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The night before the announcements, best supporting television actor nominee Masi Oka was out late with his fellow "Heroes" castmembers at the premiere of "Rocky Balboa", which co-star Milo Ventimiglia, another member of the "Heroes" cast. So Oka's phone was turned off and he slept until around 7 a.m., waking up to "about 80 messages. When I first heard about it, I cried for about five minutes. I was so emotional. I'm so overjoyed. My mind is on cloud nine." His first phone call was to him mom in Japan, where more waterworks occurred. "She was bawling too...I thanked her for being patient. She was my first fan and she was my first hero."

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Mary-Louise Parker was at her son's preschool when she got a text message from her agent that she had been nominated again for best actress in a comedy series for Showtime's "Weeds." "I was pouring yogurt, and my cell phone started vibrating," she said. But she couldn't immediately share the news because "a bunch of 3-year-olds don't really care," she joked. Although Parker won the Globe last year for her role as a pot-dealing surburban mother, the news of her nomination still came as a surprise. "It's nothing I ever take for granted because you don't always get nominated. It's never a given. I always try not to know when (the nominations) are coming or what day it is. Everyone is instructed not to tell me so I don't wait and making myself crazy." Can she offer any hints about the upcoming third season? "I wish. I thought I knew what was going to happen (last season), and that didn't happen. It never goes the way I think it's going to do. I don't know anything, but I wish I knew."

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Kyra Sedgwick, up for best actress in a drama series for her role in TNT's "The Closer," was trying not to think about the nominations announcement. "I didn't have the TV on; I was just puttering around the house trying not to wait for a phone call -- but of course waiting for a phone call," she joked. "I was convinced it was not going to happen. It's so nice to be nominated." Sedgwick says she's "endlessly fascinated" by her character, Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson. "I never know what she's going to do. She has so many contradicting features. She's incredibly able in so many ways but so unable in so many others." Sedgwick, who's planning to take a big trip with her family before shooting starts again in February, added that she doesn't know what's in store for Season 3. "It's great -- that way I don't (accidentally) spill the beans, which I have a tendency to do."

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"Sleeper Cell" co-star Michael Ealy was receiving congratulatory calls for his first Golden Globe nominations on the steps of the Los Angeles Superior Court in downtown Los Angeles where he is serving jury duty. "I always knew this show was going to have a slow burn," Ealy said of the terrorist drama, which is receiving a lot of critical accolades and viewer attention for its current second season. "I like the fact that we were able to mature the show and let the audience mature and grow with it and ride it out."

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The first thing "Ugly Betty" star America Ferrera heard when she picked up the phone was her sister screaming. "I couldn't quite understand what she was saying, but I had a feeling it had to do with the nominations," said Ferrera, who spent the night before trying to block out thoughts of any possible kudos. She said she knew the nom was a possibility when she did an HFPA news conference a few months ago. "I had my fingers crossed and hoped that the show would be recognized in some respect, and now it's an abundance of gifts to be nominated." Ferrera was reluctant to take any credit for the ABC show, saying it is the people she works with who are the real stars. "It's the writing and the way it was executed," she said. "It's being held up by a lot of really talented, hardworking people. I'm fortunate enough to be in the position to be the front face of it." Ferrera said she did the show because she had a feeling it could connect with people, but "I never knew to what degree that would be or if it would be a hit. I mean, there are plenty of good shows that come and go and just never find the right audience. It's the stars aligning." Ferrera, who was still in her car, having just arrived on the "Betty" set for an early call, didn't have plans to celebrate. "I will be working for the remainder of the day, probably late into the evening. Some sleep would be nice," she said.

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After filming a scene with Matthew Perry until 11:30 p.m., "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" co-star Sarah Paulson didn't get to bed until 2 a.m. and was sound asleep when her publicist called to tell her she had landed her first major nom. "I've wanted and thought about something like this as long as I can remember," she said. "To me, it's the most meaningful thing to be acknowledged alongside such talented actresses, not to mention the competition on the show with all the deliciously wonderful actors. I can't believe I got noticed; I'm having a hard time wrapping my sleepy brain around it." The first congratulatory call she received was from Perry, who text-messaged her from the nominations ceremony, where he served as an announcer. "I'm only nominated because I work with him," Paulson said. "He is such an incredible actor, so supportive and wonderful."

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Marcia Cross was feeling "pretty happy" about her second Globes nomination for best actress in a comedy or musical series for her role as Bree on ABC's "Desperate Housewives." She said she wasn't expecting her nom, but in the event that her name was announced, she had asked her publicist to leave her a message on her cell phone because "she didn't want to be woken up at 5," she said, laughing. "I woke up at 7 and had a good message. It was nice because my husband was here, and we celebrated together. It was really such a nice, happy surprise." Cross offered only a hint as to what's coming up for the rest of the show's third season. "I can tell you it's a little outrageous -- at least my story line. It's comedy in the only way that 'Desperate Housewives' can do comedy." The actress said she gets a little time off over the holidays but won't be traveling. "I can't go home this year because I'm very pregnant. But I'll have a house full of friends and kids. It's my first year being married and in a new house, and we decorated the tree last night. Aside from being with my own family, I can't think of anything better."

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Hugh Laurie, nominated for best actor in a drama series for his role in Fox's "House," said he was "thrilled to bits" to be nominated. "Couldn't be more delighted. I am already planning to arouse comment, perhaps even scandal, with my choice of bow tie," the British actor joked. He indicated that he was a bit speechless but might look to fellow nominee Kiefer Sutherland, up for his role in Fox's "24," for inspiration. "Oh heck, I don't know. What's a chap supposed to say? Let's find out what Kiefer says and try and say it just before him."

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He's kinda creepy and rather hedonistic, but underneath it all, Andy Botwin's not such a bad guy -- that's how actor Justin Kirk views the character he plays on Showtime's "Weeds." "He never does anything to the detriment of anyone else," Kirk said. "He just seems to have a great lust for life, and I think the writers love to write for my character." Kirk was more than happy to get the wake-up call from his publicist to inform him of the show's TV-leading haul of four nominations (tied with ABC's "Grey's Anatomy") and for his own supporting actor bid. After an eventful second season for his character -- who went from rabbinical studies to sacrificing a few toes to get out of being shipped to Iraq -- Kirk said he's eager to start work on Season 3 of "Weeds" in April. "I'm game for whatever they throw at me," he said. "That's the fun part of being on a TV show. You get a new script every week."

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The nominee for lead actress in a TV comedy is fantastic, the Emmy win in August was wonderful, but the real victory for Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been the ability to play a strong, funny female character who rings true to the millions of harried, divorced working mothers out there. "She has struck a nerve with people," Louis-Dreyfus said of Christine Campbell, her sitcom alter ego on CBS' "The New Adventures of Old Christine." "The show is expertly run and expertly written. The material is real, and that's why it works," she said. As a working mom herself, Louis-Dreyfus said her kids help her keep kudos in proper perspective. "I'm just happy to have a job, and this job in particular," she said. "My kids are somewhat impressed (by the nomination), but they'd be more impressed if I made them chocolate-chip cookies this afternoon when they get home from school."

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Greg Daniels, executive producer of NBC's "The Office" -- nominated for best series, comedy or musical -- said he attended the 2006 ceremony in support of Steve Carell, who took the Globe home for his starring role, but is looking forward to attending next month's awards show as a nominee. As for any lingering comparisons with the original British version of the show, "we're off on our own now in uncharted waters," he said.
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