It’s a day of celebration for the television community: The Emmy Awards just announced this year’s crop of nominees, which includes network newbies like This Is Us, cable favorites including Veep and Atlanta, and streaming series Stranger Things, The Handmaid’s Tale, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and more.
Check out the nominees’ reactions below — we’ll be updating as the day goes on — and see the full list of nominations here. The 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live nationwide on CBS.
The Night Of
John Turturro (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie):
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.
Riz Ahmed (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie):
I am so grateful for this morning’s news! It has been an incredible honor being part of both The Night Of and Girls. Congrats to John Turturro, Steve Zaillian, and the entire cast and crew of The Night Of and a big thanks to the television academy for recognizing this timely story. And thanks to Lena Dunham for her incredible talent, for letting me be a part of her iconic series, and for making people think I know how to surf.
Anthony Hopkins (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series):
Evan Rachel Wood (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series):
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.
Lisa Joy (Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, “The Bicameral Mind”) and Jonathan Nolan (Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, “The Bicameral Mind”; Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, “The Bicameral Mind”):
Every day working with this incredible cast and crew is a dream (and not one of those dreams where you wake up being operated on by guys in a glass basement). But it’s a special thrill today to see all of the amazing people who worked so hard on this show recognized in such an extraordinary fashion! We’re delighted that the TV Academy has chosen to recognize their work. We’re so grateful to our partners at HBO, Warner Bros, and Bad Robot, and to our amazing team at Kilter Films, for their support in creating this world. We personally could not be more honored to be nominated alongside this incredible group of talented individuals. A heartfelt thanks to the TV Academy and to everyone who worked so hard to make the show a success.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Elisabeth Moss (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series):
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.
Alexis Bledel (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series):
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.
How to Get Away With Murder
Viola Davis (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series):
House of Cards
Kevin Spacey (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series):
Michael Kelly (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series):
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.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ellie Kemper (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series):
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 (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series):
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.
Tracee Ellis Ross (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series) on Anthony Anderson (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series):
Wanda Sykes (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, “Lemons”):
This Is Us
Sterling K. Brown (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series):
Maaaaan, I got the best job on TV! Receiving this nomination is just the cherry on top. Thank you, Television Academy!
From network to studio, cast to crew, writers, producers & directors–each and every one of you are second to none! Thank you all for making this the experience of a lifetime!
Dan Fogelman…you are a cherub faced, literary assassin! I look forward to working with you for the rest of my life!
Ryan, Andrew, & Amaré…you are my everything.
Brian Tyree Henry (Outstanding Guest Actor in A Drama Series, “Memphis”):
This is beyond anything I could’ve imagined! I’m floored and indescribably grateful. Thank you to the Television Academy for the recognition for ATLANTA and THIS IS US. The opportunity to be a part of this amazing cast and production is something I’ll always be joyous about. Thank you to 20th Century Fox and NBC. Dan Fogelman, the heart with which you create these lives is just a testament to how beautiful your soul is. To the Family Pearson, thank you for letting my limb of the family tree come in. Sid and Chris, making music with you two is a gift. Jermel, Ron, and my brother Sterling, thank you for reminding us all what coming home feels like. I love you. Thank you. My team at CAA, Chris, Sam, and Erica. The prodigious Michael Geiser and resplendent Jenn Wiley Stockton. Thank you the most!!!!! And my backbones, my sisters, my nieces and nephews, and my father. The vertebrae that holds me up at every turn. I love you. For ATLANTA… thank you to John Landgraf and John Solberg and the entire FX family – because that’s who you are, our family. Paul, Dianne, Keith, Zazie, Hiro and Donald. I hope years from now, when we look back on this time, it will be remembered as ground-breaking and a moment of when an artistic renaissance came through and took focus on an era where we can change the world. And we ain’t nowhere NEAR DONE!!!! Thank you.
Denis O’Hare (Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, “Last Christmas”):
John Lithgow (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series):
THE CROWN just keeps on giving and this morning’s nomination is only the latest of its gifts. I’m especially pleased that Claire Foy is my co-nominee, one of the best actors and best people I’ve ever worked with and that, by nominating the series, the Academy has recognized the scores of extraordinary people who created THE CROWN. How do I celebrate? I haven’t changed my plans: I’m taking my wife to a Lyle Lovett concert tonight in Montana, something Winston Churchill never got to do.
Peter Morgan (Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series):
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.
Stephen Daldry (Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series):
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.
The Duffer Brothers (Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series):
Wow this is just unbelievable! Thank you so so much to the Academy for this incredible honor and for all the love you gave Stranger Things. We are so proud to be in the company of such inspiring artists. We couldn’t have done this without our amazing producers, Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen, and everyone at Netflix, who always believed in this project and took a crazy chance on us. It is especially meaningful to share these nominations with so many people from our cast and crew, who have become like family to us. Special shout-outs to our Chief, David Harbour; the prodigy, Millie Bobby Brown; and, of course, to Barb herself, Shannon Purser! Gone but never forgotten!
Millie Bobby Brown (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series):
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!”
Shannon Purser (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series):
David Harbour (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series):
Shawn Levy, EP and director:
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!
