Stars React to Emmy Nominations
July 18, 2013
The stars wasted no time weighing in on the nominations for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards -- which were announced early Thursday morning by How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris and Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul -- and we've got the latest reactions!
Claire Danes -- nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Homeland -- "It is truly a great day on the Homeland set with so many of my fellow castmates being nominated. I was going to do some serious screaming into pillows if Mandy hadn't gotten a nod. I'm also very glad that Henry Bromell, who we lost too soon, has been recognized for his extraordinary work on our show."
Edie Falco -- nominated for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Nurse Jackie-- "It's a huge honor - genuinely exciting to be among these women in my category. These are actresses I've watched and loved for years."
Michael Douglas -- nominated for Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for Behind The Candelabra --"what a treat to take a chance and be rewarded with 15 nominations. A great team effort and so well deserved by Steven Soderbergh, Matt Damon, Richard LaGravanese, Jerry Weintraub and all the people that made Behind the Candelabra so effective."
Don Cheadle -- nominated for Lead Actor in a Comedy for House of Lies -- "Given all the hilarious film work I've done, from Traffic to Crash to Flight, it's nice to finally be recognized as the comic genius I am. Thank you, Academy members."
Jesse Tyler Ferguson -- nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Modern Family -- "I'm thrilled and honestly surprised by this nomination today! I just got off the phone with Eric Stonestreet who was the first to congratulate me. Congrats to Ed, Ty, Sofia, Julie, Chris Lloyd, Steve Levitan, Nathan Lane and our amazing director Gail Mancuso on their nominations as well. We are all so grateful and lucky to have this job and days like this make for an embarrassment of riches. I'm also thrilled to see two of my favorite actors, Tony Hale and Adam Driver receive first time nominations."
Kerry Washington -- nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Scandal -- nominated for "And a HUGE thank you to the @PrimetimeEmmys voters! What an absolute honor! Wow."
Ty Burrell -- nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Modern Family -- "I am honored and humbly surprised that this good fortune continues. I've never had something so wonderful happen 4 years in a row before, other than winning the NY state lottery from 1993 to 97. I share this with the entire cast and crew of Modern Family. I'm sure it’s not surprising to anyone who's ever worked on a television show, but our writers are the reason we're still in this position. I'm eternally grateful for their talent and surprising good looks."
Vera Farmiga -- nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Bates Motel -- "It is such an honor to be recognized by the Academy and in the company of such brilliant women. I'm grateful to Carlton, Kerry and Anthony for gifting me with the opportunity to play such a complex woman and for breathing new life into the iconic Norma Bates."
Maggie Smith -- nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Downton Abbey -- "I am so delighted that the Emmy voters are as fond of Violet as I am. Thank you so much for nominating us both."
Aaron Paul - nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Breaking Bad -- "The love this morning has been unreal. Thank you so much for the undying support for me and for Breaking Bad. Love u all."
Hugh Bonnevillle -- nominated for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Downton Abbey -- "I am honored, overwhelmed and dead chuffed."
Nigel Lythgoe - Co-creator and Executive Producer, on So You Think You Can Dance receiving multiple Emmy nominations -- "I am honored to see So You Think You Can Dance recognized with 7 new EMMY nominations. So You Think You Can Dance has allowed me to share my love of dance, provide opportunities to thousands of aspiring dancers, and inspire millions more to make dance a part of their lives."
Cat Deeley -- nominated for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for So You Think You Can Dance -- "I am so honored and excited to be recognized amongst such an incredibly talented group of hosts. It's such a thrill to have the collective efforts of everyone who works so hard on SYTYCD also be recognized by the Television Academy. Great morning!"
Carrie Preston - nominated for Guest Actress in a Drama for her recurring role on The Good Wife -- "I was walking my dog in Midtown Manhattan this morning when my texts started blowing up with 'Congratulations!!' At first I thought, congratulations for what? And then I stopped dead still in the middle of the crowded sidewalk and started repeating 'Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God.' But in NYC, I'm sure I just looked like another crazy person."
Jimmy Fallon -- on his talk show Late Night With Jimmy Fallon being nominated for Best Variety Series -- "We had a great year. Congrats to everyone at Late Night. We work so hard."
Merritt Wever -- nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Nurse Jackie -- "I'm really honored to be nominated and very happy to see Edie and Bobby recognized. I'm so grateful for Nurse Jackie."
Robin Wright -- nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for House of Cards -- "I'm so proud to be a part of such a ground breaking project as House of Cards. I'm thrilled that our show has been recognized and I want to thank the academy for this great honor."
Sofia Vergara -- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Modern Family -- When informed of her fourth Emmy nomination, replied: "I better not finish this cheesecake then."
Mark Burnett & Roma Downey -- producers of History Channel's The Bible, which was nominated for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie -- "We are honored that our peers have nominated The Bible for an Emmy. We are thrilled we get to share this nomination with our tremendous cast and crew from all around the world who worked so hard with us to bring the epic story of the bible to the screen."
Mayim Bialik -- nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for The Big Bang Theory -- "I am legitimately in shock and beyond honored to be nominated for the second year in a row alongside the inspirational Jim Parsons and our fantastically written show. I can't begin to express how shocked I am to be nominated with such an impressive group of women. Wow! Now I have to find a dress."
Morgan Freeman -- whose Science Channel series Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman was nominated for Outstanding Documentary or Non Fiction Series -- "It is especially rewarding to us that our producing team is being noticed for its work exploring big ideas from some of the world's great scientists. We are extremely grateful to the Academy for this recognition."
House of Cards Executive Producer Beau Willimon on the historic nominations for the Netflix-created show -- "All of us at House of Cards are honored by the nominations. Almost four years into this journey, and well underway on production for Season Two, it's such a thrill to have the collective efforts of our talented cast, crew, designers, directors and writers recognized by the Television Academy. This dedicated team has made House of Cards by far the most rewarding artistic experience of my career. I'm particularly happy for Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright - they are the center of our show's universe and make every episode shine. And of course I'm delighted for (Director) David Fincher - his brilliance and vision inspire us all."
Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman -- whose Discovery Channel series from MythBusters was nominated for Outstanding Reality Program -- "We are already crazy grateful to have been able to do this insane job for so long. Being nominated for a fifth Emmy feels almost greedy. Almost. We are so proud of the show but most of all proud of our incredible team."