Emmys: What the Crafts Nominees Are Saying

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HBO's Game of Thrones led Thursday's Emmy nominations with 23 mentions, with many in crafts areas including cinematography, editing, makeup and sound.

Also earning multiple nominations in the crafts areas were FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story with 22 mentions and FX's Fargo with 18.

The Creative Arts Emmys will be handed out on Sept. 10 and 11. As the results came in on Thursday morning, some of the crafts category nominees shared their reactions with The Hollywood Reporter. Here's what they had to say:

Glenn Melenhorst, visual effects, Game of Thrones

“I have watched Game of Thrones since season one, agog at the quality and audacity of the visual effects, so it goes without saying that we were beyond excited to be able to work with Joe Bauer and Steve Kullback on [the episode] ‘Battle of the Bastards," said Melehorst, VFX supervisor at Deluxe's Iiloura, one of the VFX houses that works on the HBO series. "It is historic television, and to be part of that history is very gratifying for the whole team here at Iloura. It’s hugely exciting to be recognized by our peers in this way. Congratulations to the team here at Iloura and to the other nominees."

Tim Porter, picture editing, Game of Thrones

"I'm very proud of 'Battle of the Bastards' and thrilled to be nominated. Props, of course, to the brilliant director Miguel Sapochnik," said editor Porter.

Josh Earl, outstanding unstructured reality program and picture editing, Deadliest Catch

"It's ridiculous — my phone started blowing up," enthused Earl, who has already won five consecutive Emmys for editing the Discovery series and this year had the additional role of supervising producer. "I don't know how to react. it's crazy when you do something that you love and then cool stuff happens. We were all texting and calling. [Deadliest Catch] is a family. ... I think viewers are attracted to the characters — they are so raw and real. I think viewers relate to their emotions; we try to tell their story."

Bob Bronow, sound mixing, Deadliest Catch

"I'm not sure anymore if [Deadliest Catch's popularity] is about the fishing. The characters are so compelling and real and raw, and the danger is real and it's always there. It makes me nervous just to mix the show," said Bronow, who received his twelfth nomination for the series (he's won twice). "I'm elated. Every year it's an honor to be selected out of such an amazing group of crafts people whose work I truly admire."

Matt Senreich, outstanding short-form animated program, Robot Chicken Christmas Special: The X-Mas United

“I’m still stunned that Seth [Green] and I get to play with toys and be honored for it. It’s an amazing world that we live in. I feel like Tom Hanks in Big on a daily basis,” said Senreich, the show’s co-creator.

Terry Dresbach, costume design, Outlander

“I am beyond thrilled," said costume designer Dresbach. "My team is so incredibly wonderful and I am so proud of them. A lot of hard work and dedication from everyone. Congratulations to all my fellow nominees!”

Eric Goldfarb, picture editing, Naked and Afraid XL

“All the editors on Naked and Afraid XL are incredibly excited. It's a serious challenge editing together 42 minutes of content from 40 days of footage," said editor Goldfarb. "But it's nothing compared to what the survivalists have to endure ... at least we don't have to eat bugs and snakes! But if we win, we are fully prepared to accept our award naked (and largely afraid)!!”