WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Here’s the latest on the 67th annual Primetime Emmy nominations announced Thursday in West Hollywood, California, by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (all times local):
Emilia Clarke says she was the happiest patient in her doctor’s office this morning.
The “Game of Thrones” star was waiting for a medical appointment when her phone rang with the news that she was nominated for an Emmy Award.
“I started to be really excited and I started to get glaring looks while I was in the waiting room, which was very quiet,” she said. “Then they tried to call me in and I was like, ‘Hang on just a second, I’m getting congratulations right now.'”
Joanne Froggatt can blame a dying cellphone battery for receiving late word that she was nominated for her work in “Downton Abbey.”
The actress was at a train station in London when she got an email with news of the nomination. Incredulous, she wrote back to confirm. Then the phone went dead. She boarded the train.
“I had to wait another 45 minutes before I could discern that really did happen,” she said.
Jane Krakowski’s day at the beach with her young son is turning into a lesson in Hollywood awards.
Krakowski’s nomination Thursday for her role in “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” came during a family outing in the Hamptons. The actress initially thought only the show had been nominated, but a flood of phone calls informed her she had received an acting nomination.
“My heart started palpitating,” Krakowski said. “I said, ‘Somebody get me a baby aspirin to calm me down.’ I couldn’t believe it.”
Her son was less impressed.
“After I hung up the phone, I ran to tell my son, who’s 4, and he was like, ‘What does that mean, mommy?’ He didn’t know anything,” Krakowski said. “He looked at me like, ‘Can you play now?’ So I will be spending the rest of the day playing with my son and trying to explain what an Emmy is to him.”
Michelle Obama’s name is popping up in an Emmy nomination.
A “Billy on the Street” episode with Obama, Big Bird and Elena is nominated for outstanding short-form live-action entertainment.
To raise awareness for her “Eat Brighter” campaign, Mrs. Obama joined quizmaster Billy Eichner for a special edition of his comedy game show, posted on the Funny or Die website. Obama competed with Big Bird and past “Billy on the Street” guest Elena in a supermarket contest called “Ariana Grande or Eating a Carrot?”
Obama’s press secretary, Joanna Rosholm, tweeted out congratulations:
“And the Emmy nom goes to “Billy On The Street with @FLOTUS, @BigBird & Elena!!!” Congrats @funnyordie @billyeichner!”
The episode has some stiff competition — including shorts with Brad Pitt and Katy Perry. The other nominees are:
“Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: Brad Pitt”; “Childrens Hospital”; “Key & Peele Presents Van And Mike: The Ascension”; “Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show Starring Katy Perry.”
Jeffrey Tambor is giving out hugs.
The “Transparent” star was nominated for an Emmy Award, and planned to get close to everyone he could when he gets to work later Thursday.
“I will celebrate by jumping up and down at every alley and every step of the way in Paramount Studios,” Tambor said in a phone interview after the Amazon series racked up 11 nominations. “I will make a spectacle of myself in hugging anyone.”
It’s Tambor’s sixth Emmy nomination, but he says this one is special.
“(‘Transparent’ writer) Jill Soloway and the role of Maura Pfefferman has changed my life. Not only because it’s one of the great and signal roles, but the responsibility of playing this beautiful transgender woman.”
Tambor has been shooting some emotional scenes lately, including one Wednesday with several transgender actors. Afterward, he said he told them, “‘This is a life privilege for me, and a life learning lesson, and I’m honored by this.'”
Even after 22 Emmy nominations, Ricky Gervais says he still feels like an outsider at the awards show.
The actor-comedian said he was blown away that out of hundreds of shows, being nominated for his performance in a special episode of Netflix’s “Derek,” was incredible.
“It’s crazy. I’m overjoyed to get put in that gang, just in the mix with all those people,” Gervais said.
“It will be nice to lose to someone other than Jim Parsons this year, so that’s always a bonus,” the two-time Emmy winner joked.
Despite his success, Gervais said he still expected to be star-struck when he attends September’s Emmy Awards ceremony.
“I think of all the shows that I love that are going to be there that I’m going to be in awe of. I’m going to be walking around meeting the people that did ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Bloodline,'” he said. “I still go, “What am I doing here? I’m like a tourist. I want to get selfies.”
Forget champagne or fancy celebratory meals, Emmy-nominated actress Felicity Huffman has a house to pack.
Huffman, who was nominated for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie for her role in “American Crime,” was preparing Thursday to move out of a house in Colorado that she recently sold.
“I’m really dirty in blue jeans that I’m in my third day of wearing because everything else is packed,” Huffman said in a phone interview. “I am just going to pack. I’m grateful that it happened, but I have no plans to celebrate.”
Huffman won an Emmy in 2005 for her role in “Desperate Housewives.”
Actress Uzo Aduba didn’t just announce the top Emmy nominations on Thursday morning, she found out live onstage that both she and her show “Orange is the New Black” are vying for awards.
Aduba high-fived nominations show co-host Cat Deely and briefly covered her face in surprise during the ceremony.
