Nominees reflect on their nods

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“I’m not tired of this, although my children are not impressed. Part of this now is having a permanent place in the landscape of TV. The second season was really hard, and we’re very pleased that the Academy viewed it as equal to the first season. The third season is about how people respond to change, and we’re going to investigate that on a micro level.”

– Matthew Weiner, drama series and writer, “Mad Men”

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“I think there are many parts that make it so appealing. It is such a human story, and these women are so interesting and there is something so touching about their relationship. It is combination of many things but comes off as such a universal story and really was an actor’s dream to play this part.”
– Jessica Lange, lead actress in a miniseries or movie, “Grey Gardens,”

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“Well, I think all bets would be off if he wasn’t killing by the code and killing deserving parties. Also, the way the show is structured, the audience isn’t a regular observer but (is) in Dexter’s head and a part of that trauma, which adds to the appeal of the character. Another thing that keeps that appeal is that I don’t want it to be ‘who does he kill this week?’ He has to develop, as do his relationships, and I think an example of that is when these relationships are threatened, he is forced to protect them not because of the code he is following but because he has a stake in these relationships now.”
– Michael C. Hall, lead actor in a drama, “Dexter”

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“It is a very happy household with Kevin being nominated too. The funny thing is I forgot about the nominations and slept through it, but I think Kevin woke up a little early for them and it’s a real vote of confidence as I drive to work this morning. It’s going to be really nice to go together this year and be able to support him as he has supported me there the last four years.”
– Kyra Sedgwick, lead actress in a drama, “The Closer”

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“I’m physically and emotionally drained (after each season). It is such a complete, encompassing show for me, and the only way to play this character is to be all in. (But) I look forward to it, and now it’s like a horse getting into a starting gate – “When do we go when do we go when do we go are we starting are we starting?'”
– Bryan Cranston, lead actor in a drama, “Breaking Bad”

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“It’s absolutely bittersweet (getting a nomination after the show wasn’t picked up). This is the first time I ever saw (the nominations) live, where it wasn’t someone calling me from New York. … I was so happy, and then I immediately got a little sad. We loved doing our show, For all of us, even the crew, it was our favorite job we ever had. It’s nice that we can go out with something positive.”
– Christina Applegate, lead actress in a comedy, “Samantha Who?”

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“When I respond to a script, it’s like a magnetic pull and I just have to do it. And with this, it’s so original for TV and film, and a series in itself needs to go on and on and this story allows that. When it came to contriving these different personalities, Steven (Spielberg), Diablo (Cody) and the amazing writing team just came together to create what you see on TV.”
– Toni Collette, lead actress in a comedy, “United States of Tara”

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“I never let them tell me when (the nomination announcement) is, so I don’t stress out. So I was in bed this morning with my son talking about the Loch Ness Monster, and my phone suddenly lit up and it was Christina Applegate calling to congratulate me. It was so nice to get that call from her, and it was also so great that she got nominated too.”
– Mary-Louise Parker, lead actress in a comedy, “Weeds”

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“It’s a pretty tough category, and obviously, I didn’t expect it. The sun has shone on me today. It’s weird. I didn’t jump up and down with excitement when I heard, but I have a more internal explosion going on inside of me. All I can really think is that I’m incredibly lucky.”
– Simon Baker, lead actor in a drama, “The Mentalist”

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“I’m really happy that in our second year, the team pulled off something the Academy saw that was worth recognizing, and I was especially happy for Rose (Byrne), who is so much fun to work with. I wish the writers were nominated, though, as I wouldn’t be here for the second time without the words they put in my mouth.”
– Glenn Close, lead actress in a drama, “Damages”

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“She is such a buffoon. People kind of dig her, and it makes them feel better about themselves. When you compare her to someone like Elaine (from “Seinfeld”), she is better-intentioned, which makes her idioacy tragic in a funny a way — which adds to the appeal.
– Julia Louis-Dreyfus, lead actress in a comedy, “The New Adventures of Old Christine”

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“We never had to work on our relationship. The first I met him was on ‘Hot Shots,’ and it has been easy from day one. It was easy from the moment they say ‘Action.’ Chuck (Lorre) and Lee (Aronsohn) understand the crux of the show is the relationship between Alan and Charlie and realize that in the end, the soul of the show is in that relationship.”
– Jon Cryer, supporting actor in a comedy, “Two and a Half Men”

