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Updating Live: Emmy Awards Nomination Reactions

The Emmy® Nominations have been announced. Read the reactions from this year’s Emmy nominees

Here are the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

Jessica Lange on her Lead Actress in a Limited Series nomination and overall Emmy support for Feud: Bette and Joan
“It was truly thrilling to be a part of Feud and to embody the iconic Joan Crawford. It means so much to see the overwhelming amount of acknowledgement for our incredible cast and crew who worked tirelessly to bring Joan and Bette’s stories to the screen, and I’m so pleased that so many of them were recognized today. Thank you to the Academy for their continuous support, and thank you again to our fearless leader, Ryan Murphy. You’ve done it again.”

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
“It’s beyond thrilling to be nominated after a combined one hundred and twenty years in show business. Thank god Julia Louis-Dreyfus will win so we won’t have to get out of our seats and up all those stairs. All joking aside, we are both over the moon for our show and for each other, and cannot thank the Academy enough.”

Jeffrey Tambor on his Lead Actor in a Comedy Series nomination
“It’s an honor to once again be recognized by the Television Academy for playing a character as complex as Maura Pfefferman on a groundbreaking show like Transparent. I share this nomination with our fearless creative team led by the great Jill Soloway, and this glorious cast, who encourage me to do my best work every day. I am so excited about our 7 nominations, particularly for Judith and Kathryn, my incredible co-stars.”

Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, WOW co-founders – RuPaul’s Drag Race
“This season, RuPaul’s Drag Race has proven to be the perfect antidote for “Trumpitis”. Today, we’re so grateful that one of its side effects is an Emmy nomination.”

Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, WOW co-founders – UnTucked
“This nomination for our digital series Untucked proves that when it comes to good story telling, the size of the screen doesn’t matter. It’s how you use it.

Ryan White & Jessica Hargrave, Nominee for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series
“We are very honored to have received this Emmy nomination. The Keepers is comprised of brave souls bringing the truth to light, and this nomination affirms their courageous efforts.”

John Turturro, Nominee for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series
“I am delighted that THE NIGHT OF was acknowledged across the board in so many different categories. I am proud to be a part of this talented team from Steve, Richard, James, Riz, Bill, Michael and HBO.”

Peter Morgan, Nominee for The Crown
“Chuffed, thrilled, proud, honoured! So delighted for everyone involved. A proper fat cigar moment, if only I smoked. Drinks all round, if only I drank. I shall have to make do with turning cartwheels.”

Ava DuVernay, Nominated for 13th
“Thanks to @TelevisionAcad for amplifying the issues in @13THFilm via 8 Emmy nods. Art in action is a powerful thing.”

Shawn Levy- Nominated For Stranger Things

Best morning ever! So thrilling to be recognized especially in such a wide range of categories!

When we at 21 Laps first read the Duffer Brothers’
pilot two years ago, we knew it and they were something special. My
collaboration with these mad genius twins, and the way our incredible
cast and crew have helped bring the Duffer brothers’ vision and voice to
life, is thrilling.
We set out to make this weird little show because we loved it. The way
it’s been embraced by fans, critics and now the Television Academy has
turned our world upside down, which is just the way we like it!

Mandy Patinkin, Nominated for Homeland

“So honored to be nominated, so honored to be able to work as an actor. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

David Gelb, Nominated for Chef’s Table
“We are honored and thrilled by this recognition of the hard work and talent of our relentless production and post teams. We are deeply grateful to our incredible chefs for letting us into their lives (and feeding us), and to our family at Netflix for helping us share their stories with the world.”

Millie Bobby Brown – Nominated for Stranger Things
“Ahhhh! Only in my dreams could I have imagined this. Thank you to the Television Academy for the incredible amount of love and support they have shown me and our show this morning. I have so much fun playing Eleven, and am forever grateful to The Duffers, Shawn Levy and Netflix for allowing me the opportunity to become her. This is an unbelievable honor, and I can’t wait to dance the night away with the cast and Stranger Things team!”

Ellie Kemper Nominated for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

I am so honored to be included in this extraordinary group of women. And I am very grateful to Robert, Tina, and all of our cast and crew who make my job so pleasant. Go Russia! I mean, go USA!”

