By Dana Getz
Updated July 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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The 2016 list of Emmy contenders ranges from industry knockouts — American Crime Story nabbed a whopping 22 nods — to buzzy first-timers like Aziz Ansari (Master of None) and Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt).

From the humble (Idris Elba) to the heartfelt (Tracy Morgan), see their reactions below, and watch this space for updates.

Idris Elba, Luther (nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie): “I am floored that I’ve been nominated but I am even more excited that Luther has been nominated as well. The success of Luther is so much due to the fans and I hope they are as proud of this nomination as we are. OH BOY! What a category!”

Kerry Washington, Confirmation (nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie): “I’m awed by the journey we have been on with Confirmation. I’m deeply grateful to the academy for acknowledging this film that so many people poured their hearts and souls into. As both an actress and producer, I could not possibly be more proud or humbled.”

Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth (nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series): “What an exciting day! I’m so deeply thankful for this honor and fully aware that the only reason I’m in this position is because of the tireless work of our amazing writers, cast and crew. Without them, I’d just be another drop dead gorgeous face attached to a perfect ten figure that’s blessed with neck-to-toe body hair coverage.”

Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager (nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie): “I am so pleased and proud for The Night Manager. I plan on being impossible for at least a week.”

David Schwimmer, The People v. OJ Simpsion: American Crime Story (nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie): “I am totally surprised and thrilled to be nominated alongside my other cast mates, as well as the show’s writers, producers and directors. I’m proud to be part of such a timely and provocative series, and hope it continues to spark a much needed discussion of race and class in this country.”

Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series): “I am so lucky to be able to work with the most brilliant cast and crew in television, and I am honored to be included in this group of exceptional women. I am in debt not only to the Television Academy, Netflix, and Universal, but also to Tina Fey and Robert Carlock for creating this show in the first place. And by the way, with this nomination, I’ve already won….a complimentary round-trip flight to Los Angeles, plus accommodations!”

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series): “I’m in the UK shooting a movie, when the director came over to me on the set and said, ‘Congratulations to you Jeffrey.’ I’m deeply honored to be a nominee and to be in the company of such amazing actors.”

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series): “I was sitting at my piano working on a new musical the moment I heard the news. In that moment, surrounded by so much love, I felt truly humbled to be a part of such an amazing show. Thank you to the Academy, and thank you to the wonderful family and team that is Ellie, Jane, Carol, Robert, and Tina.”

Michael Kelly, House of Cards (nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series): “The first time, I was shocked. Second time? Just completely floored. I am so honored and grateful to be included in this group of amazing, insanely talented people. Huge congratulations to Kevin, Robin, Beau, Mahershala, Paul, Reg E., Ellen Molly, and everyone involved with the show – it’s so special to be sharing this with you all. What a thrill!”

Tony Hale, Veep (nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series): “It really is overwhelming to be on a list with such incredibly funny guys. I’m so THRILLED for my Veep family!! Lord knows we needed some good political news.”

Tracy Morgan, Saturday Night Live (nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series): “Oh my God. I am just so happy and want to share this with so many people and am nominated with some extraordinary company. I love you guys. I just want to thank everyone who helped me and my family after that horrific night and the months after. Lorne and everyone at SNL for having me come home. The Doctors at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital who saved my life. The staff at JFK Medical Center who got me back on my feet. The first responders who helped me and my friends that fateful night. My AMAZING wife and kids. Lira, who helped my wife. My father, who is looking down on me right now. I feel like Cuba at the end of Jerry Maguire! But most importantly…this is for you Jimmy Mac. I love you. Thank you to everyone who made this possible.”

Sterling K. Brown, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story (nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie): “I am beyond thrilled to be receiving my first Emmy nomination! What an incredible journey the last 15 years has been. Allow me to first recognize the village that has supported me from the very beginning. My friends & family in St. Louis, MO (Love you, Aralean Brown, aka Ma), my Stanford compatriots (#chocolatecardinal), and my friends and faculty from the 5th floor @NYU…Thanks for believing in me when I had a tough time believing in myself. And to the love of my life, Ryan Michelle Bathe Brown, thank you for saying yes, for baring two of the most gorgeous children in the world, and inspiring me with your insane talent, intelligence, and passion everyday! Thank you to the Television Academy for this tremendous honor.”

Beau Willimon, House of Cards executive producer, creator, and showrunner (nominated for Outstanding Drama Series): “I’m grateful to the Television Academy for the nominations. And I’m deeply grateful to all of the cast, crew, writers and producers who have poured their collective talent and passion into House of Cards during the past four seasons. My hat is off to all of you.”

Mahershala Ali, House of Cards (nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series): “Words cannot express how grateful and humbled I feel. Working on House of Cards alongside so many great talents has been one of the highlights of my career, and it brings me so much joy to see the show continually recognized by everyone. Thank you to the academy for this tremendous honor.”

