Emmys 2013: Stars react to nominations

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 18: Actor Aaron Paul walks onstage at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards nomination announcements at the Television Academy's Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on July 18, 2013 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) Alberto E. Rodriguez

Stars are chiming in on nominations for the 65th annual Emmy Awards, announced Thursday at television academy headquarters in Los Angeles.

Aaron Paul, who helped announce the nominees and discovered he was among them with another supporting-actor nod for "Breaking Bad," which wrapped its final season, said, "What's so great about this thing is it's going to bring us all back together. A little family reunion. So we get to come back together and celebrate the time we had together and the work that we did. It's very exciting."

-"It just goes to show you -- good things happen to bad people." -- Jimmy Kimmel, on the four nominations for "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

- "I had a nice luxurious sleep-in and woke up to all these wonderful messages." - Christina Hendricks, who learned a little later than most people that she'd been nominated for best supporting drama actress nominee.

- "It's Mandela Day AND my colleagues recognized Steel Magnolias? It's a Great Day!" - Alfre Woodard in a statement about her nomination for outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie after her role on "Steel Magnolias."

- "I will definitely walk through the day with a little extra smile inside." - Zachary Quinto, who was nominated for his role on "American Horror Story: Asylum."

-"To be watching an effective politician, although diabolical, he does get (things) done, so obviously it has to be a fiction." -- Kevin Spacey, nominated for his leading role as a congressional leader in "House of Cards."

-"I think it's a musical number. I can just see those dancing demons." -- Emmy telecast producer Ken Ehrlich on how to incorporate lead nominee "American Horror Story: Asylum" into the ceremony.

And here's another round of reactions, as reported by ETonline:

Edie Falco, nominated for lead actress in a comedy series for "Nurse Jackie": "It's a huge honor - genuinely exciting to be among these women in my category. These are actresses I've watched and loved for years."

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Michael Douglas, nominated for lead actor in a miniseries or movie for "Behind The Candelabra": "What a treat to take a chance and be rewarded with 15 nominations. A great team effort and so well deserved by Steven Soderbergh, Matt Damon, Richard LaGravanese, Jerry Weintraub and all the people that made Behind the Candelabra so effective."

Don Cheadle, nominated for lead actor in a comedy for "House of Lies": "Given all the hilarious film work I've done, from Traffic to Crash to Flight, it's nice to finally be recognized as the comic genius I am. Thank you, Academy members."

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for "Modern Family": "I'm thrilled and honestly surprised by this nomination today! I just got off the phone with Eric Stonestreet who was the first to congratulate me. Congrats to Ed, Ty, Sofia, Julie, Chris Lloyd, Steve Levitan, Nathan Lane and our amazing director Gail Mancuso on their nominations as well. We are all so grateful and lucky to have this job and days like this make for an embarrassment of riches. I'm also thrilled to see two of my favorite actors, Tony Hale and Adam Driver receive first time nominations."

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Ty Burrell, nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for "Modern Family": "I am honored and humbly surprised that this good fortune continues. I've never had something so wonderful happen 4 years in a row before, other than winning the NY state lottery from 1993 to 97. I share this with the entire cast and crew of Modern Family. I'm sure it's not surprising to anyone who's ever worked on a television show, but our writers are the reason we're still in this position. I'm eternally grateful for their talent and surprising good looks."

Vera Farmiga, nominated for lead actress in a drama series for "Bates Motel": "It is such an honor to be recognized by the Academy and in the company of such brilliant women. I'm grateful to Carlton, Kerry and Anthony for gifting me with the opportunity to play such a complex woman and for breathing new life into the iconic Norma Bates."

Carrie Preston, nominated for guest actress in a drama for her recurring role on "The Good Wife": "I was walking my dog in Midtown Manhattan this morning when my texts started blowing up with 'Congratulations!!' At first I thought, congratulations for what? And then I stopped dead still in the middle of the crowded sidewalk and started repeating 'Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God.' But in NYC, I'm sure I just looked like another crazy person."

Robin Wright, nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for "House of Cards": "I'm so proud to be a part of such a ground breaking project as House of Cards. I'm thrilled that our show has been recognized and I want to thank the academy for this great honor."

Sofia Vergara, outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for "Modern Family": When informed of her fourth Emmy nomination, replied: "I better not finish this cheesecake then."

Mayim Bialik, nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for "The Big Bang Theory": "I am legitimately in shock and beyond honored to be nominated for the second year in a row alongside the inspirational Jim Parsons and our fantastically written show. I can't begin to express how shocked I am to be nominated with such an impressive group of women. Wow! Now I have to find a dress."

Morgan Freeman, whose Science Channel series "Through the Wormhole" was nominated for outstanding documentary or non-fiction series: "It is especially rewarding to us that our producing team is being noticed for its work exploring big ideas from some of the world's great scientists. We are extremely grateful to the Academy for this recognition."

"House of Cards" Executive Producer Beau Willimon on the historic nominations for the Netflix-created show: "All of us at 'House of Cards' are honored by the nominations. Almost four years into this journey, and well underway on production for Season Two, it's such a thrill to have the collective efforts of our talented cast, crew, designers, directors and writers recognized by the Television Academy. This dedicated team has made 'House of Cards' by far the most rewarding artistic experience of my career. I'm particularly happy for Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright -- they are the center of our show's universe and make every episode shine. And of course I'm delighted for (Director) David Fincher - his brilliance and vision inspire us all."

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, whose Discovery Channel series "MythBusters" was nominated for outstanding reality program: "We are already crazy grateful to have been able to do this insane job for so long. Being nominated for a fifth Emmy feels almost greedy. Almost. We are so proud of the show but most of all proud of our incredible team."

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