Washington-Set Shows Take Home Emmys

“Veep,” “House of Cards,” and more snagged golden statues.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus took home a second Emmy for her performance as Selina Meyer in Veep. Photograph by Lacey Terrell for HBO.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus took home a second Emmy for her performance as Selina Meyer in Veep. Photograph by Lacey Terrell for HBO.

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

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