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Emmys 2012: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Wins Best Actress In A Comedy For 'Veep'

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus took home the Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for HBO's "Veep" at the 64th annual awards ceremony.

The "Veep" star beat out "Girls" star Lena Dunham, "Parks and Recreation's" Amy Poehler, "30 Rock" star Tina Fey, "Nurse Jackie's" Edie Falco, "New Girl" star Zooey Deschanel and last year's winner Melissa McCarthy of "Mike & Molly."

This is Louis-Dreyfus' 13th nomination -- which tied her with comedy legend Lucille Ball -- and third win, having previously taken home Emmys for her work on "Seinfeld" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine."

Louis-Dreyfus couldn't accept her award without a having a little fun with her speech, though. "First of all, I'd like to thank NBC, 'Parks and Rec,' my beautiful boys, Archie and Abel ..." she stammered, before the cameras cut to fellow nominee Amy Poehler, who then ran the correct speech up on stage to Louis-Dreyfus.

Louis-Dreyfus then praised her "talented and powerful and funny" fellow nominees before joking about her freshman comedy hit. "At the same time, it's a bit mystifying to me because people say that this show is a comedy, and yet I don't see anything funny about me being Vice President of the United States," she said, before thanking her castmates and "the genius behind the show" Armando Iannucci.

Her speech ended with one last thing written in: "Lastly isn't a shame that Amy Poehler didn't win. What?" Cue cameras cutting to Poehler again, pencil in hand, nodding in agreement.

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