-spewing vitriol — for a final stand. It was time for her last scene.

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After nine takes in the Oval Office, including the one above, Mandel let Louis-Dreyfus sit there for a few moments. He consulted with his fellow producers, and then went back onto set, with one final pow-wow with his creative partner. “We got it. That’s my feeling,” he told her. “So , take it right to the edge.”

Louis-Dreyfus, looking at him as though he was asking her to run a marathon one more time, said, “Oh, that’ll be fun.”

And yet she dialed it all back up again, only with more this time. The slight stutter when she starts but can’t finish the word ‘staggering.’ The way she pulls her chin back, as though trying to swallow the painful memories rushing up from that line. Her slow exhale of breath. The flex in her jaw as she stares off into the distance, about to let all her repressed emotions burst forth, and the relief that floods her eyes instead as the phone beeps and she’s pulled away from the past and back to her job.

Selina Meyer survived on the speed of her profession. Pulled between impossible political choice after impossible political choice, she had to immediately forget the past in order to keep pushing toward the future. She lost her moral compass long before we met her (if she ever had one), but there were always hints at its remnants. Here, in the Oval Office, finally reaching the end of her journey, we get to see Selina reckon with those memories as a repeated complaint and moment of peace brings them rushing back.

That Louis-Dreyfus could dig up those emotions, sift through them with such precision, and bring them to a cohesive resonance in such a short amount of time, at the most pivotal moment of the series, and during her literal last moments in-character, well, it’s an astonishing accomplishment.

Mandel nods. One of the producers sitting next to him pats him on the shoulder, and they agree — that’s the one. “All right, let’s reset,” Mandel says. They’re going again, for coverage, and again Louis-Dreyfus is alone on the set. It’s impossible to know what she’s thinking about, but the weight of the scene, of the character, of the series is clear.

Then, as everyone gets back into position, Hale stands up from behind me, walks past everyone in the crowd, onto the set, behind the desk, and hugs her. It’s a beautiful, private moment that feels like it’s between Gary and Selina as well as Hale and Louis-Dreyfus; two people who created something special onscreen and shared something remarkable off of it.

Louis-Dreyfus isn’t alone. After the next take, the staged Oval Office was flooded with people celebrating the end. There’s an incredible amount of love for her in that moment, on that set, and in the TV Academy. But she deserves to standalone as TV’s elite performer — now, for “Veep,” and forever.

Final-round Emmy voting is open from Thursday, Aug. 15 through Thursday, Aug. 29 at 10 p.m. PT. Winners for the 71st Primetime Emmys Creative Arts Awards will be announced the weekend of Sept. 14 and 15, with the Primetime Emmys ceremony broadcast live on Fox on Sunday, Sept. 22.

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‘Veep’ Stars and 2019 Emmy Frontrunners Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale Refuse to Write Acceptance Speeches

With six straight Emmy wins for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Selina Meyer) has had plenty of chances to bring the funny in her acceptance speeches. The same can be said for her co-star Tony Hale (Gary Walsh), who has received six nominations for his role, with two wins so far. But, both Louis-Dreyfus and Hale say that they aren’t writing their acceptance speeches in advance this year, and they don’t have anything funny planned just in case they do take home their respective Emmys for Veep’s final season.

‘Veep’ stars and Emmy nominees Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale | Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Staying in character

One of the most memorable acceptance speeches from Louis-Dreyfus came in 2013 when she won her second award for Veep. As Louis-Dreyfus walked to the stage to accept her award as herself, Hale stayed in character as her assistant and carried her purse. He also stood beside her while she spoke, and he whispered in her ear to remind her to thank her family.

During the speech, Anna Chlumsky (Amy Brookheimer) stayed in character while sitting in the audience and texting on her phone. The sketch was hilarious, but it wasn’t planned far in advance.

Louis-Dreyfus told E! News that the idea came to her on the morning of the Emmys. And, when she told Hale about it, he said he knew she was going to win so he had to be ready.

