Friday, May 24, 2024

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Makes Emmy Awards History


Yes it is some kind of historic moment. Julia Louis Dreyfus made Emmy Awards record books last night when she won Best Actress for “Veep.” She’s now won Best Actress three times for three different series. The others are “Seinfeld” and “The New Adventures of the Old Christine.”

Julia had formidable competition last night, especially from fellow “Saturday Night Live” alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. It was cute that she and Poehler had worked out a comedy “bit” about Poehler really winning, and Julia having her speec in hand.

“Veep” is brilliant satire, and I do hope it can go at least five seasons. Its creator, Armando Iannucci, is a genius from where else, Great Britain. If you’ve never seen his film, “In the Loop,” do rent it immediately. It is wicked.

Julia is lovely in person, but incredibly press shy. When you try to talk to her, she’s incredibly polite and nice but never stands still. She’s moving away. Maybe someone told her early on not to talk to press. I don’t know why–she’s had a great long marriage, a happy family and lots of success. But she’s like the female Woody Allen.

It doesn’t matter. Watching her on “Veep” is a treat beyond interviews.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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