Julia Louis-Dreyfus Makes Emmys History for Veep Win

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Makes Emmys History for Veep Win

The show and its leading lady, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who will probably walk away with her sixth Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy award on Sunday) are darlings of the Television Academy, and political humor is more necessary and appreciated than ever in the tumultuous year that is 2017.

"We did have a whole storyline about an impeachment, but we abandoned that because we were afraid somebody else might get to it first", she joked - one of many barbs during the night aimed at Trump. A third person joked: "Julia Louis Dreyfus is like the Meryl Streep of TV".

First-time Emmy victor Donald Glover also made history, as the first African American director to win for a comedy series. Jean-Marc Vallee won his first Emmy for directing the show.

Before tonight, Louis-Dreyfus, 56, had won nine Emmys in total, including honors earned for her roles in "Seinfeld" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine".

Veep, the satire of a hapless but charming woman who becomes the first female president of the United States, today won the Emmy for best comedy series.

Accepting her award, Louis-Dreyfus thanked the other women nominated in the category, as well as HBO and the writers, cast and crew.

Sterling K. Brown won the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama for NBC's "This is Us". With three other returnees looking to knock Louis-Dreyfus off her perch, a couple of newcomers including a two-time Oscar victor, and a carpetbagger from the supporting category, this was one to watch. "You are courageous and strong and smart", she said.

We can't forget that Aziz Ansari co-wrote "Thanksgiving" with Waithe and was the other half of that Emmy she won, Riz Ahmed received the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor-TV Movie/Limited Series for The Night Of on HBO, and Sterling K. Brown won Outstanding Lead Actor-Drama for his work on NBC's This is Us, giving a handsome speech that, in part, paid homage to the last black actor to receive the award before him: Andre Braugher, who won the Lead Actor award back in 1998 for Homicide: Life on the Street.

Britain's Riz Ahmed won his first Emmy for his role as a man who falls foul of the US judicial system in HBO's crime limited series "The Night Of".

"Saturday Night Live" was named best variety sketch series, and also brought wins for Kate McKinnon and Melissa McCarthy's turn as former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

The Emmy for outstanding television movie went to Netflix's "Black Mirror: San Junipero", which also won a prize for outstanding writing for a limited series or movie for Charlie Brooker.

The only other actor to ever come close to that sort of winning streak in the category has been Helen Hunt.

Emmy Awards host Stephen Colbert has taken a jab at President Donald Trump in his opening monologue.