Just because Louis-Dreyfus and Hale aren’t writing anything ahead of time, it doesn’t mean that something won’t come to them at the last minute to celebrate their expected wins in their respective categories, Lead Actress in a Comedy and Supporting Actor in a Comedy. Especially since this year will be their last opportunity to do something fun as the stars of Veep.

The last season of ‘Veep’ wasn’t easy

Saying goodbye to a show and characters that you have fallen in love with over seven seasons isn’t easy. Hale says that when they filmed the last episode, everyone had to help each other keep it together.

“We were such a family. The last scene for each character, everyone would gather around the monitor to hug, laugh and cry. It was one big emotional roller-coaster,” explained Hale.

The HBO political satire was a creative way to call out our leaders in Washington D.C. by portraying ambitious, yet incompetent politician. While Louis-Dreyfus portrayed the Vice President, Hale was her assistant with an unhealthy obsession for his boss.

This character dynamic led to Hale filming most of his scenes with Louis-Dreyfus, and he has a lot of fond memories about working with the TV comedy legend. He says they had a “little sanctuary” in the trailer where they would get ready, run lines, catch up, and make jokes before shooting started each day.

Hale also revealed that working on Veep gave him confidence, and he trusts himself more because the atmosphere on the set encouraged everyone to share their ideas. The actor also revealed that he kept the infamous leather bag that he always carried, and it is now sitting in his closet.

Everyone’s predicting a seventh straight Emmy for Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Louis-Dreyfus is poised to become the record holder for most individual acting Emmys in television history if she wins this year, and no one thinks she is going to lose. Emmy voters absolutely love her, and they have been showering her with praise for nearly three decades.

This year marks her 19th acting nomination, and if her name is called on Emmy night it will be her ninth win. Currently, Louis-Dreyfus is tied at eight with Cloris Leachman for most individual Emmy wins. Her first win was back in 1996 for her work as Elaine Benes on Seinfeld, and her second was in 2006 for her work on The New Adventures of Old Christine.

Julia talks #veep https://t.co/JeF0elb1OO via @goldderby

— David Mandel (@DavidHMandel) September 10, 2019

During the first six seasons of playing Selina Meyer on Veep, Louis-Dreyfus has won six acting Emmys. Her seventh and final season playing the character should bring her a seventh award, and everyone in the Microsoft Theater will be shocked if that doesn’t happen.

Still, she’s facing some serious competition from comedy legend Catherine O’Hara for her turn as Moira Rose on Schitt’s Creek. And, reigning champion Rachel Brosnahan from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is also nominated again this year. Rounding out the category is Christina Applegate from Dead To Me, Natasha Lyonne from Russian Doll, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge from Fleabag.

Despite the fierce competition, Louis-Dreyfus is an Emmy darling. She should have a speech prepared before she hits the red carpet.

The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards air Sunday, September 22, on Fox.

Celebrating Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Emmy’s Comedy Queen (Column)

Let’s take a moment to give Julia Louis-Dreyfus some much-deserved praise. As HBO’s “Veep” ends its run — and aims to add a coda to its already amazing haul over the years at the Emmys — the actress is poised to make history one more time this September.

All signs point to another win in the lead comedy actress category for Louis-Dreyfus, which would make her ninth as a performer overall. That would place her ahead of Cloris Leachman, with whom she’s currently tied, at eight each. Louis-Dreyfus already is in the books for winning the most acting in the same role and on the same series — six, for playing Selina Meyer on “.”

That makes it all the more funny to think that once upon a time there was such a thing as a “‘Seinfeld’ curse.” In the years that followed the 1998 series finale of “Seinfeld,” the show’s supporting cast all went on to star in their own series — to disappointing results. First came Michael Richards, whose “The Michael Richards Show” lasted nine episodes in 2000. Jason Alexander’s “Bob Patterson” aired just 10 episodes in 2001. Louis-Dreyfus’ “Watching Ellie” lasted the longest, at 16 episodes in 2002-2003.

