SAG Awards 2017: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Wins Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
The 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are airing live from Los Angeles on TNT and TBS
Louis-Dreyfus took the stage to accept her win and used her acceptance speech to poked fun at President Donald Trump.
“Whether the Russians did or did not hack the voting of tonight’s SAG awards, I look out at the million or probably even a million and a half people in this room, and I say this award is legitimate and I won,” she joked. “I’m the winner, the winner is me — landslide!”
Louis-Dreyfus, 56, also addressed the controversial immigrant ban, calling it a “blemish” on America.
“I want you all to know, I am the daughter of an immigrant,” she said. “My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France. I’m an American patriot and I love this country, and because I love this country I am horrified by its blemishes.”
“This immigrant ban is a blemish and it is un-American,” she added.
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Season 5 of Veep featured dramatic changes, both behind-the-scenes with a new showrunner and on screen as Dreyfus’ Selina Meyer lost the election, leading to her exit from the White House.
The one constant on the show, besides laughs and expletives, are awards for the HBO comedy’s star. For the character she described to Entertainment Weekly as “a heinous individual, and yet I love her profoundly,” Dreyfus has now won two SAG Awards to go along with her five consecutive Emmy victories.
To nab the award, Louis-Dreyfus beat out Orange Is the New Black‘s Uzo Aduba, Grace and Frankie‘s Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s Ellie Kemper.
The 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are airing live from Los Angeles on TNT and TBS.