Hollywood was good to politics last night.
A number of television shows based in Washington D.C. won Emmy awards Sunday, including “Veep,” “Homeland” and “House of Cards,” Caitlin McDevitt reports in Politico.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her second consecutive award playing fictional Vice President Selina Meyer on HBO’s “Veep.” Co-star Tony Hale also received an Emmy for supporting actor.
Hale, much like his character does in the show, followed Louis-Dreyfus up on stage and held her purse as she accepted her award.
Before the Emmy telecast, the real vice president — Joe Biden — said he was hoping someone else would win.
“We must confess – OVP is rooting for Amy Poehler (Leslie Knope) of @parksandrecnbc tonight on the #emmys,” Biden’s office tweeted before the show.
In a night filled with surprises and snubs, “House of Cards” fans also came away disappointed. Although it was up for nine Emmys, the Netflix political drama seized only one major award — best directing in a drama series for David Fincher.
Jeff Daniels probably was the biggest surprise winner as Lead Actor In A Drama Series for his role in “Newsroom,” beating out odds-on favorites like Bryan Cranston for “Breaking Bad,” Kevin Spacey for “House of Cards” and six-time Emmy nominee Jon Hamm for “Mad Men.”
In another surprise, Kerry Washington, who plays a political fixer on the ABC drama “Scandal,” lost for best actress. Instead, Claire Danes again won for her lead on “Homeland,” which also takes place in D.C.
A list of the political shows honored with Emmys:
- Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series: Tony Hale,“Veep”
- Lead Actress In A Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
- Directing For A Drama Series: David Fincher, “House Of Cards”
- Lead Actor In A Drama Series: Jeff Daniels, “Newsroom”
- Lead Actress In A Drama Series: Claire Danes, “Homeland”
- Writing For A Drama Series: Henry Bromell, “Homeland”
- Guest Actor In A Drama Series: Dan Bucatinsky, “Scandal”
- Supporting Actress In Miniseries Or Movie: Ellen Burstyn, “Political Animals”