But then Louis-Dreyfus came back swinging: Her follow-up, “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” aired between 2006 and 2010 — squeezing out just enough episodes (88) to even make it into off-net syndication. More important, it earned Louis-Dreyfus an Emmy for lead comedy actress in 2006. “I’m not somebody who really believes in curses,” she told the Emmy audience on stage at the time. “But curse this, baby!”

Louis-Dreyfus was nominated four more times in the category for “Old Christine,” and had previously been nominated seven consecutive years in the supporting comedy actress category for “Seinfeld” (winning once, in 1996). Clearly, TV Academy voters were fans. And “Veep” gave them a reason to lavish her with unprecedented attention.

From the very beginning, “Veep” was an awards machine for Louis-Dreyfus. Even before the show began winning the comedy series Emmy (after “Modern Family” finally got out of the way), she was picking up the win for lead comedy actress. Louis-Dreyfus has taken home that top prize every year she’s been eligible as “Veep” lead, winning in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Of course, in 2018 “Veep” and Louis-Dreyfus took a year off after the actress was diagnosed with breast cancer (news she found out the day after she received her lead actress Emmy in 2017). Production on the show went on hiatus as Louis-Dreyfus focused on her health, but a year later she announced to the world that she was cancer-free.

“Veep” returned to a world forever changed by the Trump presidency and, to some degree, found it hard to keep up with the real-life absurdity of what’s going on in the White House. But “Veep” was always more than just a political satire, it was a study of human nature — and how vicious it can be. Selina Meyer wasn’t supposed to be likable or competent (although we now can only dream of a leader as polished as her), and Louis-Dreyfus excelled in portraying a believably egomaniacal and slightly sociopathic, yet vulnerable, figure.

“Louis-Dreyfus now wears Selina’s calculating desperation like a second skin, making moments like her ripping apart the new, warm and fuzzier vanguard of her party both familiar and startling in the best ways,” Variety’s Caroline Framke wrote in her review of of the seventh season earlier this spring.

Louis-Dreyfus is up against some stellar competition, including last year’s winner, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star Rachel Brosnahan. Two other competitors are also previous Emmy winners: “Dead to Me’s” Christina Applegate, who landed the guest comedy actress Emmy for “Friends” in 2003, and the legendary Catherine O’Hara (“Schitt’s Creek”), who was part of the “SCTV Network” team that won for variety series writing in 1982. The category’s other two nominees also are also formidable: Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”) and Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll”), both of whom are also up for comedy writing on their respective shows.

But who are we kidding? Those nominees may be amazing, but there’s only one . This is the year she will become the bona fide record-holder for the most Emmys won by any performer in history — and it’s a feat that will likely remain for many years to come.

This week, Julia Louis-Dreyfus celebrated her 56th birthday. You may think you know her well, after seeing her on your living room TV screen for decades, but did you know that the award-winning actress got her first taste of comedy at age 3? It was midway through a dance class, when a wee Louis-Dreyfus forgot the steps to her routine and was delighted to find that it made people laugh: “Of course, my mother was mortified, but I thought it was real good! And I stuck with that choreography for the rest of the class,” she once told a reporter. Here, in honor of her birthday, five other things you may not have known about Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

1. Seinfeld writers thought Elaine’s dance moves might kill Louis-Dreyfus’s career.
Show writer Spike Feresten later told The Huffington Post that Seinfeld creator Larry David was not a fan of the eighth season episode “The Little Kicks,” in which Elaine dances; he only got approval on the story line after David left. Feresten began having doubts in rehearsal: “ Jennifer Crittenden pulled me aside after Julia did the dance for the first time. ‘Are you sure about this? Are you sure you’re not ruining Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s career?’ ‘No, I’m not.’ ” But it all worked out; that year Louis-Dreyfus won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

2. No, Louis-Dreyfus is not a billionaire heiress.
When a magazine asked about her father’s business, the Louis Dreyfus company, a commodities and shipping conglomerate, she set the record straight: Her father’s business is valued in billions. “It’s unbelievable, because whatever I do, people just assume it’s true,” she said. “Welcome to the fuckin’ Internet.” (For what it’s worth, after her lengthy career, Louis-Dreyfus is estimated to be worth around $200 million in her own right.)

