The 2012 Emmy Awards: The Nominees React

Jimmy Kimmel and Carrie Washington took to the stage yesterday to announce the nominations for the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.  We caught up with some of your favorite stars to see how they felt about the honor and this is what they had to say.

“So happy to get nominated! Can’t wait to get back to the Late Night office and celebrate! But first I gotta leave this theater and change out of this Batman costume.”—Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live

“It’s all very overwhelming. I’ve been grinding it for so long. To go from auditioning Zeke and Luther two and a half years ago to now being nominated for an Emmy is nuts. My life has changed pretty quickly… Zooey [Deschanel] and I are already discussing what we’re going to wear. We’re coordinating. We want to make sure we don’t wear the same outfit because that would be humiliating.”—Max Greenfield, New Girl

“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.”—Don Cheadle, House of Lies

“I’m so excited to have been nominated for an Emmy, especially for 30 Rock, which is an incredible show and also for playing a deranged and deceased world dictator who has divided the small country of my origin in two. That’s the best part. I think that’s what I’d call iron curtain irony.” —Margaret Cho, 30 Rock

“I’m thrilled to be included amongst one of Modern Family’s 14 Emmy nominations! I am celebrating with 10 gorgeous, tall, leggy showgirls. Not because that’s how I roll but because I’m in rehearsal for The Producers at The Hollywood Bowl. Also, because I like to make Eric Stonestreet jealous.”—Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family

“This is an incredible feeling, it is wonderful! To be nominated in this category and be in the company of these amazing women is a real real honour and I am really grateful to the Emmy voters for putting me there!”—Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey

“I was actually awake this morning when they announced the Emmy nominations thanks to my newfound need to pee several times a night. Finally, my enlarged prostate pays off!!”  Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

“I was really surprised…Honestly, I’m just pinching myself right now. To come from Friday Night Lights, and then to get nominated for American Horror Story and then to go into shooting [the new ABC drama] Nashville…I don’t know. It’s a good day as an actor, I’ll tell you that much.”—Connie Britton, American Horror Story

I am absolutely in shock. I was 100 percent certain I was not getting nominated! It is to the credit of Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady, Steve Molaro and our amazing writers who gave Amy Farrah Fowler the words to make her so much a part of people’s minds and hearts. I share this tremendously thrilling honor with them, our incredible cast and especially with Jim Parsons who I constantly borrow line-readings from.”— Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

“I had so much fun hosting—it was like coming home. Getting to go back and play with your friends…there’s nothing better. Hosting SNL was my childhood dream, while other kids were playing princess I was doing impressions of Roseanne Roseannadanna. This is an amazing honor and one I share with Lorne [Michaels], and all the incredible cast and writers of SNL.”—Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live

“I’m over the moon to receive my first Emmy nomination. I feel so lucky to be a part ofHomeland and am extremely grateful to the writing team for continuing to write such extraordinary roles for all of us. I couldn’t feel more proud to be keeping company with such a fantastic range of talented actors.”—Damian Lewis, Homeland

“Filming the Hatfields & McCoys was one of the most fulfilling and inspiring projects that I’ve had the opportunity to work on, and it was truly gratifying that audiences tuned in to see our interpretation of this classic American story. To be recognized for our work by the members of Television Academy this morning is the cherry on top. I share this nomination with everyone who contributed to this project from the producers, cast and crew to the great team at History, who really stepped up to support the creative vision of the filmmakers.”—Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys

“I am truly honored that the Academy has nominated me for an Emmy. The fact that Ed, Sofia, Jesse, Eric and my other wife, Julie, are also nominated makes this all the sweeter. I wish Bill and Max weren’t such great guys, now I have to root for everyone and that’s exhausting.”—Ty Burrell, Modern Family




Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game Of Thrones


Mad Men
Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Kathy Bates – Harry’s Law

Glenn Close – Damages

Claire Danes – Homeland

Michelle Dockery – Downton Abbey

Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife

Elizabeth Moss – Mad Men
Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Hugh Bonneville – Downton Abbey

Steven Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad

Michael C. Hall – Dexter

Damien Lewis – Homeland

Jon Hamm – Mad Men
Outstanding Mini Series
American Horror Story

Game Change

Hatfields & McCoys

Hemingway & Gellhorn


Lead Actress In A Mini Series Or Movie
Connie Britton – American Horror Story

Ashley Judd – Missing

Nicole Kidman – Hemingway & Gellhorn

Julianne Moore – Game Change

Emma Thompson – The Song Of Lunch
Lead Actor In A Mini Series Or Movie
Kevin Costner – Hatfields & McCoys

Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock

Idris Elba – Luther

Woody Harrelson – Game Change

Clive Owen – Hemingway & Gellhorn

Bill Paxton – Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Host of a Reality Show

Outstanding Host of a Reality Show

Tom Bergeron – Dancing With The Stars

Cat Deeley – So You Think You Can Dance

Phil Keoghan – The Amazing Race

Ryan Seacrest – American Idol

Betty White – Betty White’s Off Their Rockers

Best TV Reality Competition

The Amazing Race

Dancing With The Stars

Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance

Top Chef

The Voice

Best Variety Series

The Cold Bare Reaper

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Late Night With Fallon

Real Time With Bill Marr

Saturday Night Live

Lead Actress In A Comedy

Zooey Deschanel – New Girl

Lena Dunham – Girls

Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie

Tina Fey – 30 Rock

Melissa McCarthy – Mike & Molly

Julie Bowen – Modern Family

Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation

Lead Actor In A Comedy

Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock

Don Cheadle – House Of Lies

Louis C.K – Louie

Jon Cryer – Two And A Half Men

Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm

Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory

Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory


Modern Family

30 Rock