Reactions to the Emmy nominations

Nominees reflect on their nods

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Nominees list: part I | Nominees list: part II

“I, without question, will be raising a glass today to Sydney Pollack. He was the first person who called me about ‘Recount’ and he was such an extraordinary man. I am so pleased that he stayed with the film despite how ill he was becoming. He really helped Jay (Roach) and in some strange timing Sydney lived until the morning after ‘Recount’ aired on HBO. It was the last film and he stayed with it until the end. Today I will be thinking of Sydney.”
— Kevin Spacey, producer with Trigger Street on “Recount” and “Bernard and Doris”

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“I have never lost sleep over whether I am going to win or not but now I know how important it is to bring attention to the show and bring it to a large audience. We need all the help we can get. I am a huge cheerleader for the show and am so proud of it.”
— Glenn Close, drama actress, “Damages”

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“I love that all the women in my catergory are past 30. That makes me feel great. I think there is this myth that in Hollywood women over 35 can’t get hired but that is just not the case.”
— Kyra Sedgwick, drama actress, “The Closer”

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“I got up and watched the announcements on TV. I heard it from Kristin Chenoweth’s mouth.”
“I am looking forward to sitting in a seat that is not behind the stage. Last year, with the circular stage, we looked at everyone’s backs. I hope that doesn’t happen again this year.”
— America Ferrera, comedy actress, “Ugly Betty”

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“We only got to air 10 episodes last season so to get an Emmy nomination out of so few shows is a testament to the show itself and the writing on the show. It is just a wonderful validation. It is nice to be invited to the party again.”
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus, comedy actress, “The New Adventures of Old Christine”

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“I think I actually did scream a little bit when I saw that Jean (Smart) had been nominated. I was so happy. I always looking forward to getting dressed up and seeing everyone.”
— Christina Applegate, comedy actress, “Samantha Who?”

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“We are in the midst of shooting the show now but we have TCA party tonight and so we can all celebrate together. There will be a sense of celebration on the set today and a reinvigorated sense of purpose.
— Michael C. Hall, drama actor, “Dexter”

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“My dog woke me up because he wakes me up every morning to go on a hike. He doesn’t care about the Emmys. But when I got up and saw I had a lot of messages I knew what it meant. It’s nice and I’m really happy and I am back to work today.”

Lee Pace, comedy actor, “Pushing Daisies”

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“I got a call telling me I had been nominated when I was out to dinner with friends in Australia. We were just finishing up and were determined to go home not too drunk and not too late. Then we heard the news and got champagne and stayed an extra hour.”
— Rachel Griffiths, supporting drama actress, “Brothers & Sisters”

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“Whenever you think about how important the comedy is, you’ll be doomed. Now that we have some distance, a lot of the credit is due to Jim Downey and the writing of the Hillary pieces. Any time the show resonates any way it does, it’s amazing. It was great to be part of the zeitgeist, and having the media commenting on it. I’m so proud of the show this year and coming back after the strike.”
— Amy Poehler, supporting actress in a comedy, “Saturday Night Live”

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“This is still the Arnett-Poehler household, not the other way around. Jesus, the fact checking at Variety has gone down the tubes. I maintain that I don’t have a plan doing movies rather than TV, although maybe I should. I just want to have fun.”
— Will Arnett, guest actor in a comedy, “30 Rock”

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“I was sitting in a hot air balloon somewhere over the Indian Ocean and I had nothing but a rusty compass in my hand and I was shivering and carrier pigeon delivered the news to me … or my publicist called me.”
— Jeremy Piven, comedy actor, “Entourage”

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“It’s intentional that we don’t go for most laughs per minute. When you’re dealing with something like the Emmys, Barney is so over top that it gets noticed. We’re all very pleased with the content of our show and that there’s not a lot of meddling with the tone. I’m in a unique position to do things that I want and be happy. Because I’ve lived through the TV show machine once already, I have a touch more perspective of not taking it too seriously.”
— Neil Patrick Harris, supporting actor in a comedy, “How I Met Your Mother”

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“I have never had an Emmy nomination before and now I have two. They are sort of like buses you spend your whole life waiting for one to come and then two come at the same time.”
— Tom Wilkinson, miniseries actor “Recount” and supporting actor “John Adams”

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“We hoped to make it both suspenseful and entertaining. We were trying to get the history right, to know what really went on. I think the script captured all those elements. It said every vote should count.”
— Jay Roach, director, “Recount”

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“It feels OK, certainly better than the alternative. My agent and I were talking last night and there were all these questions of where I’ll be this morning. I woke just 10 minutes before he called. I saw my name on that shortlist, but I knew it would get whittled down, and there were certainly bigger names than me. I didn’t want to get my hopes up. You just don’t know if the show is going to get the coverage I think it deserves to get, but I feel really good for the show.”
— Zeljko Ivanek, supporting actor, “Damages”

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On announcing the nominations with Neil Patrick Harris: “We were like it’s 5:40 a.m., let’s just have fun.” On her nomination: “I have been trying to stay away from all the predictions to not get caught up in it so it actually it shocked me. Neil and I were just so happy.”
— Kristin Chenoweth, supporting comedy, “Pushing Daisies”

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“I knew my future was in ballroom dancing. Seriously, I’m friends with all nominees except for Heidi, and that’s something I need to work on. Howie and I had lunch and were talking the unlikely nature of catching lightning in a bottle with all of this. The key is to make it look easy. Never let them see you sweat. If I’m doing my job, audiences think think they can do it too. You want to serve the format and keep the pacing going. To be part of the first group of nominees is a treat.”
— Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With the Stars”