3. As Selina Meyer on HBO’s Veep, Louis-Dreyfus uses her high-fashion wardrobe to inform her character.
“Wearing this wig and these tight clothes and these shoes that are nuts, it’s all very physically constraining,” she said. “It’s just very sucked into the whole look, and it feels right. It’s a nice place to start getting really mad . . . It starts to inform the rage.” Selina’s anger does not reflect Louis-Dreyfus’s own personal issues: “I don’t have a shit ton of baggage,” she’s said. “There’s not some grotesque, dark thing.”

4. Louis-Dreyfus has “fondly-ish” memories of her time on Saturday Night Live.
After dropping out of Northwestern University to pursue acting, Louis-Dreyfus booked the job at 21 years old, reportedly the youngest female cast member at the time. “It was a huge Cinderella-getting-to-go-to-the-ball kind of experience, really,” she has said. “But it was brutal. You had to fight to get your skits on the show, and there was a lot of drug use. People wrote and performed high, which freaked me out. I learned that if something isn’t fun to do, it’s just not worth it.”

5. Louis-Dreyfus reportedly won’t watch the Seinfeld pilot out of superstition.
When the show first aired, the main female character was a waitress named Claire who offered Jerry and George advice. Concerned the setup was too male-centric, NBC executives picked up the show on the condition that a stronger female character would be added to the concurrent episodes. David called on Louis-Dreyfus, whom he got to know as a writer on SNL. “ bright, charming—striking, actually—and she had a great disposition, which, considering the bunker mentality that was SNL at the time, wasn’t easy,” David has said. Louis-Dreyfus beat out Rosie O’Donnell and Megan Mullally for the part of Elaine.

  • Veep star and 11-time Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her husband, Brad Hall, met at Northwestern University. They were then hired together as cast members of Saturday Night Live.
  • Julia and Brad got married in 1987. They have two children together, Henry, 27, and Charlie, 22.
  • Brad was right by Julia’s side when she battled breast cancer in 2017 and beat the disease.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus is nominated for “Lead Actress in a Comedy Series” at the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards, which airs Sunday, September 22 on Fox at 8 p.m. ET.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is poised to win big at the 2019 Primetime Emmys. She’s nominated once again for the coveted “Lead Actress in a Comedy Series” Emmy Award for her work on the hit HBO series Veep. The comedy filmed its last of seven seasons and is nominated for a whopping nine awards this time around.

The 58-year-old actress made history in 2017 when she became the first actress to win “Lead Actress in a Comedy Series” for six consecutive years for the same role. Should the actress, who in addition to starring in Veep serves as the show’s executive producer, win the Emmy again this year, her husband of 32 years, Brad Hall, will undoubtedly be by her side.

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As the love story goes, Julia met Brad while attending college at Northwestern University. The budding actress joined a theatre group co-founded by Brad called the “Practical Theatre Company.” Saturday Night Live writer Tim Kazurinsky soon discovered the talented comedians and hired both Julia and Brad for the NBC show in 1982.

Unfortunately, Julia didn’t think she fit in well at SNL, even though the experience allowed her to work with Brad. In fact, she revealed to Entertainment Weekly that she was “pretty miserable.”

Of her time working on SNL, Julia told The New Yorker, “It was a very dog-eat-dog environment. I didn’t go in armed with a bag of characters from which to pluck. I came into it naïvely, with this notion that it would be ensemble work, and that writers would be trying to write for everyone. But it was very political and very male-centric. Very.”

With that being said, the actress does look back on her early days with Brad fondly.

