Emmy nominee annoucements provoke memorable reactions from Melissa McCarthy, other stars

July 15, 2011

On Thursday, the nominees of the 63rd annual Primetime Emmys were announced. Melissa McCarthy, one of the stars of “Bridesmaids,” had a memorable reaction to her Emmy nomination. Sarah Anne Hughes reports:

Melissa McCarthy, former “Gilmore Girls” actress and “Bridesmaids” star, announced the Emmy nominations with Joshua Jackson on Thursday morning. And when the lead actress in a comedy series category rolled around, McCarthy got a pleasant surprise.

After Jackson read off the names of the nominees Edie Falco, Tina Fey, Laura Linney, he announced that the fourth nod went to ... Melissa McCarthy for “Mike and Molly.”

“Yikes!” the actress said as she looked stunned by the honor. Everyone applauded. “Okay. Keep it together,” she said, collecting herself to resume her duties.

The reaction was great, and we think completely genuine. “I almost started crying,” McCarthy told Heather McTear of Gather.com, who wrote this great description: “A show-stopper, heart-warmer, and feel good moment.”

The AP rounds up some of the best reactions by nominees:

“I was like, ‘I hope I don’t wet my pants.’” — Melissa McCarthy, who helped announce the Emmy nominations, on learning during the early-morning live telecast that she was nominated for lead actress in a comedy series for “Mike & Molly.”

“I hope we decide who gets the Emmy by a series of high-pressure penalty kicks, just like the World Cup.” — Amy Poehler, nominated for lead actress in a comedy series for “Parks and Recreation.”

“Is it weird that I’m having champagne and eggs right now?” — Walton Goggins, nominated for supporting actor in a drama series for FX’s “Justified.”

“This is my first time to hear it from New York, and I have to tell you, what a civilized way to hear about the nominations, after 8 a.m. I was showered already. It was incredible.” — Jim Parsons, nominated for a third time for lead actor in a comedy series for “The Big Bang Theory,” commenting on the nominations announced before dawn on the West Coast.

“Maybe I’ll have to put on some makeup today.” — Margo Martindale, nominated for supporting actress in a drama series for “Justified,” on how she’ll celebrate.

“I’m a really deep sports-orientated person, so to me its always been about scoreboard, and I scored a lot of runs late in the game to get a nomination.” — Bruce Dern, nominated for his guest-starring role in “Big Love.”

“I thought, ‘Wait until I tell Pontiac.’ My dog is wagging his tail.” — Seven-time Emmy winner Betty White, nominated for supporting actress in a comedy series for “Hot in Cleveland.”

“My mother’s in town. The phone started ringing at 5:30, and she came upstairs in her pajamas. She thought it was like an earthquake or something.” — Matt LeBlanc, nominated for lead actor in a comedy series for “Episodes.”

“In Belgium so my EMMY response will b in Flemish: wauw! ik ben zo blij en fier over onze cast en onze show. Ik ben heel dankbaar en vereerd.” — Twitter post from Eric Stonestreet, nominated for supporting actor in a comedy series for “Modern Family.”

“I’m really excited. I’m with my daughter, I woke her up as well and she was really excited about it. I said, ‘Daddy got nominated for an Emmy.’ She’s like, ‘Really?’ She goes, ‘Daddy, you’re going to be as famous as the guys from ‘Twilight.’” — Double nominee Idris Elba, up for lead actor in a miniseries or movie for “Luther” and guest actor in a comedy series for “The Big C.”

The AP released the full list of Emmy nominations:

Nominees in major categories for the 2011 Emmy Awards announced Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Drama Series: “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO; “Dexter,” Showtime; “Friday Night Lights,” DirecTV; “Game of Thrones,” HBO; “The Good Wife,” CBS; “Mad Men,” AMC.

Comedy Series: “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS; “Glee,” Fox; “Modern Family,” ABC; “The Office,” NBC; “Parks and Recreation,” NBC; “30 Rock,” NBC.

Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie: “Cinema Verite,” HBO; “Downton Abbey (Masterpiece),” PBS; “The Kennedys,” ReelzChannel; “Mildred Pierce,” HBO; “The Pillars of the Earth,” Starz; “Too Big to Fail,” HBO.

