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Emmy nominee reactions rundown

Compiled by THR staff...

Seth Green had two reasons to celebrate Thursday withnominations for "Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II" in the bestanimated program and voice-over categories. The executiveproducer/creator (with Matthew Senreich) didn't know he'd beennominated until after he woke up. "My publicist had been trying tocall me for a while, but I don't have a house phone. My cell phonewas off and she didn't reach me until after I woke up," he said,adding that any nomination is important to him. "Every nomination,no matter what category or award for anything you make yourself isincredibly important," he said. "For me, it's so validating for ourteam who work super hard on our show that is by all accounts ashortform ad-sponsored cable show. So it's really exciting to getnominated for anything, especially the straight-up Emmy," saidGreen, who planned to celebrate by going to see Lord T and Eloise,an "aristocrunk group of intergalactic travelers who are therichest men in the universe and are coming to save our planet. Theyare prophets of rap music who are in Los Angeles. I have togo!"

Last year's lead drama actress winner, Glenn Close, wasironing when the nominations were announced and found out from herpersonal trainer that she received her second nom for "Damages."

"This is my ironing day," she joked. Close did have somemisgivings, however. "I'm thrilled the whole show has gottensomething, but I wish the writers had as well because I wouldn'thave been nominated without the writing they give me on aconsistent basis. I'm grateful for that; it makes it allworthwhile." Close added that the nominations she and the showreceived for its second season illustrate that the drama isn't justa "flash in the pan." "To be nominated for the whole show is kindof validating for the entire team and what we all produce together.It's really important to receive the nomination in the secondyear." As for her plans to celebrate, Close joked that she "hassome beds to make" and that "every day is a celebration as far asI'm concerned."

Six-time Emmy nominee Mary-Louise Parker was lying in bedwith her son "talking about the Loch Ness Monster" when she noticedher phone message light on, checked her voicemail and found thatfellow best actress in a comedy nominee Christina Applegate hadcalled to congratulate her. "I was so happy for her, too. I thinkshe's so awesome. It was a really lovely way to find out and startmy day," said Parker, calling from the hair and makeup chair on theset where the "Weeds" actress at work filming the last day of theseason. Parker said her sixth nomination -- as well as the show'sbest comedy series nom -- are validation that the risk of changing"the whole premise of the show" paid off. "It's a lovely littleburst of validation and it's very heartening," she added.

"I didn't find out until I checked my messages while walking thedog," John Slattery said of his nomination for supportingactor in a drama series. "I was bending over picking up dog shit,but doing it while finding out something like this is the bestway." The "Mad Men" actor didn't expect the nomination, but isexcited about the show's many nom, saying, "It's great to be partof a show that isn't everywhere yet, it's on the ascendance." Withfilming for "Mad Men" beginning in the early morning and continuinguntil past midnight, Slattery has little time to celebrate. "It'sall work and family right now," he said, adding that the nom is"gratifying. It shows that it's time well spent."

Jimmy Smits was "woken up like cattle" when his publicistcalled to inform him of his nomination as guest actor in a dramaseries for his stint as good guy gone bad Miguel Prado on "Dexter."While he had no immediate plans to celebrate, he said thenomination was all he needed. "There's no celebration. It mightsound corny, but the nomination is really so important because ofthe fact that it's acknowledgment from your peers. That's mycelebration," he said, adding that he he's looking for "anothergood at-bat." "I've been lucky in terms of hooking up with greatpartners and last season having that opportunity to work with thewhole cast and specifically with Michael (C. Hall) was really ajoy." Smits added that he felt honored to be nominated with such"industry heavyweights" as Ernest Borgnine and Ted Danson. "It's agood thing to wake up to."