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“It’s not just the actors and writers, it’s the P.A.’s, the grips, the guys doing the lighting, (they) all help in making the machine run, and I think these 22 nominations are a tribute to them as well. This team of writers Tina has assembled are just awesome. They all conspire and work to the ends of the night to bring out that alter ego inside of me.”
– Tracy Morgan, supporting actor in a comedy series, “30 Rock”

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“It does feel like a wonderful curtain call, now that the show is over. I think what it will be remembered for in history is the idea of bringing back a person and then making the decision if they live or die. And just the look of it … it was like watching a mini-movie every week, and what I hear all the time from people on the street is how much they miss it and how much heart the show had. And I think that is something that is missing in some of today’s shows.”
– Kristin Chenoweth, supporting actress in a comedy, “Pushing Daisies”

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“When we were shooting in Latvia, you feel steeped in both world wars and you see the possibility of choices that the people here had. The daughter made grave choices, and the mother supported her in this. I know with my own daughter, it would be difficult, but I would support her moral compass and point her in the right direction.”
– Marcia Gay Harden, supporting actress in a miniseries or movie, “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler”

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“I felt from the beginning this was a compelling story, and television was the perfect place for it. Unlike film, there was no agonizing over whether this would be distributed properly. When I met Mary Griffith, she had such courage. This is a story that urgently needs to be shared.”
– Sigourney Weaver, lead actress in a miniseries or movie, “Prayers for Bobby”

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“It was gratifying work, and I felt inspired by what was written. I’m generally not a TV watcher, but I watched the first season and was addicted to it. Mia see
med like someone I could identify with. To be a single woman in New York at that age, she was incredibly lonely. I had a lot of sympathy for her.”
– Hope Davis, supporting actress in a drama, “In Treatment”

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“Being Irish, I had to take a couple of deep breaths. This was a serious piece of work and a massive challenge, and quite terrifying up to a point. In some ways, there’s a sense of you in Churchill, and you have to deal with his words and not in mimicry. You go to the source material as much as you can.”

– Brendan Gleeson, lead actor in a miniseries or movie, “Into the Storm”

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“I think the appeal comes from how (Roger Sterling) is a complicated person and goes by the courage of his convictions. He wants something, even if it is socially unacceptable — he goes for it whether it be a hooker or a cocktail waitress, or lights up cigarette after cigarette. … The thing about Roger is he has a great sense of humor, and he laughs at his own jokes, which relates back to the kind of person he is.”

– John Slattery, supporting actor in a drama, “Mad Men”

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“I know she was really pleased with how the show did. We watched it together. There was something about Farrah that was magical. She came on the scene and the public fell in love with her, and that love affair went on ever since. This was the most important thing she’d ever done. With her cancer, she was able to get a message out to open people’s eyes about alternative methods of treatment and to have courage and never give up. It came through so strong and clear.”
– Alana Stewart, nonfiction special, “Farrah’s Story”

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“At first I said, ‘Are you sure?’ I had to see an official list. They gave all of us such great storylines this year, and every script I read was better than the last. My character is so outrageous and fun to play, without apologies, especially all of the Janis Joplin storylines.”
— Jane Krakowski, supporting actress in a comedy, “30 Rock”

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“What I got from people I talked to was they were grateful we made the movie, and this was a story they were surprised about. Out of the all the movies I’ve done, this had the kind of impact to change public policy. It felt weightier than many other projects I’ve done. We had a responsibility to the Phelps family and all the people who made sacrifices.”
– Kevin Bacon, lead actor in a miniseries or movie, “Taking Chance”

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“You don’t know what can happen when you go into those arcs, but those writers really stepped up to the plate and there was a lot of going on there. It was like a feast to any actor with everything that was going on. The writing and what’s on the page is a testament to the show. They walk a fine line, and you are rooting for this guy who is doing things that you usually don’t root for. I had a great time working on it and look forward to seeing what they do with Johnny Lithgow’s character next season.”
– Jimmy Smits, guest actor in a drama, “Dexter”

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“It’s lovely to get back in the business of English history. I had seen ‘The Gathering Storm,’ which was amazing, and had to work with Hugh (Whitemore), who is such a fantastic English writer. I read all the books about (Clemmie Churchill) and met with her daughter, and I also tried to find recordings of her and how she spoke. Research is my favorite part. I’m a frustrated academic and historian.”
– Janet McTeer, supporting actress in a miniseries or movie, “Into the Storm”

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“Our show is produced really well. We have great contestants with an impressive skill set. We’re not eating bugs. We’re doing something people are interested in. I didn’t expect this show to be as popular as it is. I wasn’t prepared for it. Part of what I do every day is mentor young chefs, and I find that part of the show to be easy. It’s about constructive criticism and not being mean-spirited.”
– Tom Colicchio, host for a reality or reality-competition program, “Top Chef”

