Julia Louis-Dreyfus walking out of an Emmys ceremony with a gold statue is like us walking out of the supermarket with a carton of eggs when we explicitly went in there for a carton of eggs—it’s exactly what was planned and if it didn’t happen, it would be weird. The world turns; L.A. is home to celebs; JLD takes home a yearly Emmy. Sometimes two.
To give you a more quantitative idea of Julia’s Emmy success—she’s been nominated for 19 Emmys over 27 years and walked away with a total of 11 wins (not including the two she could win this year). It also means she stands to break her own record at the 2019 Emmys (Sept 22 at 8pmET on CTV) won by a single performer for one role if she wins a seventh award for playing Veep’s Selina Meyer and could move past Cloris Leachman with whom she’s currently tied for most wins by a single performer (ladies representing!). No pressure, though.
In honour of Julia making history at the Emmys YET AGAIN, we’re looking back at all her Emmys looks over the years. From her decades-spanning love-affair with classic black to her, um, ~bold~ choice to wear lime green head-to-toe sparkles in 1996, we’re celebrating the iconic comedy force that brought us Elaine, Old Christine and a fictional unsuccessful female presidential run to mirror the real one.
Everything Julia Louis-Dreyfus has worn to the Emmys
1992, NominatedJulia first made her mark on the Emmys with her Supporting Comedy Actress nomination for Seinfeld in 1992 and chose a loose, non-descript dress to do so. Funny enough, she lost to Laurie Metcalf for her turn as Jackie Harris on Roseanne—a role Metcalf still playing 27 years later. Go figure!Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images
1993, NominatedLook at these young'uns! This was the only year Seinfeld took home the Outstanding Comedy Series award (they would go on to lose to Frasier for the next five years) and Julia didn't win the Best Supporting Actress trophy but just look at these proud performers (and that killer red lip on our girl!). Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc
1995, NominatedIs it just us or is this the most mid-90s look of all time? This was the year Friends premiered and you can tell by the fact Julia looks like she just came off an audition to play a Rachel-Monica hybrid character. Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images
1996, WinAnd so begins a legacy. This was Julia’s first official Emmy win (for Supporting Actress in a Comedy) and she sure stood out to do it. In a sparkly lime green gown and an almost matching shawl, this is probably Julia’s boldest Emmy look. But, hey, she’s won 11 more Emmys than we have so who are we to judge?Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images
1997, NominatedAfter the lime, anything would have looked tamer, but this midnight blue gown is downright elegant, even without the comparison. (And thankfully the shawl matches this time). Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic
1998, NominatedWow. Um, maybe we spoke too soon. We love a pink satin as much as the next fashion observer, but the bubble gum is a tad overwhelming, non? Julia is radiant as always, but we know her stylists can do better. And don’t worry—they will. Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images
2006, WinBetween 1998 and 2006, Julia experienced her longest Emmys drought, but it gave her a chance to up her fashion game. When she returned triumphantly to win Lead Comedy Actress for The New Adventures of Old Christine, it was in this sleek white Narcisco Rodriguez number with sparkling black trim. And the gold arm candy doesn’t hurt the look either.Kevin Winter/Getty Images
2007, NominatedShe didn’t take an Emmy home this year, but Julia deserves an award for following a 2000s trend without looking totally dated 12 years later. It’s hard to pull off a mermaid dress in this colour purple without looking PAINFULLY 2007, but she did it. She really did it. Kevin Winter/Getty Images
2008, NominatedNow this is a look. In a sleek shimmery salmon Narciso Rodriguez gown, Julia is classic and trendy all at once. She could honestly wear this to the 2019 Emmys and we would be just as excited to see it. That’s a rare fashion feat.Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
2009, NominatedMaybe not so rare after all! We see a new trend forming—timelessness. Anyone can throw on a dramatic gown and make a scene, but Julia’s choices means she can look back at these pics without regret (tell that to our prom photos and every formal event ever). This Vera Wang is not only a perfect compliment to Julia's shape—it’s a classic in a good colour. Jason Merritt/Getty Images
2010, NominatedOh. Em Gee. Stop! Everything about this black Narciso Rodriguez is prefect from the silhouette to the sheer panel. Plus, whose genius idea was it to accessorize with chunky turquoise jewellery? We hope whoever they are, they’re still getting regular work. Jason Merritt/Getty Images
2012, WinWelcome to the start of the Julia Louis-Dreyfus dynasty. This is the first of SIX wins in a row for the comedy force, so get used to seeing that shiny gold trophy. She paired the bling with this gorgeous burnt orange Vera Wang and got out her colour wheel for some contrasting topaz accessories. JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages
2013, WinDressing like an award at an awards show is such a power move. Meryl did it in 2012 and Julia did it in 2013. This shimmery delight of a gown by Monique Lhuillier may have been simple, but it was a winner in more ways than one. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images
2014, WinWe are morally obligated to STAN A RED DRESS. The colour, the sleek halter, the artistry of this Carolina Herrera is to die for… and apparently Bryan Cranston thought so too because this was the year he grabbed Julia for an impromptu (or not-so-impromptu) make-out sesh when she won her award. 2014 was wild. Jason Merritt/Getty Images
2015, WinJulia was back in black in 2015, rocking a classy one-shoulder SAFiYAA gown. Maybe she wanted to keep it simple, since she knew she would be accessorizing with not one, but TWO Emmy statues that year (second statue not pictured). Not only did she win for Best Comedy Actress for Veep, the show also won Best Comedy meaning all the producers, including Julia, got an award. Jason Merritt/Getty Images
2016, WinYeah, there’s that second statue (actually—it’s the ninth for those keeping track). For her second double-win, Julia killed it in this sheer Carolina Herrera halter gown. It’s an incredibly intricate dress if you look closely, but from a distance, it all blends together into an overall chic ensemble. Isn’t that all we want from our fashion?Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
2017, WinJulia’s last Emmys appearance was 2017 where she, AGAIN, walked away with two awards. She was serving straight Hollywood glamour for the occasion in custom velvet Carolina Herrara with a little burst of excitement in the form of those yellow flowers which trail down the back.
In conclusion: Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a winner in every sense of the word and we can’t wait to see her do it again in 2019. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images