Shawn Levy, Stranger Things EP/Director
Noah Schnapp (via social media video):
Thank you Television Academy!! I am so happy for team Stranger Things! And I am so proud to be a part of this amazing show. What an honor.
Thank you Television Academy! We’re two days from STS1’s first anniversary and what an amazing present for the show to be nominated for an Emmy!! Congrats to all our writers, our directors and producers, all our amazing crew and, of course, all my castmates. Huge shout out to Matt and Ross Duffer – you brought an audience together from almost every country on earth, and you’ve changed the lives of everyone connected with this show forever. Love you! Thanks to my family and team for all the support – you’re the best!
And congrats to Millie and David for their nominations. One of the best parts about this ride is the chance to work together every day. You make us bring our “A” games and we love you for it. See you on Sept. 17th!
Benedict Cumberbatch (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie, “The Lying Detective (Masterpiece)”):
“In a year of such great television it’s a privilege to be nominated and having seen my fellow nominees work just to be in their company is winning enough. Couldn’t be happier for me and the show.”
Big Little Lies
Nicole Kidman (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie):
When we started on this journey we never thought the series would connect on such a big way worldwide. I have never experienced anything like it and as producers and actors we all bow down to the Academy with thanks!
Reese Witherspoon (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie):
I am still in awe of the amazing team that came together to create BIG LITTLE LIES. These brilliant actors, directors, writers, all of the creatives and crew were the hardest working and most talented people I have ever collaborated with. To have their work recognized by the Television Academy is beyond humbling and extremely exciting! I’m so appreciative of the audience who found and supported our show, and am happy they can celebrate with us today.
Ryan White and Jessica Hargrave (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.
Amy Brenneman on Ann Dowd (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series):
Ava DuVernay (Outstanding Directing for a Nonfiction Program):
Sharon Horgan on Carrie Fisher (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series):
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series):
Tony Hale (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series):
It’s truly an honor to be nominated and I can’t thank the voters and supporters of Veep enough. Maybe now my daughter won’t try to walk 10 feet in front of me. But who am I kidding!
Anna Chlumsky (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series):
David Mandel (Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, “Groundbreaking”):
David Gelb (Oustanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series):
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.
Mandy Patinkin (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series):
So honored to be nominated, so honored to be able to work as an actor. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Lesli Linka Glatter (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.
William H. Macy (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series):
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.
Padma Lakshmi (Outstanding Reality-Competition Program):
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!
Tom Colicchio (Outstanding Reality-Competition Program):
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!
Felicity Huffman (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie):
Better Call Saul
Bob Odenkirk (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series):
Thank you Academy Members for this! I love bringing Jimmy Mcgill/Saul to life. As written by Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan and the staff, he’s a complex, compromised, and funny fella – he’s got everything going’ on! It is the part of a lifetime, and I’m glad it’s working so well for so many people. I’m thrilled to be included in this great group of actors and I am so happy that the Academy appreciates the hard work and high standards of everyone making Better Call Saul. Congrats to Jonathan Banks as well. Jonathan Banks delivers again and again, he is the consummate pro, and he’s funny and don’t believe the hype – he’s a sweetheart, too. The best. We are all giving it everything we got, glad you like it!
Billy on the Street
Rod Blackhurst (Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special) and Brian McGinn (Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series, Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program):
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.
Lena Dunham on Riz Ahmed (Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, “All I Ever Wanted”) and Matthew Rhys (Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, “American Bitch”):
Saturday Night Live
Leslie Jones (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series):
Lin-Manuel Miranda (Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, “Host: Lin-Manuel Miranda”):
Master of None
Angela Bassett (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, “Thanksgiving”):
I am tremendously thrilled to have been nominated. Just goes to show you that it all starts with a great script-in its pages lay heart, humor, and the idea that family is where we should feel safe to express ourselves with boldness. I always thought I was funny; and the Master of None team- Aziz, Alan, Melina, and the amazing Lena gave me a beautiful opportunity to show that ‘secret’ side of myself.
Lena Waithe (Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, “Thanksgiving”):
Gordon Ramsay (Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program):
Nancy Cartwright (Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance, “Looking For Mr. Goodbart”):
Feud: Bette And Joan
Jessica Lange (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie):
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.
Susan Sarandon (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie):
Jackie Hoffman (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie):
RuPaul’s Drag Race
I want to thank the academy for honoring the entire cast and crew of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ my family at World of Wonder, and our champions at VH1. It takes a village, people! Their creativity and dedication to telling the stories of our brave and talented queens never ceases to amaze, amuse and inspire.
Super Bowl LI Halftime Show Starring Lady Gaga
Jeffrey Tambor (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series):
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.
The Late Late Show With James Corden
James Corden (Outstanding Interactive Program):
Heidi Klum (Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program):
Alison Wright (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, “The Soviet Division):
Orange Is the New Black
Laverne Cox (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, “Doctor Psycho”):
Alan Tudyk (Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series):
Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party
Martha Stewart (Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program):
United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell
W. Kamau Bell (Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program):
Grace and Frankie
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series):
“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.”