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“This season there was a lot of character development, and it showed the softer side of Jesse. He’s an emotional kid trying to find his way, and people are pulling for him. In the first season, they weren’t sure what they’d do with Jesse, and the second season opened up to different things. He wasn’t from a battered home but just got mixed up in the wrong crowd. He thinks cooking is an art, and he’s proud of it. He’s doing something he’s good at.”
– Aaron Paul, supporting actor in a drama, “Breaking Bad”

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“It looked like such a longshot after looking at the list of actors. I thought it would be such a tough shot to get the nomination. So I slept in until my husband woke me up and said, ‘I think your mother is calling, because she is calling every phone.’ So I called my friend after I tried my mother, and she told me is this what Emmy nominees do, they sleep through all this praise. That’s when I figured I got the nomination.”
– Shohreh Aghdashloo, supporting actress in a miniseries or movie, “House of Saddam”

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“From our point of view, having Glenn Close on the show is a splendid centerpiece to an already great ensemble. … The show is the actors and writing, and it seems people fit the roles and are inspired to what they are playing, and we try very hard to give actors material they can sink there teeth into. We want actors to come here and appreciate the material.”
–Todd A. Kessler, drama series, “Damages”

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“All of this comes from Tina Fey’s head. All of the characters are so different from each other, and how she pairs each character up with other characters is so great. And the funny thing is, the show, it’s not just about the behind-the-scenes of a TV show but rather a show about the workplace, and as you know there are plenty of crazy people that you work with on a daily basis at a regular job.”
– Jack McBrayer, supporting actor in comedy, “30 Rock”

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“We like to mix it up. We may have gone a little darker last season, but it’s what feels right. I actually think voters like dark in some ways. I certainly haven’t gotten tired of it, and I know Hugh (Laurie) finds new ways to deliver. … I’m getting tired of writing of writing speeches I never get to use.”
– David Shore, drama series, “House”

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“I think you’re biased toward your own children, but having the Academy give us a tip of the hat drives all this home for me. We’re living in challenging times economically, and this show reflects those realities. I’m really happy everyone was able to see that.”
- Vince Gilligan, drama series, “Breaking Bad”

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“He (exec producer Marc Cherry) really enjoys what he is doing, and he is there all the time. He must have a dozen wonderful writers. He is always welcome to ideas. Larry Shaw, the guy that directed our episode, is a creative genius, and he has just got a real funny bone. There are some directors where you are just left alone, but he really knows those people and gives you a lot of direction, and I had a great time on the show. The only real tricky part was laying on top of a roof as a crow pecked away at me.”
– Beau Bridges, guest actor in comedy series, “Desperate Housewives”

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“I’m so stunned that people like our show. We like it, but you don’t expect other people to. When a joke is so obscure, I’m always surprised that people get it. We like making this show. It’s a backbreaker, but we’ve got a great team behind it.”
– Seth Green, animated program, “Robot Chicken”

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“I am completely overwhe
lmed. I’ve been spoiled for the rest of my career. These women brought their A game every day. Drew (Barrymore) completely shut out the rest of her world to focus on her performance, and Jessica (Lange) overcame the fear of singing. What they did in their own lives to overcome fear and challenges poured into the performance.”
– Michael Sucsy, writer and director, “Grey Gardens”

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“What was the difference this year? There were a lot of little things. We did well in the ratings, and the studio made an amazing push on the publicity side but, really, I don’t know what it is. Next year, we’ll have lots of focus on Barney and Robin, who in the past have had stumbling attempts at romance.”
– Carter Bays, comedy series, “How I Met Your Mother”

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“The film speaks for itself. I think the timing of this, as was the case with ‘Milk,’ I kind of believe in fate the way things worked out. I don’t think the timing could have been better. It has been a long, lengthy road, but we are grateful that Mary and the Griffin family had the conviction to stick with us.”
– David Permut, made-for-television movie, “Prayers For Bobby”

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“The nominations kind of belong to Chance Phelps, and he has been with us all the step of the way. It’s not a political movie; it’s a side of things we haven’t seen, and in terms of Kevin (Bacon), I could not imagine anyone else doing this. He is so soulful and skilled. We made it hard for him because there is very little dialogue. … You were forced to look into his eyes, and he brought such a great soulfulness to the part.
– Ross Katz, writer and director in a miniseries, movie or dramatic special, “Taking Chance”

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