Actor, Drama Series: Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO; Michael C. Hall, “Dexter,” Showtime; Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights,” DirecTV; Hugh Laurie, “House,” Fox; Timothy Olyphant, “Justified,” FX Networks; Jon Hamm, “Mad Men,” AMC.

Actress, Drama Series: Connie Britton, “Friday Night Lights,” DirecTV; Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife,” CBS; Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law,” NBC; Mireille Enos, “The Killing,” AMC; Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” NBC; Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men,” AMC.

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones,” HBO; Josh Charles, “The Good Wife,” CBS; Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife,” CBS; Walton Goggins, “Justified,” FX Networks; John Slattery, “Mad Men,” AMC; Andre Braugher, “Men of a Certain Age,” TNT.

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Kelly Macdonald, “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO; Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife,” CBS; Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife,” CBS; Margo Martindale, “Justified,” FX Networks; Michelle Forbes, “The Killing,” AMC; Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men,” AMC.

Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS; Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS; Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes,” Showtime; Louis C.K., “Louie,” FX Networks; Steve Carell, “The Office,” NBC; Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock,” NBC.

Actress, Comedy Series: Laura Linney, “The Big C,” Showtime; Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly,” CBS; Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie,” Showtime; Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation,” NBC; Martha Plimpton, “Raising Hope,” Fox; Tina Fey, “30 Rock,” NBC.

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Chris Colfer, “Glee,” Fox; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family,” ABC; Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family,” ABC; Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family,” ABC; Ty Burrell, “Modern Family,” ABC; Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men,” CBS.

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Jane Lynch, “Glee,” Fox; Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland,” TV Land; Julie Bowen, “Modern Family,” ABC; Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family,” ABC; Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live,” NBC; Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock,” NBC.

Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Edgar Ramirez, “Carlos,” Sundance Channel; Greg Kinnear, “The Kennedys,” ReelzChannel; Barry Pepper, “The Kennedys,” ReelzChannel; Idris Elba, “Luther,” BBC America; Laurence Fishburne, “Thurgood,” HBO; William Hurt, “Too Big to Fail,” HBO.

Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Diane Lane, “Cinema Verite,” HBO; Elizabeth McGovern, “Downton Abbey (Masterpiece),” PBS; Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce,” HBO; Taraji P. Henson, “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story,” Lifetime; Jean Marsh, “Upstairs Downstairs (Masterpiece),” PBS.

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Tom Wilkinson, “The Kennedys,” ReelzChannel; Guy Pearce, “Mildred Pierce,” HBO; Brian F. O’Byrne, “Mildred Pierce,” HBO; Paul Giamatti, “Too Big to Fail,” HBO; James Woods, “Too Big to Fail,” HBO.

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey (Masterpiece),” PBS; Evan Rachel Wood, “Mildred Pierce,” HBO; Melissa Leo, “Mildred Pierce,” HBO; Mare Winningham, “Mildred Pierce,” HBO; Eileen Atkins, “Upstairs Downstairs (Masterpiece),” PBS.

Reality Program: “Antiques Roadshow,” PBS; “Deadliest Catch,” Discovery Channel; “Hoarders,” A&E; “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” Bravo; “MythBusters,” Discovery Channel; “Undercover Boss,” CBS.

Reality-Competition Program: “The Amazing Race,” CBS; “American Idol,” Fox; “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC; “Project Runway,” Lifetime; “So You Think You Can Dance,” Fox; “Top Chef,” Bravo.

Variety, Music or Comedy Series: “The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central; “Conan,” TBS; “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central; “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” NBC; “Real Time With Bill Maher,” HBO; “Saturday Night Live,” NBC.

Children’s Program: “A Child’s Garden of Poetry,” HBO; “Degrassi, My Body Is a Cage, Part 2,” TeenNick; “iCarly, iGot a Hot Room,” Nickelodeon; “Victorious, Freak The Freak Out,” Nickelodeon; “Wizards of Waverly Place, Wizards Vs. Angels,” Disney Channel.

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