In a move that surprised absolutely no one (least of all Uproxx), Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fifth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series on Sunday. The four previous statuettes were awarded to the Seinfeld alum for her stellar work on the HBO show’s four prior seasons, and despite original showrunner Armando Iannucci’s departure for season five, it remained just as fantastic. (If not more so.)
Nor was the audience at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles shocked to learn that JGL’s acceptance speech was rife with plenty of jokes about the 2016 presidential election, which she “personally [apologized]” for.
“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.”
What did surprise everyone in attendance and watching at home, however, was whom Louis-Dreyfus dedicated the Emmy win to, and why.
“Lastly, I’d like to dedicate this to my father, Willie Louis-Dreyfus, who passed away on Friday. I’m so glad that he liked Veep, because his opinion was the one that really mattered. Thank you.”
The 55-year-old actress trembled throughout her acceptance speech, but her demeanor during its final seconds produced an audible gasp from the Microsoft Theater crowd. Considering Sunday’s trophy marks eight overall Emmy wins and 22 nominations, we’re sure Mr. Louis-Dreyfus was already immensely proud of his fantastically funny daughter.