“He looked like Björn Borg or something,” she said. “I remember thinking early on that this was the guy for me, but I didn’t dare tell anyone, for fear they would say, ‘That’s ridiculous. You’re so young — you don’t know what you’re talking about.’ So I kept that little secret close to my heart.”

Executive changes to SNL resulted in Brad leaving the show in 1984, with Julia exiting the following year. By then, the two had joined forces romantically and moved out to Los Angeles, eventually marrying in 1987. The duo went on to have two sons — Henry, 27, a singer-songwriter, and Charlie, 22, who recently graduated from Northwestern.

Julia went on to star as Elaine Benes for nine seasons on the cult favorite Seinfeld, while Brad pursued different acting opportunities on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Brad was also the director of Picture Paris (which Julia starred in) and staff writer for several different television series, including Frasier. Today, Brad and Julia continue to collaborate and work together professionally. Most notably, Brad got to direct his wife in three episodes of Veep.

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With the hit show finishing up, Brad expressed his excitement about being able to spend more quality time with his leading lady.

“Well I get my wife back! But it was such a once-in-a-lifetime thing for Jules, so I’m totally thrilled. But yeah, it’s bittersweet,” he told US Weekly. “It’s been about six years and I remember her from then, and she was great! So I’m assuming she hasn’t changed very much.”

The last several years have been trying for the couple, who not only weathered a grueling filming schedule for Veep, but a life-threatening disease when Julia was diagnosed in 2017 with breast cancer. Julia was forced to take a leave of absence from Veep to undergo chemotherapy. In October of 2018 though, Julia revealed that she had beaten cancer.

Should Julia win at the Emmys this year, we’re sure she’ll give Brad a heartfelt shoutout, just like she has in past award shows.

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In what many consider to be a huge upset, Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus did not take home the 2019 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. As a result,Veep fans are currently taking out their rage on Twitter.

For background, Julia was up for her seventh Emmy for her role as Selina Meyer in the HBO hit show. If she had won, she would’ve beat her own record set back in 2017 for most wins in the same role (she’s in a tie with Cloris Leachman for the most Emmys by a performer). Julia has been nominated 26 times and won 11 so far.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus walks the purple carpet at the 2019 Emmys. John Shearer

Given that this was the last year for Veep to be nominated, many had expected Julia to walk away victorious. And so, when Phoebe Waller-Bridge won for her performance in Fleabag instead, many immediately hopped on Twitter to vent and express their shock.

#Emmys2019 Julia was ROBBED!!!

— Andrew (@Lightecojak) September 23, 2019

Omigod I LOVE Fleabag and even I can’t believe Phoebe Waller-Bridge beat out Julia Louis-Dreyfus. #Emmys2019

— Kim Hambleton (@KimHambleton) September 23, 2019

can’t fault a Phoebe Waller-Bridge win, but pretty shocked Julia Louis-Dreyfus didn’t make it to the stage to break that record. #emmys2019

— Chris Mejaski (@cmejaski) September 23, 2019

In a pre-interview with E! News, Julia made it clear that no matter if she won or lost, she would walk away from the night with a smile on her face.

“I’m so happy to have won so many times in the past that I’m delighted with that,” she said before the show began. “If it happens, great. If it doesn’t, my mind will be blown. Somebody else deserving will get one. I’m cool with either scenario.”

On the other hand, Phoebe seemed over the moon when she heard her name announced as the winner.

“No! Oh my god, no! Thank you!” Phoebe began when she stepped on stage to accept her Emmy trophy. “To be nominated with these unbelievable actresses who I have just looked up to and watched and laughed at for so many years means so much — I mean that in a nice way. This means a huge, huge amount to me.”

Phoebe also won her first Emmy for best writing in a comedy series Sunday night.

