Julia Louis-Dreyfus tears up in emotional Emmys acceptance speech

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

“Veep has torn down the wall between comedy and politics”.

The 68-year-old actor, most well known for his roles in Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, received messages of concern from many of his Twitter followers on Sunday night (18Sep16) after Julia revealed the recent death of her father in her Emmy Awards acceptance speech.

Louis-Dreyfus apologised for what she called “the current political climate”, seven weeks before the presidential election. I think that “Veep” has torn down the wall between comedy and politics.

She topped it off with an emotional dedication to her father, who she said died this past Friday.

Leading the charge is FX’s “The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”, which won 22 nominations on the wave of a true crime trend in television coupled with a contemporary backdrop of racial tension.

“A lot of you may not have known who I was but you checked the box anyway, and that makes me very, very happy”, he said.

This year, Louis-Dreyfus beat out _Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Laurie Metcalf (Getting On), Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish), Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer), and Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie).

Rami Malek won for best actor in a drama series for his role in “Mr. Robot”.

Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn won the Emmy Award for Best supporting Actor for his disturbing role as a vengeful family member in the U.S. series Bloodline.

“I knew it was going to be popular but I didn’t know it was going to be so widely popular. She’s a wonderful actress and an even better daughter and mother”.

DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES: Jill Soloway, “Transparent”, Amazon.

Louis-Dreyfus started by thanking the academy, HBO, and her “Veep” cast members, then apologized to the best crew on TV for the long hours. And after Smith’s win Kimmel said her Emmy would not be mailed to her but would be kept in the Microsoft Theater’s Lost and Found until she shows up to claim it.

“Veep” producer David Mandel also blasted Trump, saying that if he dared use similar rhetoric as that of the divisive candidate on the HBO comedy, he would be fired.

WRITING FOR A VARIETY SPECIAL: Patton Oswalt, “Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping”, Netflix.