Julia Louis-Dreyfus was visibly shaking and crying as she accepted the 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. It's not like the "Veep" star is unfamiliar with the award -- it was her fifth consecutive win in this category, and she now has eight Emmy wins over a career 22 nominations. The emotion came from the recent loss of her father, to whom she dedicated the Emmy.
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. She also quipped, "I'd like to take this opportunity to personally apologize for the current political climate," adding, "I think 'Veep' has torn down the wall between comedy and politics." She said the comedy, where she plays VP/President Selina Meyer, started out as a political satire, but now feels like "sobering documentary." She promised to rebuild that wall and make Mexico pay for it.
After winning the crowd with her jokes, the actress ended her speech on an emotional note, tearing up as she dedicated this award to her father, a billionaire businessman who passed away on Friday at age 84. She said she was so glad her dad liked "Veep" because his opinion was the one that really mattered.
So beautiful. Congrats to her on another well-deserved win.
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