Thursday, July 20 was a special day for those whose works were acknowledged by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Being mentioned among the nominees for the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards, the likes of Nicole Kidman, Claire Danes, Don Cheadle and Steve Buscemi have shared about their feelings.
Kidman, who is named a nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries/Movie for her role on "Hemingway & Gellhorn", thanks the Academy. "I am so happy to share this nomination with Clive," she adds, referring to her co-star Clive Owen who gets nominated for Outstanding Lead Actror in a Miniseries/Movie. "Discovering and playing [Martha Gelhorn], under the guidance and passion of the great Phil Kaufman, was a joy and a privilege."
Owen, meanwhile, is "really thrilled to be nominated for 'Hemingway and Gellhorn'." He goes on praising director Phil Kaufman and his on-screen leading lady Kidman as saying, "I had such a great time working with the brilliant Phil Kaufman and the wonderful Nicole Kidman."
Being nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, "Homeland" star Danes says she feels "honored to be recognized by the Academy among such a talented group of women." Also thrilled that the show gets nominations from other fields, she gushes, "It is a great day to be on set where we can all celebrate together."
Having won the best actress kudo last year, "The Good Wife" actress Julianna Margulies is "so honored" to be nominated again this year. She states, "The Academy has been very supportive of me over the years and my appreciation is boundless."
Cheadle, who is nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on "House of Lies", jokes about how he gets the honor. "Wow. My agent was right when he said, 'You don't have to bribe all the people to get nominated, Don. Just the right people.' This is the best $246,000.00 I've ever spent. Thanks, Emmy," he enthuses.
In Supporting Actor in Comedy category, Ty Burrell who faces off three of his "Modern Family" co-stars says, "The fact that Ed [O'Neill], Sofia [Vergara], Jesse [Tyler Ferguson], Eric [Stonestreet] and my other wife, Julie [Bowen], are also nominated makes this all the sweeter. I wish Bill [Hader] and Max [Greenfield] weren't such great guys, now I have to root for everyone and that's exhausting."
Bill Hader himself plans to "kiss up to the cast members of 'Modern Family' in hopes that they pull a Ving Rhames and give me their award when they win." In a more serious note, the "Saturday Night Live" regular says, "It's a great honor, though there should be parentheses next to my name with all of the 'SNL' writers."
As for "New Girl" star Zooey Deschanel, she claims that being nominated for an Emmy is "the kind of moment you dream about." The Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy nominee gushes, "Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that I could have this incredible honor and recognition. It's just so exciting."
Ryan Murphy is also "very surprised" that his show "American Horror Story" gets multiple nods. Meanwhile, Connie Britton who vies for Oustanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries/Movie states, " 'American Horror Story' was a really unique and special show, I felt so fortunate to be able to do it and to have this be the dividend from that is just really extraordinary."
Being mentioned among the contenders for Oustanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Steve Buscemi of "Boardwalk Empire" says, "There are so many amazing performances this year by actors I really admire that it means a lot to me to being included among them."
Steven Moffat, the executive producer of "Sherlock", also reacts to the nominations received by the crime drama series. "13 just got lucky. That's an amazing number of nominations for 'Sherlock' and we are beyond thrilled. This has been a passion project for everyone involved and it's success has overwhelmed all of us. I think we're even more overwhelmed this morning," he shares.
The nominations for the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday morning in Los Angeles. "Mad Men" and "American Horror Story" earned the most with 17 nods each, followed by "Downton Abbey" and "Hatfields & McCoys" with 16 apiece. "Modern Family", meanwhile, was the most-nominated comedy series with 14 nods.
A gala for the annual prize-giving event will be held on September 23 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, with Jimmy Kimmel serving as the host.