Yesterday afternoon the Emmy nominations were announced, and while us Brits were catching 40 winks, those talented enough to earn a spot on the shortlist have been reacting to the news.
Fictional Head of State Julia Louis-Dreyfus took time out of her busy schedule to react to her nod for Veep, releasing a statement, saying: “As President, my staff and I are too busy doing the people’s business to watch television. Nonetheless, we are thrilled to be a part of this celebration of creativity. (Go Jon Hamm!)”
And while Hamm – who’s been nominated eight times for an Emmy but never won – is yet to respond to the news, his nominated Mad Men co-star Elisabeth Moss said: “This is truly the most amazing surprise! I am so lucky to have been a part of Mad Men and to have played such a wonderful character like Peggy. Being recognised like this when there are so many other ridiculously talented women on TV right now is incredibly humbling.”
Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany earned her first nomination yesterday, much to the delight of the show’s fans who have long campaigned for her inclusion on the shortlist. She took to Twitter to thank her #CloneClub and #clonesbians:
Earning his first for Better Call Saul, star Bob Odenkirk said:
“I am truly blown away at this nomination. I am grateful to Vince [Gilligan], Peter [Gould], and the writing staff. I also have to thank my amazing cast mates Jonathan Banks, Michael McKean, Michael Mando, Patrick Fabian and Rhea Seehorn because everyone raises everyone’s game. I promise to wear a tux to the ceremony. And of course thank you to the Academy!!!!”
Meanwhile, Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke revealed she was in the doctor’s office when she found out she was up for best supporting actress in a drama: “All you want to do is just scream and shout, and you have all these people glaring at you thinking, ‘What is that woman on?’ So, yeah, I had to try and contain my excitement for that moment. But it was pretty brilliant nonetheless,” she told Los Angeles Times.
The newspaper also spoke to Friends star Lisa Kudrow, nominated for The Comeback which, er, came back for a second series last November after a nine-year hiatus: ” I realised when I got a text from [co-star] Dan Bucatinsky that said ‘Yay,’ and then more texts that said ‘Yay’ and then I got one from [“Friends” costar and “Episodes” nominee] Matt LeBlanc that said ‘Yay.’ I was in the bathroom when I got that one.”
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