Aaron Paul was struggling for words after receiving hisfirst-ever Emmy nomination: supporting actor in a drama series forhis role as Jesse Pinkman on AMC's "Breaking Bad." Paul, who put ina long day of shooting Wednesday, promised himself he would sleepthrough the nominations and found out the news after his managercalled over and over until he woke up. "I'm so thrilled to even beassociated with the other nominees, it's unbelievable," he said."I've been screaming all morning with my girlfriend and my buddy;we're all freaking out together. I just love doing what I do, andI'm so lost for words. I'm so happy for everyone on the show andthe show being nominated and Bryan (Cranston) being nominatedagain; it's such an incredible feeling."

Jane Krakowski, nominee for outstanding supporting actressin a comedy series for "30 Rock," was thrilled to receive her firstEmmy nomination; she feels lucky to be part of the show that ledthe field with 22 mentions. "Days like this are just incredible forus," said Krakowski, who didn't believe she was nominated in thecategory when her publicist told her the good news. "I had to askher to send me the list to prove it! But my first question was ifTracy (Morgan) or Jack (McBrayer) got one." "It's just so excitingthat there are so many first-time nominees three years in," shecontinued. "It blows me away." Krakowski added that she planned tocelebrate with some champagne at dinner with her parents beforetaking in a show. "Now I gotta go work out so I can get a nicedress," she joked.

"30 Rock's" Jack McBrayer found out he was nominated forbest supporting actor in a comedy series when he happened to pickup his landline -- usually reserved for "telemarketers and faxes.""My phone had been off and right when I picked it up, Amy Adams wascalling me," he said. "I think I'm still a bit numb right now."Also receiving a shortform live-action nomination for NBC.com's"Kenneth the Web Page," McBrayer said he felt like he was doingfellow nominee Tina Fey proud. "In all sincerity, it's a hugehonor. For me, I feel like I'm doing Tina Fey proud because she isrunning the show by far. To me I feel more vindicated to her, likeI've fulfilled any obligations to her. It gives me confidence thatthe show might not go away immediately." As for his plans tocelebrate, McBrayer joked that it was "too early to have abeverage," but that "first things, I'll brush my teeth. After that,the world is my oyster."

Beau Bridges planned to "try to stay cool, maybe jump in theocean" to celebrate his nomination for guest actor in a comedyseries for his stint on "Desperate Housewives." "It was a greatexperience all around to play with all those wonderful ladies,"said Bridges, who added that he found out he was nominated when hispublicist called and woke him up. "I have a 15-year-old kid who wasat a friend's house and when I get a call that early, I always pickup." He tipped his hat to writer Marc Cherry for the script and"unique opportunity." "They've got such a wonderful creative team;it's a well-oiled machine," he said. "They welcomed me with openarms. It feels good to get acknowledged."

"I love being in the mix again this year, but am absolutely overthe moon about 'How I Met Your Mother's' best comedy seriesnomination," said supporting actor nominee and Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris. "The only multicamerashow in the mix! This kind of recognition is huge for us. Justhuge. It should be quite the night. Being asked to host the show --terrific. Getting a third nomination -- fantastic. Having theability to scribble my name in the envelope backstage when no oneis looking -- priceless."

"I'm thrilled and honored to be nominated again this year," said"Ugly Betty's" Vanessa Williams, nominated for supportingactress in a comedy series. "I love my show and my character,Wilhelmina, and this recognition is truly icing on the cake."

Alana Stewart, a close friend of Farrah Fawcett and theproducer of "Farrah's Story," woke up at 4 a.m., thinking that thenominations were over: "The phone hadn't rang, and I thought thatwas it." She was woken up later with the news that "Farrah'sStory," which reached more than 9 million viewers in May, wasnominated for outstanding nonfiction special. Fawcett's death three weeks ago remains in the forefront ofStewart's mind. "The nomination is a wonderful way of honoringFarrah's memory and legacy," she said. "Farrah was incrediblycourageous and brave, and she realized that she had aresponsibility. She got a message of support and encouragement outto people who have cancer." She's still very close to us. I stilltalk to her all the time like she's in the room. Her whole journeywas not in vain, and she would have been very happy and veryproud," Stewart said.

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