Tituss Burgess Nominated for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
“I’m continuously blown away by our show’s talent in front of and behind the camera, and this season is no exception. It’s truly an honor to be recognized alongside such an incredible cast and crew. Thank you to the Academy, thank you to our UKS family, and thank you Beyoncé.”

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Padma Lakshmi,Nominated for Bravo’s Top Chef
“So elated that after so many seasons the Television Academy has again nominated Top Chef! Congrats to all my cast and crew and our brilliant producers for the best show there is to work on. Feeling much gratitude this morning! Congrats also to RuPaul’s Drag Race which is much loved on our set too!”

William H Macy, nominated for Lead actor
“The day I read John Wells’ pilot for SHAMELESS I knew I was in for a wild ride, and here we are eight years later and I’m still playing Frank Gallagher, whom I love so much I’d give him my liver. Not only do I get to go to the Emmys to see all my pals, I’ll do it with Felicity Huffman on my arm. Life is sweet.”

Ryan Murphy – Nominated for Feud
“I am beyond honored and grateful for the nominations for FEUD; this was a great year for women’s stories on television and it’s moving and affirming to see Emmy voters recognizing so much good work. It’s a proud day for all of us who worked on this series but an even prouder day for this medium which I love. How lucky are we to be a part of it?”

James Lipton,Nominated for Outstanding Informational Series or Special -Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio
“Nominated for the 20th time, how can I begin to express my gratitude and excitement? It is a milestone for which we have our distinguished guests to thank. This remarkable moment is dedicated to them, the artists, and to the dreamers – the students of our Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University.”

Shannon Purser nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress
Wow. I am so incredibly honored. Thank you so much. Congratulations to all the other incredible nominees. @TheEmmys. Special congrats to @DavidKHarbour and @milliebbrown and the Duffer brothers. You’re all incredible artists and I’m so happy for you.”

“We are all thrilled that a British Series has done so well both at the Golden Globes and now the Emmy’s, with 13 nominations. It is a testament not just to our brilliant actors but also the extraordinary artists working in all our design departments. Our technical crews really are the best in the world. I am obviously delighted for Peter Morgan and everybody at Left Bank Pictures.”

“We are absolutely delighted with our Emmy nomination for our work on The Crown. It’s fantastic to be recognised for the incredible work our team at One of Us put into the show. Especially when it is very much about producing invisible and seamless real life VFX which are historically accurate but also help to give the series the scale and ceremony which the subject calls for. We are completely thrilled to be recognised by The Academy.”

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be nominated for an Emmy with my friends of The Crown.”

“I am thrilled that a show which I loved so much and worked so hard at has been recognised.”

“It was a great pleasure to work on The Crown, to be inspired by Peter Morgan’s words and Stephen Daldry’s vision, indeed by all the directors. This nomination is a wonderful honour not just for the nominees but for the whole Art Department, for their passion and commitment to such an exciting project.”

“Very very happy also for the amazing Jane and Lily , and our Production Designer , Devorah Herbert. We all work together to bring forth the magic that has become “Grace & Frankie”….and we are all here on set today celebrating the fantastic news…. along with all the crew and our unbelievable writers who have created the most amazing characters that we get to bring to life through costume ….

Allyson B. Fanger nominated for Outstanding Contemporary Costumes For A Series, Limited Series Or Movie:
It’s such an honor to be recognized by the Television Academy for being everyday immersed in a project that we LOVE!”

Netflix – Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer.
“We want to congratulate the visionaries whose fresh voices, groundbreaking storytelling, and brave performances inspire us daily. To receive 91 nominations across 27 programs is a profound honor,”

Hulu’s statement
The race for Outstanding Drama Series saw a record-high number of submissions this year, with the Television Academy receiving and reviewing 180 submissions in total. With ongoing praise from critics and fans throughout its first season, The Handmaid’s Tale nabbed a nomination in the major category and secured Hulu’s first-ever nomination for a Primetime Emmy® Award best series category.

In addition to Outstanding Drama Series, it was announced that The Handmaid’s Tale lead actress and seven-time Primetime Emmy Award Nominee Elisabeth Moss has been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her acclaimed portrayal of Offred in the series.