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Emmys Darling Julia Louis-Dreyfus Continues Record-Breaking Run

In the least surprising development of Emmy nomination morning, Julia Louis-Dreyfus was nominated for lead actress in a comedy series for her performance as Selina Meyer in the final season of HBO’s “Veep.” Sure, that seems like a given, but the nomination means that Louis-Dreyfus has now been nominated in the category for every single season of “Veep,” and is now teed up to become the first actor ever to win the acting Emmy for every season of a long-running series.

But even this doesn’t quite capture how much the TV Academy (rightly) adores Louis-Dreyfus.

It’s not so much that Louis-Dreyfus has won 11 total Emmys, or the fact that she’s won six of those Emmys for consecutive seasons of “Veep.” It’s more than Louis-Dreyfus has been nominated for every single season she’s been a regular on a television show since the third season of “Seinfeld” in 1992.

That means that Louis-Dreyfus was nominated for the supporting actress Emmy for the last seven seasons of NBC’s “Seinfeld” (winning once) and for lead actress all five seasons of CBS’s “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (winning once) even before beginning on her “Veep” streak of sheer dominance.

David Mandel, her showrunner and fellow producer on “Veep,” had this to say about Louis-Dreyfus following her historic nomination.

“I had the pleasure of working with her for so many years, when you add up three years of ‘Seinfeld,’ a season of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ and now three seasons of this, and yet I’m constantly stunned,” Mandel said. “No matter how I think she’s going to play a scene, she just plays it in a different way or just finds that other spot.”

But his first reaction was far more recent.

“Look, you can’t separate these things My head was instantly thrown back to the cancer diagnosis, and I hate to say that. She might be upset that that’s where my head went, but that’s where my head went, you know what I mean? I can’t not .” Mandel said. “It’s not like she should get it because of cancer — that’s the craziest thing in the world. It’s just amazing that she did what she did in a way that a 100 percent healthy person couldn’t have done it.”

Heading into this year’s Emmy ceremony is bound to be beyond meaningful for Louis-Dreyfus, even after winning for the last six years. After all, the seventh season of “Veep” was delayed so the actress could undergo treatment for breast cancer. She has since announced that she is now cancer-free, but the battle, coupled with the end of the long-running comedy, is sure to make September’s Emmy ceremony a tearjerker one way or another.

And also, for the veteran competitors and hardcore statistics geeks, with Louis-Dreyfus currently tied with Cloris Leachman for most Emmy wins by a performer with eight. A win at the Emmys means that Louis-Dreyfus would be the single most awarded performer in Emmy history and the burden could then move 93-year-old Leachman to up her game.

Ball’s in your court, Cloris.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus sure knows how to accept an Emmy. Here’s the proof

Some people don’t know how to say “Thank you.” But Julia Louis-Dreyfus does.

The actress has won so many Emmys — eight for acting, to tie with Cloris Leachman for most ever by a performer, a tie she may break at Sunday night’s ceremony — she could be excused if she sleep-talked her way through her acceptance speeches. Instead, Louis-Dreyfus has made the televised thank-you an art in itself. Here are all her Emmy victory speeches (so far).

1996

Featurette on Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ first Emmy win, for “Seinfeld” in 1996.

After four previous nominations, Louis-Dreyfus finally won in the supporting category for “Seinfeld.” A bit flustered, she said, “A lot of people say that our show is about nothing. But of course it’s been about plenty of something for me.”

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2006

Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins her second Emmy, breaking the so-called “Seinfeld curse,” in 2006. (Brian VanderBrug / Los Angeles Times)

Since the 1998 end of “Seinfeld,” media wags had enjoyed writing about a “Seinfeld curse,” wondering if the show’s stars would ever again achieve major success. Then, on the occasion of her eighth nomination — 10 years after her maiden victory — Louis-Dreyfus won her second Emmy, this time in lead actress, for “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” “I’m not somebody who really believes in curses,” she said, hoisting the trophy: “But curse this!”

2012

Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins her third Emmy (2012).

