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The Emmys always feature a wide variety of acceptance speeches from a wide variety of artists. We can always count on the folks winning awards for their comedic performances to drop some great one-liners when they take the stage. The venerable Julia Louis-Dreyfus just won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy for her work on Veep, but her acceptance speech wasn't all laughs. She took the time to acknowledge the recent passing of her father. Take a look!
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been winning Emmys off and on ever since her first trophy in 1996 for Best Supporting Actress for her work on Seinfeld. To date, she has seven Emmys to her name, as well as a slew of other awards over the course of her career, so she's mastered the art of the funny and poised acceptance speech. In fact, her 2016 acceptance speech started out pretty hilariously as she touched on the current political climate, as well as Veep's new-ish showrunner Dave Mandel.
So it was a departure from the norm to see her nerves and emotions get the better of her as she spoke on stage. Her speech was a touching tribute to a man whose love and influence clearly helped shaped her into the expert comedienne that she is today. On the whole, Julia Louis-Dreyfus deserves credit for making it to the Emmys. Her father died only two days prior to the ceremony; surely nobody would have blamed her if she had chosen to sit out this year's awards ceremony. If there was ever any good excuse for skipping the Emmys, a death in the family would be it. Kudos to the actress for making it to the Emmys in the first place, and doubly so for getting to deliver her tribute to her father in front of her peers as well as all of the folks watching from home.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus actually broke an Emmys record with her win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy. It was her fifth consecutive win in the Lead Actress category for her work on Veep. She had another Outstanding Lead Actress trophy to her name thanks to her starring gig on The New Adventures of Old Christine. The sixth win made her the first performer to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress more than five times. She had previously been tied with Candice Bergen and Mary Tyler Moore with five wins each. Julia Louis-Dreyfus was able to honor her father with a wonderful accomplishment, and even Selina Meyer would approve that message.
Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest on the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards. The ceremony got off to a hilarious start with a great introduction spoof, and the spectacle will likely only get more spectacular. Check out our fall TV premiere schedule to see when your favorite shows will hit the airwaves in the near future.