Gareth Neame, Downton Abbey executive producer (nominated for Oustanding Drama Series): “I’m so thankful to the members of the Television Academy for embracing and honoring Downton Abbey from the beginning, and joining us on the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them. To receive our fifth consecutive Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series, along with our other nominations, is an incredible way to goodbye.”

Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, Making a Murderer executive producers/directors (nominated for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series): “We want to thank the Academy for this wonderful and special honor. It took 10 years to tell this story, and we are humbled by that experience and inspired by all who have joined the conversation about our criminal justice system. We are thrilled to share this nomination with everyone who made this series possible, especially our subjects, our incredible team and our partners at Netflix.”

Judith Light, Transparent (nominated for Best Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series): “This is a dream job with our dream team. I could not be more excited, honored or grateful.”

Marti Noxon, UnREAL writer (nominated for Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series): “What an unexpected, exciting way to start the morning! I am so grateful to the TV Academy for this nomination, and to Lifetime for taking a risk on a show that was so outside of the box. We wrote the pilot just wanting to tell a great story about strong female characters, so to now receive my first Emmy nomination among this truly incredible group of nominees is both humbling and thrilling all at once.”

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan (nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series): “Big love to the Academy and my amazing cast and crew. Feels great to be acknowledged by my peers!”

Alan Yang, Master of None co-creator and star (nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series): “What an amazing day — I’m so glad The Americans is finally getting the recognition it so richly deserves! Oh, also I’m incredibly thrilled for everyone who worked so hard on Master of None. We couldn’t have made the show without the help of so many talented people and we’re very grateful to be recognized by the Academy.”

Rob Corddry, Childrens Hospital creator and star (nominated for Outstanding Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series: “I loved doing Childrens Hospital and I am most excited that Rob Huebel and Erinn Hayes were recognized for their talents. It’s been a fun ride and I am grateful for the recognition.”

Ellen Page, Gaycation (nominated for Oustanding Unstructured Reality Program): “We are so honored for this recognition from the Television Academy. Gaycation started as small idea and with the help of Spike Jonze and Viceland, it became a series that we hope has helped educate and shift perspectives about LGBTQ community.”

Gloria Steinem, Woman with Gloria Steinem (nominated for Outstanding Documentary or Non-Fiction Series): “It’s a huge reward for our global team to be nominated for an Emmy, and it’s one more proof that WOMAN: Be A Witness is a series whose time has come. I’ve never been part of a project that seemed so risky, yet so inevitable, and is so full of suffering, yet so full of hope. I’m thankful to Vice for taking on what others don’t.”

Rob Huebel, Childrens Hospital (nominated for Outstanding Actor In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series): “I am especially honored to be in a category with so many great actors. Except of course my arch-nemesis Rob Corddry. Never Corddry!”

Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland director (nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for “The Tradition of Hospitality”): “I am completely blown away by this nomination, in fact I was in a scout van in NYC prepping Homeland season six when I got the news. I am so thrilled for our whole incredible team – Alex Gansa, the amazing Claire Danes and our wonderful cinematographer David Klein. This is totally overwhelming and so very cool!”

Bryan Cranston, All The Way (nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie): “I am thrilled that this important story was recognized in so many areas. It was indeed a team effort. Especially delighted that my production company Moonshot Entertainment, received its first Emmy nomination. Thank you to all the artisans who made it possible for us to go all the way.”

Marc Platt, Grease: Live executive producer (nominated for Oustanding Special Class Program): “I am so grateful for Grease: Live’s nominations this morning. What means the most to me is that almost every department was recognized. To pull off something that ambitious required an extraordinary team effort at every level and everyone on our production performed at their very best. It was such a privilege to work with such a talented group of people and I’m thrilled that the Academy recognized their outstanding work. Congratulations to the whole team.”

James Lipton, Inside the Actors Studio executive producer/host (nominated for Outstanding Informational Series or Special): “As strange as it may seem, all of us who are responsible for Inside the Actors Studio are as excited about our 19th nomination as we were about our first. What a journey – for which we have our hundreds of generous and gifted guests to thank.”

Padma Lakshmi, Top Chef host (nominated for Outstanding Reality-Competition program): “I’m so honored and excited that after 13 seasons, our fans at the Academy are still enjoying the show as much as we enjoy making it.”

Martin Phipps, War & Peace composer (nominated for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or Special (Original Dramatic Score)): “I just got out of the Lido on a rare sunny British day when I heard this awesome news! The War & Peace soundtrack was a labour of love and is very close to my heart. I’m really thrilled that it’s been recognized.”

Th 68th annual Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, air Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. ET on ABC. See the full list of nominees here.