Six years later, Louis-Dreyfus won her third Emmy, her first for “Veep.” On her way up to the podium, she hugged Amy Poehler (nominated for NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”), then read from a crumpled piece of paper, in a heartfelt fluster, “I’m a bit overwhelmed, oh my God. First of all, I’d like to thank NBC, ‘Parks and Rec,’ my beautiful boys, Archie and Abel … um …”

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The feed cut to a “confused” Poehler in the audience, holding another crumpled piece of paper. Poehler ran to the stage and they exchanged speeches. Louis-Dreyfus went on to deliver her actual speech (without reading). She closed by saying, “There’s a last thing written here: ‘Lastly, isn’t it a shame that Amy Poehler didn’t win?’ What?”

The feed cut back to Poehler, with a pencil, nodding.

2013

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, with the help of Tony Hale, accepts her fourth Emmy.

The next year, Louis-Dreyfus executed another gag — this time with Tony Hale, who rushed onstage to hold her purse and stand behind her during her speech, an echo of the toady character he played on their show, “Veep.” She then delivered an obviously scripted, Selina Meyer-inspired speech, with moments of faux breathlessness, to which Hale nodded and smiled in support.

She thanked HBO, creator Armando Iannucci, and the show’s producers — then seemed to forget who else to mention, until Hale leaned in to whisper in her ear and she named her husband and children. Hale then audibly nudged her, “You love them so much,” to which Louis-Dreyfus added, “And I love them so much.”

2014

Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts an Emmy and a kiss (from Bryan Cranston) in 2014.

Louis-Dreyfus’ most elaborate acceptance-speech gag was set up by her appearance earlier in the show to present the award for lead comedy actor with Bryan Cranston. Before announcing the nominees, she praised his work on “Breaking Bad,” saying that while watching it, she thought he looked just like another actor who played a dentist on “Seinfeld” — her love interest in the episode.

“That was me,” he said.

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She then laughed at his “joke” and started reading the nominees. Before she announced the winner, an indignant Cranston insisted, “We had a kissing scene,” to which she gave a hilariously dismissive shrug.

Later in the show, as she was announced the winner in her category and began her walk to the stage, she was intercepted by Cranston, who planted a passionate kiss on her, requiring host Jimmy Fallon to remove him. A slightly dazed Louis-Dreyfus said at the podium, “Yeah … he was on ‘Seinfeld.’ ”

The feed then cut to Cranston in the audience, giving his lips an “I told you so” wipe with his fingers.

2015

Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts her sixth acting Emmy (2015).

Louis-Dreyfus began the following year’s speech by proclaiming, “I think it would be appropriate at this moment to quote our political satire, ‘Veep’: ‘What a great honor it must be for you to honor me tonight.’” Her face fell as she read on: “Oh wait, oh God. Oh no no, I’m so sorry. Donald Trump said that, I’m sorry.”

After thanking the usual suspects, she praised the women in her category: “I love powerful, funny women,” she said, as the feed cut to Poehler in hoodie and sunglasses, apparently sleeping. “Amy, wake up!”

2016

Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins her seventh acting Emmy and fifth in a row in 2016. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

Fewer than two months before the election of President Donald Trump, Louis-Dreyfus read a speech full of apologies (starting with one to the show’s crew, for working “unforgivable” hours).

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“While I’m apologizing, I’d also like to take this opportunity to personally apologize for the current political climate,” she joked. “I think that ‘Veep’ has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started out as a political satire, but it now feels more like a sobering documentary. So I certainly do promise to rebuild that wall, and make Mexico pay for it.”

After the crowd laughed, she dedicated the award to her father, who had died just days before. Choking up, her hands shaking, she said, “I’m so glad that he liked ‘Veep,’ because his opinion was the one that really mattered.”

2017

Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins her eighth acting Emmy and sixth in a row in 2017. (Mark Ralston / AFP/Getty Images)

Louis-Dreyfus’ sixth consecutive win for “Veep” set the record for most by a performer in the same role, in the same series. She started with the usual list of thanks, including one to her “boyfriend,” Brad Hall. She then teased the series’ upcoming final season — later delayed so she could receive treatment for breast cancer, which she learned of the day after the ceremony. “We did have a whole story line about an impeachment, but we abandoned that because we were worried that someone else might get to it first,” she said, to cheers. “This is, and it continues to be, the role of a lifetime and an adventure of utter joy.”