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“I got the results just in time for a nice lunch in London. I didn’t have to get to up at 4 a.m. bleary eyed. It’s gone quite beyond my hopes of how it would play. Paul (Giamatti) and I have spoken about this, and what struck him was how many people from different cross-sections talked to him about it. Traffic cops, news agents, it’s had a very democratic reach. I’m so proud that we never dumbed it down, talked down to the audience. We took our audience seriously.”
— Tom Hooper, director, “John Adams”

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“I was really excited to hear all the energy the show received. I went through this earlier in life, and even though sometimes you take it for granted a little more, now I’m very grateful. It feels very excit
ing. I don’t have a blasé bone in my body.”
— Ted Danson, supporting actor in a drama, “Damages”

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“I just love the show so much and when you get nominated you realize how disappointed you would have been if you didn’t get nominated. Christina (Applegate) is so unbelievably unique and talented I can’t wait to call her.”
— Jean Smart, supporting actress comedy, “Samantha Who?”

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“I heard the news as I was going into the water to go surfing and I went anyway. It was pretty nice. Even though there weren’t too many waves I just sort of sat there smiling.”
— John Slattery, supporting actor drama, “Mad Men”

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“It’s both thrilling and unexpected. I was sleeping with the TV on when I heard. Somebody once gave me the worst advice: Don’t do a gameshow because that will kill you. It’s done nothing more than open up every door, every opportunity and given me so much exposure. At this point in my career, after 30 years in the TV business, to be recognized is thrilling.”
— Howie Mandel, host “Deal or No Deal”

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“I don’t even know what to think about this. We’re just making really nerdy content for ourselves and we’re stunned that people are reacting to it the way they are. I guess it’s just a communal sense of humor.
— Seth Green, exec producer, “Robot Chicken”

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“I’m over the moon about it. I can’t believe the show even got on the air, and that AMC had the guts to put it on. Their courage is paying off in spades. I love hearing stories that when our crews wear their ‘Breaking Bad’ hat, people come up to them say I want one and love that show. I can’t believe a show that only aired for seven episodes has this much buzz, or any buzz at all.”
— Vince Gilligan, director, “Breaking Bad”

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“I loved the idea of these two lost souls connecting in some way, and exploring their sad and lonely lives. What especially interested me is that Susan Sarandon wanted to play Doris Duke. The sheer craziness of having Ralph (Fiennes) and Susan made a difference. They clung to each other like ports in a storm and had a brilliant experience. You don’t get to make many movies that are two-handers.”
— Bob Balaban, director, exec producer, “Bernard and Doris”

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“I just wanted to write the best movie I could and I felt it was a really important story and I wanted it to be delivered in a way that was really entertaining. I feel like the Emmy nomination tells us that we did that.”
— Danny Strong, writer, “Recount”

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“It was a long journey of many years in putting it together. We’re so grateful to Steve McPherson for giving us three hours of primetime. That’s unheard of. In some respects, TV movies are more gratifying because of the size of the audience. It’s probably a better place to do more intellingent and heart-rendering material.”
— Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers, “A Raisin in the Sun”

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“I feel very fortunate to be part of something like this. If you take it for granted, you’re not paying attention. People watch the show and laugh. If you get a few weeks off and meet people, you can see how the show makes an impact with them. Charlie (Sheen) makes it look easy and there’s an elegance to the performance, with a lot of craft and instinct behind it. He reminds me of Dean Martin. He’s got a magical quality that centers the show.”
— Chuck Lorre, exec producer, “Two and a Half Men”

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“It’s inspiring to be recognized and know that the storytelling is being recognized. It’s exciting to look at that list of best drama and be on it. It feels similar to when I worked on ‘The Sopranos,’ in that we were nominated in our first season. I feel like we’re moving a mountain to a place where more shows and networks can be audacious and bold. Hopefully, this will give us the opportunity to write the kinds of stories we want to write.”
— Todd A. Kessler, exec producer, “Damages”

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“I was out til 1 last night and the phone rang at 7 o’clock. It was one of my reps telling me I got nominated for an Emmy. I said, ‘Can you call me back?’
“The thing that pleases me the most is that virtually everyone in every department was singled out for recognition. That’s really good, and it’s been great to see how the DVDs have flown off the shelves.”
— Kirk Ellis, writer, “John Adams”

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“We never really expected this for these shows, it feels like Christmas morning. People really appreciate reality shows that are positive, as well as inspiring and creative. That’s one of the big reasons they resonate for people, that sort of seriousness of purpose.”
— Dan Cutforth, exec producer, “Project Runway,” “Top Chef”

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“I’m so thrilled, and really excited. It feels brand spanking new every year. They see the complexities of what we’re doing. There’s nothing like it in its genre, in size or scope. The world is our place. We go the extra 35,000 miles. We always make minor changes, but I don’t want to mess with a winning concept. I have the enthusiasm to do this forever. We’re getting better at it. Hopefully we’ll get it again. I’m getting greedy.”
— Bertram Van Munster, exec producer, “The Amazing Race”

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“It’s immensely thrilling and that doesn’t go away. If we waited for the audience to grow tired of the shape of our show and then we made changes, it would be too late. We operate under the idea that if it’s exciting to us, they’ll come.”
— Katie Jacobs, exec producer, “House”

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“This is the perfect kind of busy day. I woke up and learned about the Emmy nominations, and then I (realized) another dream by taking my kids to a table reading of `The Simpsons.’ We had a great experience there, and then I came to work where there’s champagne and congratulations…We’re all going to really celebrate on Monday at the (season two) premiere party at the Egyptian. I think this just sets us up for season two so well. I believe in advertising, and I think (the noms) inform people that they are in for a unique and valuable and entertaining experience if they watch the show.”
— Matthew Weiner, drama series and writing, “Mad Men”

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