Martin Schoeller/HBO
August 23, 2014 06:15 PM

The character of Selina Meyer on HBO’s Veep is one of the most densely and skillfully written in all of television right now, and star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, nominated for outstanding actress in a comedy series, is giving a virtuoso performance in the role: petty, egomaniacal, shallow and mean.

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She also has a strange genius for shooting herself in the foot. Selina wearing squeaky shoes and cautiously walking down a looooooong White House corridor to make her first presidential address was a great piece of physical comedy.

Besides, Louis-Dreyfus, 53, has already won twice for Veep – she’s got that Bryan Cranston Emmy mojo going.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards air Monday on NBC at 8 p.m. ET

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