Benedict added to his birthday celebrations this afternoon when the 2012 Emmy nominations were announced. He and his Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman have been nominated for Outstanding Lead and Supporting Actor in a Miniseries, with the BBC’s TV adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales up for gongs in 13 separate categories.
British period drama Downton Abbey has also scooped 14 nods, joining Armando Iannucci’s Veep, Mad Men, Modern Family and new US comedy Girls, amongst many, many others.
Cue a Twitter #Emmy outburst with fans and filmmakers alike gushing their response…
US TV host @jimmyfallon summed up the mood with a whole load of verbs: “Everyone here is honored, thrilled, humbled, excited and already pretty drunk. And it’s 9am.” Jealous.
American Horror Story’s Denis O’Hare also took to Twitter to share his joy: “My agent 10 mins ago. He says “Denis. Do you know why I’m calling?” I say no. He says, “You’ve got nominated for an Emmy.” Whaaaat?”
While he calms down we’ll move onto Britain’s beloved Sherlock, whose composer @DavidGArnold’s succinct “emmynommynation” was followed by a thank you to every single person who tweeted him their congratulations. At the time of writing that’s an impressive 70 tweets!
The Voice US also clocked up a nomination (must be a whole load better than the UK’s offering…). Their response? “LET’S PARTY!”
And finally @michaelcollado who nicely sums up the British domination of this year’s shortlist: “I wonder who will win the drama #Emmys. Will it be the Downton Abbey cast or the Downton Abbey cast? Or perhaps the Downton Abbey cast?”