When the Emmy nominations came out yesterday the immediate focus went on the surprises and the snubs. It seems anyone who has a favorite character on a television show takes it as a personal insult if their actor isn’t nominated. It’s those damn “surprises and snubs” people will be talking about right up until, then even after the Emmy Awards on September 22nd.
But what else is a big deal, actually a huge deal, is how Julia Louis-Dreyfus has officially broken Lucille Ball‘s long-standing record of 13 Emmy nominations. The former Seinfeld star garnered her 14th nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy as Vice President Selina Meyer in HBO’s Veep. The nomination, along with breaking Ball’s record, makes Louis-Dreyfus the most-nominated comedic actress in Emmy history. She’s also the only actress to have received the award for three different shows: Seinfeld (of course), The New Adventures of Old Christine (never saw it, but my mom loved it), and now Veep (totally awesome, so get on that if you haven’t.)
Being compared to, or even surpassing Lucille Ball in any way must be major validation for a comedic actress, as Ms. Ball was truly the first woman to prove that, now hang on to your seats, you guys, women can be fucking hilarious. Shocker!
Louis-Dreyfus’ response to this awesome news? “It’s taken me decades, but I have finally avenged Lucille Ball. I am euphoric;” as she should be.
The Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy category this year once again sees the same brilliantly talented crew of women as we usually see in this group: Lena Dunham (Girls), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Amy Poehler (Parks and Rec), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), and Laura Dern (Enlightened.) Not exactly the type of talent anyone would want to be up against, but, as they say, the company you keep says everything about you.