"Veep" actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus made television academy history for winning the most Emmys for one role, with a total of six. Janney, an Emmys favorite, has already won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Mom, but this year she was upgraded to lead actress. Whether it was Julia Louis-Dreyfus setting a record that's going to be hard to beat or Riz Ahmed becoming the first Asian man to ever win an Emmy, the night was full of progressive moments that made TV fans cheer.
'We did have a whole storyline about impeachment but we abandoned that because we were anxious that someone else might get to it first, ' said Louis-Dreyfus, accepting her trophy.
"We did have a whole story line about an impeachment but we abandoned that because we were anxious that someone else might get to it first", she joked, in reference to embattled President Donald Trump. "We did have a whole story about impeachment but we abandoned that because were were anxious someone else might get to it first".
Lena Waithe became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for comedy series writing, for "Master of None", sharing the award with series co-creator Aziz Ansari, who is of Indian heritage.
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The show is in the running for five more gongs at the main ceremony, with Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon nominated for their turns as Trump and campaign rival Hillary Clinton. She is also tied to Cloris Leachman for having the most individual Primetime Emmy Awards of any performer.
Louis-Dreyfus called the part "the role of a lifetime". "It's just all very baffling and a s--ton of good luck", she explained. Louis-Dreyfus won the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Emmy for the first time in 2006 as the titular character on The New Adventures of Old Christine, and earned a supporting actress award in 1996 for her work as Elaine on Seinfeld.
HBO announced earlier this month that season seven of "Veep", set to air in 2018, will be the show's last.