Tatiana Maslany, Ricky Gervais and Emilia Clarke have the best reactions to the 2015 Emmy nominations

Bob Odenkirk, Taraji P Henson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Lisa Kudrow are also among those reacting to this year's shortlist

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:

And she wasn’t the only one delighted by the news. Amy Schumer – who was herself recognised for lead actress in a comedy – also tweeted congratulations to her friend.

Ricky Gervais – who flies the flag for the Brits with his Derek nod – poured a glass of bubbly and called it his “bestest week ever”.

Meanwhile, Mom and Masters of Sex actress Allison Janney took to social media to celebrate her double nomination – can she make it another double win?

Empire’s Taraji P Henson and How to Get Away with Murder’s Viola Davis made history yesterday, marking the first time two black women have been nominated in the lead actress category in the same year. 

Davis tweeted her delight at such a “wonderfully diverse list of talented artists recognised this year,” adding her congratulations to her competition: 

Meanwhile, Taraji took to Instagram to thank her Cookie Monsters…

Although Empire’s creator Lee Daniels wasn’t too pleased to see his show snubbed in the remaining major categories. Here he is using some choice words with star Jussie Smollett…

#canfinallypostthis #timetoberealagain #emmyniceguyoverwith @jussiesmollett ?

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Before taking to Instagram a second time to tell us all he was just “having fun”.


#shutuphaters #emmypower #congratstoall ?????

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Titus Burgess was – unlike his character – left speechless by the news.

And after earning her fourth Emmy nomination, Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik took to Twitter to express her thanks.

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.”

Read more: Emmys 2015: nominations in full