Washington-Set Shows Take Home Emmys

“Veep,” “House of Cards,” and more snagged golden statues.

By: Tanya Pai, Melissa Romero

The annual weirdness that is the Primetime Emmys happened Sunday night, and amid awkward Neil Patrick Harris jokes, shoehorned-in song-and-dance numbers, and yet another win for Modern Family, a few Washington-set series took home awards.

Scandal’s Kerry Washington was the first African-American woman nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama since 1995—and had she won, she would be the first in history to do so. Before the award was presented, Diahann Carroll, who in 1963 became the first African-American Emmy nominee, took the stage with Washington to reflect on importance of diversity at the Emmys and stated, “Tonight, she better get this award.” But the honor went once again to Claire Danes for her unhinged portrayal of Carrie Mathison in Homeland. The Showtime show also won for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. Still, Scandal didn’t go home totally empty-handed: Dan Bucatinsky took home the award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his work as James “Ira Glass Lite” Novack.

We’d give the award for Best at Staying in Character to Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale—when JLD accepted for the second year in a row for Lead Actress in a Comedy, Hale (who had just won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy) stood behind her clutching her purse and muttering reminders to her, much like his lovably dorky TV character. Post-win, Hale expressed his shock over winning in a category filled with three actors from the ABC comedy Modern Family. “It’s so surreal,” he said backstage.

Also backstage, Louis-Dreyfus thanked Baltimore and DC. “We love ya,” the Holton-Arms School grad said.

Netflix’s House of Cards snagged three statues—for directing, casting, and cinematography for a single-camera series—the first Emmys for the online video service—and the erstwhile Political Animals got one, thanks to Ellen Burstyn’s work as Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. And this year’s Kennedy Center Honors took home awards for Outstanding Variety Special and Directing for a Variety Special.

See the full list of local winners below and the list of nominees and winners via the Emmys website.

Tony Hale (Veep), Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Actress in a Comedy

Henry Bromell (Homeland), Writing in a Drama Series

Claire Danes (Homeland), Lead Actress in a Drama Series

David Fincher (House of Cards), Directing for a Drama Series

Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals), Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal), Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Kennedy Center Honors, Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special

Kennedy Center Honors, Outstanding Variety Special

House of Cards, Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series

House of Cards, Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series