Julia Louis-Dreyfus made Emmy history last night when she won her fourth comedy award for Outstanding Lead Actress on Veep (it was her 14th nomination, which broke Lucille Ball’s record of 13 as lead actress). “I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to make people laugh. It’s a joyful way to make a living,” she said during her acceptance speech. She had her personal aide from the show, Tony Hale (who won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy for his role as Gary Walsh), accompany her on stage, hold her purse, and remind her that she loves her children. She previously won Emmys for the same role on Veep last year, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy for The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy for Seinfeld.
Jim Parsons got emotional during his accpetance speech for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy. This was the third Emmy win for the Big Bang Theory actor, who previously won in 2011 and 2010. He beat out Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Louis C.K. (Louie), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), and Don Cheadle (House of Lies).
The ‘Shortest Emmy Speech Award’ went to Merritt Wever last night when she accepted the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy on the dark laugher, Nurse Jackie. She summed up her feelings with, “Thank you so much…I gotta go. Bye.” She must have been in quite a rush to get away from her fellow nominees Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Jane Lynch (Glee), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), and Anna Chlumsky (Veep).
Louis C.K. left last week’s Creative Arts Emmys with an award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for Louis C.K.: Oh My God. Sadly for Louie fans, the stand-up comic did not accept any more awards last night for his four other nominations in Acting, Writing, Directing, and Outstanding Comedy Series.
Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy for their 30 Rock episode entitled “Last Lunch,” beating out 30 Rock writers Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock for the “Hogcock!” episode, David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik for Episodes, Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon for Louie, and Greg Daniels for the final episode of The Office.
The hugely popular ABC series Modern Family took home two major awards last night. The family comedy took home the coveted Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy for the third year in a row, beating out 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Girls, Louie, and Veep. One of its talented directors, Gail Mancuso, won as well for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series.
Jon Stewart mocked the Academy last year for handing The Daily Show with Jon Stewart its 10th consecutive Emmy for Oustanding Variety Series. This year they listened and instead handed the award to its sister show, The Colbert Report, one of the many upsets of the evening. Colbert accepted the award on behalf of the show’s team of producers. It was refreshing to see him take the stage not as his Comedy Central persona, but rather as himself, giving an honest acceptance speech. He thanked his longtime friend Jon Stewart, “who is the one who said, ‘We should do a show together where you’re a professional idiot.’”
He somberly thanked his mother, who passed away this summer, for always believing in him. In addition to The Daily Show, The Colbert Report beat out Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Saturday Night Live. It also won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series (Opus Moreschi, head writer). For any Jon Stewart fans out there: don’t worry. Your favorite fake news host still got his trophy last night. Stewart is an executive producer on The Colbert Report.
In addition to its three Emmys last week, Saturday Night Live won last night for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series (Don Roy King).