Emmys 2019: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises

Although the HBO series”Game of Thrones” and “Veep” both came to an end this year and therefore were seeing their final chances to be celebrated at the Emmys, the voting members of the Television Academy did not just tick off all the boxes for those two behemoths and call it a night. In fact, far from it.

At Sunday’s ceremony, “Game of Thrones” won the drama series trophy and supporting drama actor for Peter Dinklage, while “Veep” was shut out.

There were some other repeat names called this year, including lead comedy actor winner Bill Hader (“Barry”) and supporting comedy actress winner Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), but the 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were chock-full of new names accepting onstage in the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live — including first-ever Emmy winners Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”), Craig Mazin (“Chernobyl”), triple winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”) and Jharrel Jerome (“When They See Us”).

See the full list of winners here.

Here are the biggest snubs and surprises of the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards …

SNUB: Julia Louis-Dreyfus and “Veep”
The titular star of HBO’s “Veep,” who beat cancer last year, was a frontrunner going into nominations at this year’s , but at the end of the day she didn’t get enough votes to win her seventh statue for the role. If she had won, she also would have become the most decorated performer by the Television Academy. The final season of the political comedy itself also lost all of its major races, from comedy series to supporting comedy actor and actress.

SURPRISE: Jodie Comer
The “Killing Eve” star bested some tough competition in the lead drama actress category, including her own costar Sandra Oh, who was nominated last year and seen as a frontrunner this year. But Comer’s seductive assassin, Villanelle, proved too good to pass up for Academy members, giving the actress her first-ever Emmy.

SNUB: Ava DuVernay
The Oscar nominee and previous Emmy winner (“13th”) wrote and directed all four episodes of “When They See Us,” the dramatized telling of the 1989 Central Park jogger case that saw five teenage boys wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for a vicious assault. It was an emotional tale that had everyone talking when it dropped on Netflix, but ultimately she lost the limited series/TV movie writing and directing awards to players from HBO’s limited series “Chernobyl.”

SURPRISE: and “Fleabag”
Many pundits were anticipating the “Fleabag” auteur would take the comedy writing trophy (and she did), but she also won for lead comedy actress — over longtime favorite (who was nominated for the last time for her titular role on HBO’s “Veep”), as well as last year’s incumbent winner Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), to name a few — and nabbed the coveted comedy series trophy.

SNUB: “Schitt’s Creek”
The little Canadian comedy that could pushed onto the Emmy ballot with four noms this year, including comedy series and lead comedy actor and actress, proving voters didn’t mind being a little late to celebrate a long-running series. But not even the star power of Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy was enough to topple the snarky “Fleabag.”

SURPRISE:
The actor who played the real-life Korey Wise in both parts of “When They See Us” (in his teenage years when he was first falsely arrested in the 1989 Central Park jogger case and then more than a decade later, as he literally grew up in prison) was the youngest in his category and the freshest face when it came to his résumé, but the power of his performance here prevailed over the bigger names.

SURPRISE: Julia Garner
The actress won her first-ever Emmy for the second season of “Ozark” after being on the ballot alongside four powerful players from “Game of Thrones” and Fiona Shaw of “Killing Eve.”

SURPRISE: Jason Bateman
The “Ozark” actor-producer-director took the drama directing trophy in a tightly packed category that included multiple entries from the final season of “Game of Thrones.”

SURPRISE: Jesse Armstrong
The second season of “Succession” has been lighting up social media, and the added buzz undoubtedly helped scribe Jesse Armstrong go all the way for the win for drama writing over the series finale of “Game of Thrones,” as well as a hanging second season episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the fourth-season finale of “Better Call Saul,” among others.