Hulu’s first documentary, The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, also snagged a first-ever nomination for the premium streaming service for Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special.

“We are so honored by the Television Academy’s recognition for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ this morning. For everyone who devoted their time and energy to this project — from our brilliant cast and crew, to our creative teams, to our partners at MGM, to our amazing writers, directors and producers — we are all incredibly grateful,” said Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins. “We are so proud of ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years,’ our first Hulu documentary, and many congratulations go to the brilliant filmmaking team. It’s a very happy day for Hulu.”

Evan Rachel Wood nominated for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series” as well as for WESTWORLD’s

“I am so thrilled to be nominated for playing Dolores; she is the bravest and most complex character I have portrayed. It is an honor to be a part of the cast of Westworld, it really is the best job I’ve ever had. ”

Lesli Linka Glatter/EP & Director of Homeland, nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
I am stunned and thrilled to be nominated and am honored to be among this group of incredible directors. And it’s especially gratifying to be recognized alongside so many wonderful women directors this year. I am so grateful to be a part of the amazing and talented team who create Homeland, it’s a genuine gift to collaborate with them.

Brian Grazer & Ron Howard (Imagine Entertainment) on Genius nomination for Limited Series
“It’s a true honor for Genius to be nominated in such a hotly contested category this year, and we are excited to share this honor with our partners at National Geographic, Fox 21 Studios, Oddlot Entertainment and EUE/Sokolow. Being able to tell the ambitious but intimate human story of Einstein’s scientific brilliance wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing cast, led by Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Flynn, who really brought the man behind the mind to life. Nor could we have done it without a peerless crew who helped propel the series into the realms of excellence. Hopefully the series has entertained and helped inspire a new generation of geniuses!”

Geoffrey Rush on his Genius nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series
“… the news of this nom at 1:38 a.m. in the Antipodes is wonderful. For me it is not only a celebration of having failed so badly in Physics at High School, but also great for Nat Geo entering a new playing field and bringing Einstein and the crucial value of Scientific questioning into the spotlight. … I am thrilled to be acknowledged alongside such illustrious heroic fellow-nominees….”

Ron Howard (Imagine Entertainment) on receiving directing nomination for Genius
“This was the first time I had ever directed scripted drama for television, so to be nominated in this category is a wonderful surprise. I was really excited going into the project about the possibilities for telling Einstein’s story in a way we’d never seen before, and with the beautiful locations in the Czech Republic, an incredibly talented cast and an agile, tireless crew behind the cameras. I couldn’t have been more pleased with how all the pieces came together on screen. Everyone who contributed to the series should be incredibly proud of how their commitment paid off.”

Ken Biller, showrunner and executive producer of Genius, on receiving nomination for Limited Series
“Working with Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and the incomparable Geoffrey Rush on this amazing project has been the absolute high point of my career. I couldn’t be prouder of the whole cast, crew and creative team.”

– Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn, co-directors of Amanda Knox
We couldn’t be happier to be to be recognized by our peers. It’s an honor to be nominated alongside so many other incredible films of the last year. A special thanks to the subjects of our film that were so open and honest with us, as well as our whole filmmaking team and our family at Netflix.”

Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale
Well I’m in a little bit of shock!! 13 nominations is absolutely insane. I woke up to a gif from my publicist Erica of a shirtless Anthony Rizzo from the Cubs and knew it was good news (because a shirtless Rizzo is always good news) but 13 is blowing my mind! I’m so intensely proud of my cast and crew who put their blood, sweat and tears (literally) into this show. This is not a solo sport and each and every one of them is responsible for helping make something we could be proud of. And a special shout out to my executive producing partners, showrunner Bruce Miller and EP Warren Littlefield. Our triangle of collaboration and trust has been a gift to me and I love you both. Nolite te bastardes Carborundorum bitches.


“I’m absolutely thrilled to have been nominated for a third time. Five seasons in, I still feel privileged and excited to work with the incredible cast and crew on House of Cards. I’m humbled and honored, and the nominations for Robin, Kevin, and the show make this even more special.”