Moments after the show ended, Aduba considered whether her second nomination felt different than last year’s. At first, she said no, but then reconsidered
“I guess for me it does feel better the second time around,” Aduba said. “I just feel really grateful. I feel blown away, like if I was a leaf, I’d have blown right off the stage.”
The actress won’t have long to reflect or celebrate before returning to the prison-setting of “Orange is the New Black.”
“I’m going back to New York tomorrow, and I’ll be back in, you know, my jumpsuit,” Aduba said. “I’ll just be thinking about that primarily. “
Queen Latifah’s Emmy nomination for her role in “Bessie” wasn’t just a welcome surprise — it was a salve for her jetlag.
“I’m kind of in shock right now. I flew in from Paris last night, so I was extremely jetlagged,” Latifah said in a telephone interview Thursday morning. “I was having the nicest morning. It was on television. I just kind of woke up and watched. There it was! I’m kind of in shock right now. I’m excited.”
Latifah said the 12 Emmy nominations for “Bessie” were a win for the project, which was in the works for 20 years before premiering on HBO earlier this year.
“I’m just really, really happy that people received this film the way they did and my performance in it as well,” Latifah said. “This was truly a labor of love and something people needed to see.”
This year’s Emmy Awards have the chance to anoint new record-holders for comedy and drama series with the most wins.
“Modern Family” and “Mad Men” each received best series nominations Thursday in their respective categories. If it wins in September, “Modern Family” would have the most Emmy wins for a comedy series, overtaking “Frasier.”
If “Mad Men” wins, it would become most-honored dramatic series, surpassing “Hill Street Blues,” ”L.A. Law” and “The West Wing,” which all won four times.
This year’s Emmy Awards is the last shot for “Mad Men,” which ended its run after seven seasons earlier this year. “Modern Family’s” seventh season debuts later this year.
Emmy-nominee Julia Louis-Dreyfus jokes that she doesn’t have time to watch television, but she’s clearly a “Mad Men” fan.
The actress was nominated Thursday in the best comedy actress category for her work on the HBO series “Veep” and issued a statement with the expediency of a busy head-of-state.
“As President, my staff and I are too busy doing the people’s business to watch television,” Louis-Dreyfus wrote in a statement issued roughly 10 minutes after the nominations were announced. “Nonetheless, we are thrilled to be a part of this celebration of creativity. (Go Jon Hamm!)”
“Veep” snagged nine nominations Thursday morning, while “Mad Men” received 11 nominations for its final season.
Some of broadcast television’s biggest shows — in fact, broadcast television itself — can consider itself snubbed by the Emmys.
Television’s most popular comedy, “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS, was not nominated for best comedy, and star Jim Parsons received no love as best actor.
Fox’s “Empire,” which was a sensation upon its premiere last winter, wasn’t nominated for best drama, and star Terrence Howard didn’t get a best actor nod. Actress Taraji P. Henson was nominated for best actress.
“The Good Wife” on CBS, widely considered broadcast’s best drama, was not nominated and neither was its star, Julianna Margulies.
As soon as the Emmy nominations were announced, a love fest erupted on Twitter between first-time nominees Amy Schumer and Tatiana Maslany.
Schumer, nominated for lead actress in a comedy series for “Inside Amy Schumer,” started it. She tweeted to Maslany, “ahhhhhhh!!! #notsnubbed.”
Maslany, up for lead actress in a drama series for her work on “Orphan Black,” responded with, “YOU!!! YOU CONGRATULATIONS! I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! You’re my favourite one :),” followed by an unpublishable hashtag.
The fantasy saga “Game of Thrones” received a leading 24 Emmy Awards nominations Thursday.
The drama wasn’t hurt by controversy over its depiction of a female character’s rape, earning five more nominations than it did last year.
It’s a contender again for best drama series, an award that has eluded it.
The TV academy recognized the increasingly diverse talent on TV, giving best actress nods to black stars Taraji P. Henson for “Empire” and Viola Davis for “How to Get Away with Murder.”
That sets up a possibility of a history-making win: An African-American actress has never won the top drama acting award.
The reading of Emmy nominations has begun. The nominees for best actor in a drama series are: Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline”; Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”; Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”; Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”; Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”; Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan.”
The nominees for best actress in a drama series are: Claire Danes, “Homeland”; Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”; Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”; Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”; Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”; Robin Wright, “House of Cards.”
Reporters and industry insiders are gathering in the SilverScreen Theater at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California, in anticipation of the 8:30 a.m. Emmy nominations.
Top categories will be announced in a five-minute webcast by Uzo Aduba and Cat Deeley, who will soon take the stage that is flanked with two giant Emmy Award statuettes.
Reporters grabbed last-minute bites of pastries and sips of coffee before the announcement, while press packets with details about the nominees were parked on a cart outside the theater and closely watched by academy personnel.
The midmorning announcements this year were a welcome change for many attendees after decades of pre-dawn proceedings.
The 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 20 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, hosted by Andy Samberg and broadcast live on Fox.