2013 Emmy Nominations: What Did Lena Dunham, Kevin Spacey, and More Say About Their Nods?

On Thursday morning, Aaron Paul and Neil Patrick Harris announced the nominees for the 2013 Emmys at a very, very early hour. As dawn hit in Los Angeles, nominated actors were made aware of their honors, and slowly (and tiredly) began picking up their phones and pencils to give statements about their nods. So what did this year's nominees say? Read on to see the best responses from this year's crop of talented actors and actresses.

And the Emmy Nominees Say...

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On Thursday morning, Aaron Paul and Neil Patrick Harris announced the nominees for the 2013 Emmys at a very, very early hour. As dawn hit in Los Angeles, nominated actors were made aware of their honors, and slowly (and tiredly) began picking up their phones and pencils to give statements about their nods. So what did this year's nominees say? Read on to see the best responses from this year's crop of talented actors and actresses.

Lena Dunham ('Girls'), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

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Speaking with The New York Times: "I honestly woke up to a call from my publicist, and I was like, “What did I do now? What did I say that’s been taken heinously out of context, and I now have to decide whether or not to release a statement about it?” What she actually was calling about was pretty great."

Sarah Paulson ('American Horror Story: Asylum'), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

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Speaking with USA Today from the set of American Horror Story: "I'm away from home and I'm not with any of my friends. I'll go try and find the rest of the crew that is here and go drink some Champagne. Maybe I'll start now. Is that weird? It's a morning beverage."

Kevin Spacey ('House of Cards'), Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

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Via The Hollywood Reporter

: "I’m very happy, first for the series, that we were able break through a lot of great shows. It was our first season, so it’s obvious a big thing for us. It’s also a huge day for Netflix too. Nine nominations! It’s a big win for us, no matter how it goes. I’m incredibly delighted for David Fincher, too. Also, to share an acting honor with Robin…. she’s so incredible, so fun. How would my character Frank Underwood respond to receiving such an honor? Well, I suspect he would decline to comment."

Roma Downey ('The Bible'), Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

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Speaking with The Wrap: "It's such a validation for all of the love and the sweat and the tears and the hard work. It's really a great big pat on the shoulder for our team."

Zachary Quinto ('American Horror Story: Asylum'), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

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Speaking with USA Today: "I've never been nominated for an Emmy before and I started working in television so it's like coming full circle."

Jim Parsons ('The Big Bang Theory'), Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

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Speaking with USA Today about being a multi-time nominee: "It's only awesome every time. It really is. I'll be honest with you. As you go through life and things keep moving and changing, you never know what you're going to feel. The longer the show is on the air, the more of a surprise and honor this becomes. It's such an expansive TV landscape. There's so many choices out there. You just never know with these types of things. I feel very touched by it."

Amy Poehler ('Parks and Rec'), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

In a statement to press: “I appreciate the nominations. I love my job. But nice try, guys. I’m not falling for this old trick again.”

Melissa Leo ('Louie'), Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

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Speaking with USA Today

: "The very first thing I did this morning I called my son, because as much as I've had a lot lovely help over these last few years industry-wise, it was my son on the red carpet at the Mildred Pierce nomination who said, 'Ooh Louis C.K., I want to meet him.' I'm quite sure that's how I got the job."

Jimmy Kimmel ('Jimmy Kimmel Live'), Outstanding Variety Series

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In a statement to press: “It just goes to show you - good things happen to bad people."

Dan Bucatinsky ('Scandal'), Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

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Speaking with USA Today

: "The notion of creating a chief of staff of the White House who has a husband at home who is baby-obsessed and wants a child ... and what has become a very three-dimensional, complicated, complex marriage. People have really responded to that. And by the way, I live that. It's very deep to me. I'm a gay dad, I'm married to my husband for 20 years. So this role has become very profound for me and very personal."

Don Cheadle ('House of Lies'), Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

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In a statement to press: "Given all the hilarious film work I've done, from Traffic to Crash to Flight, it's nice to finally be recognized as the comic genius I am. Thank you, Academy members."

Tony Hale ('Veep'), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

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In a statement to press: “Oh my God, what is happening right now??? All I could say when I saw my name was, ‘Shut up, shut up!’ This is so crazy cool. I just called the family, there was a lot of screaming. I need a Xanax. I'm so happy for the show, too. And Julia and Anna. I love my job! And now, I’m going to stop eating now in preparation for the Emmys. There are a lot of appetizers and drinks in my future."

Connie Britton ('Nashville'), Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

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Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter: "I've taken a lot of twists and turns on purpose in terms of the career choices I've made. It's a hard and risky thing to do and I feel so grateful to feel that level of support. It's not easy to do that when you take a risk — it inherently means you can fail and that's a scary feeling."

Aaron Paul ('Breaking Bad'), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

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Via Twitter: "The love this morning has been unreal. Thank you so much for the undying support for me and for Breaking Bad. Love u all."