Alexis Bledel (Nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, The Handmaid’s Tale):

I’m very grateful to be a part of The Handmaid’s Tale, it’s amazing company of actors and the incredible group of artists who bring this story to life. It has already been a true honor to be entrusted with playing Ofglen; a character and inspiration originated by Margaret Atwood and so beautifully crafted by Bruce Miller. It has been a high point for me creatively to be led by Reed Morano’s skillful and intuitively transportive direction, while acting alongside the utterly brilliant Elisabeth Moss. For Handmaid’s to now receive this much recognition, it’s humbling, yet I’m so proud, and really excited for everyone.

Tim Ives, Director of Photography STRANGER THINGS, Chapter Eight: The Upside Down
Wow, I am completely overwhelmed, thankful and blown away by this Emmy nomination! Stranger Things is truly a labor of love!

Tom Colicchio, head judge and executive producer of Bravo’s Top Chef – Outstanding Reality-Competition Program – Top Chef

“It’s always nice to be recognized for the hard work the entire team does and this season was no exception. Congratulations to everyone for their hard work resulting in our eleventh Emmy nomination!”

Rupert Gregson-Williams, The Crown, Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)
“I’m honored to be nominated for the Emmys for my music for The Crown and thrilled for all of my colleagues on the production for the recognition that the show has received. Collaborating with Stephen Daldry and Peter Morgan has been and continues to be a wonderful experience. Composing music for the series is a joy.”

Nora Felder on the occasion of being nominated for Outstanding Music Supervision

Wow!!!! I feel like I just entered a parallel universe! Such fantastic news to be included in this historical Emmy first that acknowledges music supervisors as the music warriors that they are. Stranger Things is a huge phenomenon, and its a honor to be a part of the casting process of one of the shows main characters: The Music!

“Thank you @TheEmmys for the nomination. It is very special to me. And @Stranger_Things with 18 nominations, my pride in the show, unending❤”

“My @TheEmmys nomination celebration. Airport security. It’s really glamorous, kids.”

Costume Supervisor Lori DeLapp on the occasion of being nominated for Outstanding Contemporary Costumes For A Series, Limited Series Or Movie:

“I am grateful to have worked on these four seasons of “Grace and Frankie”. The level of professionalism and talent of our producers, writers, cast and crew is in a class of it’s own. To be recognized with an Emmy nomination for my contribution as Costume Supervisor is truly an honor.”

Heather Pain on the occasion of being nominated for Outstanding Contemporary Costumes For A Series, Limited Series Or Movie

“Grace and Frankie” is one of those shows you pinch yourself everyday you come to work! Not only is there so much creative talent, everyone is so nice and amazing to work with!!! I’m really excited and honored to be recognized with an Emmy nomination for Assistant Costume Designer.”

– Lena Waithe, Master of None
How all the comments, calls, posts, tweets, messages, texts, DMs, likes and love has made me feel. #ThankYall#IcanFeelYourLove”

Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror
“This surprising news has caused me to experience a momentary absence of despair, during which my mouth smiled, causing me no end of panic because I thought at first my face had broken. Thanks to all our cast and crew, and to Netflix for giving us such a happy home.”

Jeff Beal, House of Cards – Outstanding Music Composition For a Series
“It sounds strange to say, having won an EMMY® Award already for House of Cards, but I am incredibly surprised to be recognized with a nomination for Season 5. It just shows that people are still invested in the Underwoods, and I am genuinely proud to be along for the ride.

For me, season five was about the ascent of Claire Underwood, and Frank’s secret self-immolation. This episode was pivotal for both of these characters. I loved the way Claire becomes a 4th wall breaking character, and Frank seems increasing paranoid. This sense of lying, and breakdown of trust amongst every one in the west wing, which now in today’s climate doesn’t feel so atypical.”

Devorah Herbert on the occasion of being nominated for Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Program (Half-Hour Or Less)

“I am so honored to be nominated and to work each and every day with such an amazing cast – big shout out to Jane and Lily and their well-deserved nominations – everyone on our amazing crew, our directors, Skydance, our tireless showrunner Marta Kaufman and Netflix for bringing Grace & Frankie to the world.”