By Maane Khatchatourian
July 19, 2012 at 04:07 PM EDT

Nominations for the 64th Annual Emmy Awards were announced this morning and stars took to Twitter and gave statements to announce their delight and gratitude.

Lena Dunham, Girls (best comedy actress and outstanding writing for a comedy)

”I have had the shriekiest morning of my life. I literally feel like I got asked to the prom and engaged and told I was going to the moon all in one day. Not to be too dramatic.” via AP

Damian LewisHomeland (outstanding lead actor in a drama)

“Right now I just have mimosas sort of swimming around in front of my eyes but I haven’t actually managed to get a hold of one, so I think I need to go and put that right, and maybe a little champagne brunch. I have my family with me and my two small children, so as long as I can drink alcohol and keep them alive for the remainder of the day, that will be a job well done.” via AP

Show creator Matthew Weiner, Mad Men (best writing for a drama)

”It’s insane. I can’t believe it. And we’re the show that’s been there, too. That’s weird, too. I can’t believe we are on the air.” via AP

Executive producer Christopher LloydModern Family (best comedy)

“I was a little nervous, and then I walked past my phone this morning and noticed it blinking. I had a text from Julie Bowen that said ‘wowie,’ so I thought it can’t be that bad. We’re at least at a ‘wowie’-level of excitement here. … If you put a numerical value on that, a ‘wow’ would be an eight or a nine, and ‘wowie’ is probably in the teens.” via AP

Executive producer Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad (best drama)

“I was lying in bed and couldn’t sleep and feeling foolish for not being able to. I’m lying there thinking it feels so good to get nominated, I’m hoping this isn’t the year it all ends. You never know. Is this the year we’re gonna get shut out? A little bit of hope can drive you crazy. It never gets old. You never get tired of waking up to news like this.” via AP

Giancarlo EspositoBreaking Bad (best supporting actor, drama)

“I really am flying. I know there are a lot of wonderful and profound actors out there who really do focus on their work so I know how special this moment is for me because I’ve seen them, I’ve watched them, I respect them and they all walk through it, they put their heart and soul into everything that they do and so I look at them and I am really, really honored to be regarded in the same vein because that’s how I work. I’m on cloud nine.” via AP

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire (outstanding lead actor in a drama)

”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.”

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey (outstanding lead actor in a drama)

”Thanks for the cheery waves about the 16 ‪#Emmy‬ nomnoms for ‪#DowntonAbbey‬. I’m gobsmacked. Or as the next RT so eloquently puts it…,” via Twitter.

Claire DanesHomeland (outstanding lead actress in drama)

”I am honored to be recognized by the Academy among such a talented group of women.  I am thrilled that Damian, “Homeland,” our amazing writers and director and so many others got nominated.  It is a great day to be on set where we can all celebrate together.”

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (best comedy actor)

“As the show enters its last season, I’m gratified to be nominated again by the Academy.”

Don Cheadle, House of Lies (best comedy actor)

”This nom wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of the team behind House of… F*ck this. Ship the thing to my house, already!” via Twitter.

Louic C.K.Louie (best comedy actor and outstanding writing for a comedy)

”For the crazily 7 Emmy noms i got today, I want to thank New York City. Best backdrop, crews, actors, smell. I Love you NYC,” via Twitter.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (best comedy actress)

”I’m thrilled to be nominated and if I win I promise to lower taxes. And I’m not just saying that. That’s not an empty promise or an attempt to bribe the voters.”

Zooey DeschanelNew Girl (best comedy actress)

”So excited for the ‪#Emmys! @lenadunham – what are our nails going to wear?!!!” via Twitter.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family (best supporting actor, comedy)

”Thrilled about all of Modern Family‘s Emmy noms. Also super excited for my favorite new comedies: Veep & Girls & the brilliant @lenadunham,” via Twitter.

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family (best supporting actor, comedy)

”I’m honored to be nominated in a category that has so many actors on so many shows doing such great work. Thank you all for your kind words,” via Twitter.

Max Greenfield, The New Girl (best supporting actor, comedy)

”I feel very fortunate to be a part of a show like New Girl! I love Television and all of you. ‪#Emmys,” via Twitter.

Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live (best supporting actor, comedy)

”It’s a great honor, though there should be parentheses next to my name with all of the SNL writers. And now I have 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.”

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (best supporting actress, comedy)

”This is such a special day for me and my cast! I’m so grateful to be recognized and especially happy to share this excitement with my “Modern Family.”

Julie BowenModern Family (best supporting actress, comedy)

”Wow! I’m really overwhelmed and grateful. It feels weird that our outrageously talented writers were overlooked as they make MF so great,” via Twitter.

Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys (best lead actor in a miniseries or movie)

”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.”

Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys (best lead actor in a miniseries or movie)

”I’m shocked and humbled by this Emmy nomination and excited for Kevin, Mare and Tom and all the Emmy nominations HM has received. I should have grown the beard a long time ago.”

Idris Elba, Luther (best lead actor in a miniseries or movie)

”Thank you everyone I’m completely ecstatic for this nomination. It’s a great accomplishment for my team, BBC and as well as myself. … Also congrats to everyone in my category as well, and a special thank you to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.”

Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn (best lead actor in a miniseries or movie)

”I am really thrilled to be nominated for Hemingway & Gellhorn. I had such a great time working with the brilliant Phil Kaufman and the wonderful Nicole Kidman.”

Denis O’Hare, American Horror Story (best supporting actor in a miniseries or movie)

”My agent 10 mins ago. He says “Denis. Do you know why I’m calling?” I say no. He says, “You got nominated for an Emmy.” Whaaaat?” via Twitter.

Sarah PaulsonGame Change (best supporting actress in a miniseries or movie)

”I can’t begin to express how exciting it is to be recognized alongside these extraordinary actresses. I love that I had the chance to play a character like Nicolle Wallace.  She has this mix of political savvy and integrity that I found so interesting. I’m so thrilled “Game Change” was received so enthusiastically by the Academy.”

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story (best supporting actress in a miniseries or movie)

”I want to thank the academy for honoring American Horror Story for all the incredible nominations. It’s been wonderful to work on a show with such talented actors and the fabulous creative team of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and all the brilliant writers who make Constance such an interesting character to play.”

Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey (outstanding writing for a drama)

”It is a great honour and tremendously exciting to find our show on the list for this year’s EMMY Ceremony. The very steep competition can only be considered a compliment, since they are all fantastic programmes, and I hope they are as happy as I am, celebrating their nominations.”

Jason RitterParenthood (best guest actor in a drama) 

”Thank you so much for all of the love! I feel very lucky! Thank you again and again for being so nice to me!” via Twitter.

Loretta Devine, Grey’s Anatomy (best guest actress in a drama)

”Omg thanks everyone for all the congrats and shout outs I am overjoyed and can barely believe it ! It is all ‪#GOOD!!!!!!” via Twitter.

Martha PlimptonThe Good Wife (best guest actress in a drama)

”Thanks for all the lovely tweets re: ‪#goodWife nomination! Very grateful and psyched,” via Twitter.

Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie (best guest actor in a comedy)

”Thanks for all the nice words, everybody. Honored to be recognized with such great company. Congrats to Edie Falco and Merritt Weaver!” via Twitter.

Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live (best guest actress in a comedy)

”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, and all the incredible cast and writers of SNL.”

Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock (best guest actress in a comedy)

”Thanks Tweeps for your kind words on the Emmy nom. Wouldn’t have been possible w/o the great writing of @KayKayCannon, @riggirobot et al.” via Twitter.

Margaret Cho, 30 Rock (best guest actress in a comedy)

”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.”

Dot-Marie Jones, Glee (best guest actress in a comedy)


Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (best variety series)

”So happy to get nominated! Can’t wait to get back to the ‘Late Night’ office and celebrate! But first I gotta leave this theatre and change out of this Batman costume.”

[Fallon was also nominated for best guest actor in a comedy for Saturday Night Live]

Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (best reality show host)

“I’m blown out of my mind and I’m thrilled beyond words.”

Ryan Seacrest, American Idol (best reality show host)

”Always humbling to get an emmy nom, thnk u for ur tweets…congrats to @JamieOliver + @RSP for their well deserved Food Revolution nom!!” via Twitter.

Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race (best reality show host)

”Thanks 4 all the support. Such an honor 2 B recognized by Academy. Congrats 2 all nominees. Great way 2 start the day :) ‪#AmazingRace,” via Twitter.

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars (best reality show host)

”Emmy Prediction: Probst will still find a way to win this thing!” via Twitter.

Joshua Bergasse, Smash (outstanding choreography)

”I’m so excited and honored that I’m nominated for my first Emmy for ‘Smash.’ I’m dancing across the room!”

Marc Shaiman and Scott WittmanSmash (outstanding original music and lyrics)

”Scott and I are thrilled to represent all our partners at ‘Smash’ and are so very thrilled for our friends and co-‘Smash’ nominees Chris Bacon, Joshua Bergasse and Uma Thurman, who make us smile, and in the case of Uma, laugh uproariously.”

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