There are plenty of questions TV fans are asking after seeing the 2014 Emmy nominees: Is it fair that Matthew McConaughey scored a nomination in the Best Actor category, despite the fact that True Detective was decidedly a miniseries? Will Breaking Bad's final season win big at this year's Emmys, even though the long-departed show might already be wiped from voters' memories? But, really, what every TV fan wants to know is: What in the world will the Orange Is the New Black say about their much-deserved Emmy nominations?
Because, when nominations roll around each year, we're met with reactions from TV stars that range from heartwarming to hilarious — these are entertainers, after all. They manage to entertain even and especially when they're off-script! So, as soon as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences reads its list of names, we flock to Twitter to read, favorite, and retweet the mini, 140-character nomination speeches from our favorite stars.
So what are they all saying this year, one month before the Primetime Emmys air on NBC on Aug. 25? Let's take to social media — and the actor and actresses' publicists — to find out, and get a sneak peek of their acceptance speeches to come!
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black (via Variety): "I was trying really hard not think about [the nominations] ... I mean, this feels amazing. It feels really amazing. I love this cast so much and I love the work we do so much. I think people are responding to it so well. I'm so glad at being recognized in this way. It has a voice."
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart (via Variety): "It's surreal ... What I'm most excited about is that so many were recognized. I saw first-hand how hard so many worked -- Danny Moder, the cinematographer, wardrobe, editing. This play and this film has meant so much to so many people. Everybody really believed in the story. For me, it was a dream come true. I would have been happy doing it in a regional theater. It'll take a week to kick in. Maybe it never will."
Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black (via Variety): "I feel like the happiest girl in the world ... I feel amazing, effervescent happy cloud nine through the moon; every cliche, hyperbolic saying for feeling really great ... [My brother, who acted in OITNB Season 1, is] really happy. He wasn't shocked, he's been on the journey with me. I've known him longer than anyone else because we shared a room ... for many years when I was struggling as an actor and playing sex worker after sex worker after sex worker ... he said you can act ... The irony is I don't represent the entire trans community and there's so many other stories that are out there. I'm just on a widely popular show right now ... it's not about me, it's multiplying the voices that are out there that are trans. There's just so many amazing trans people out there whom I share this with today."
Josh Charles, The Good Wife (via Variety): "I've been seeing how people reacted to the season, to where we went last year with the show with Will's arc — how much they love the show, how sad they were. But it does feel extra special for to get recognized by the Academy. I didn't get in the business for this. It's not what motivates me. It's not why I do what I do. It's a business with rejection and self doubt. But it's nice to get included with other people you respect."
Kerry Washington, Scandal (via EW.com): "I’m so honored to be nominated. And so thrilled for Joe Morton and Kate Burton! I’m crazy grateful that the TV Academy has acknowledged our show in these ways."
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing On the Edge (via EW.com): "I am delighted to be recognised by the Emmys for a role in a project that I am incredibly proud of. Working with Stephen Poliakoff and this amazing ensemble cast and getting to play such an extraordinary character was a tremendous experience."
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey (via EW.com): "I am totally thrilled! To be nominated in the same category as these brilliant actresses is such an honour. I couldn’t be happier. Amazing news! Thank you so much!"
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective (via E! Online): "I am honored to be nominated with such a talented field of actors. This is a tremendous category filled with some riveting performances. Thank you for this recognition."
Lena Dunham, Girls (via E! Online): "It's an honor to be recognized with this incredible group of fierce and funny women. This list of nominees would also be the list for the best dinner party in history. Many thanks to the academy and to HBO."
Robin Wright, House of Cards (via E! Online): "I'm so proud to be a part of such a consistently brilliant show as House of Cards. I'm thrilled that we have been recognized and I want to thank the academy for this great honor."
Allison Janney, Mom and Masters of Sex (via E! Online): "I couldn't be more proud and excited to be recognized for being a part of two shows that I think are just spectacular! I congratulate my Masters of Sex husband Beau Bridges and the divine Lizzy Caplan. And the nomination for Mom I share with Anna Faris because we're a team. Any recognition for my work is recognition for her as well. Congratulations are also in order for the wonderful Chuck Lorre. I definitely have a spring in my step this morning!"
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes (via E! Online): "Wow it's early... it's still dark outside but thank you to the academy! I'm truly honored to represent a project I'm so very proud of. And equally thrilled that our writers Jeffrey Klarik and David Crane were also nominated."
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex (via Access Hollywood): "I can safely say that this is one of the few phone calls a person WANTS to get at an ungodly hour. I am shocked and thrilled and SHOCKED and really, really excited. Did I mention I’m shocked? Because I am SHOCKED. Champagne before 6 am is ok, right?"
Donnie Wahlberg, Wahlbergers (via Access Hollywood): "It’s truly an honor to have our show Wahlburgers nominated for an Emmy. The show is a family affair and our hearts are in it every step of the way, making the nomination that much more rewarding."
Steve Buscemi, Portlandia and Park Bench (via The Hollywood Reporter): "There are so many great actors doing really inspiring work on television right now and it's an honor to be recognized among them. I’m also thrilled and appreciative of the support that Park Bench has received."
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie (via The Hollywood Reporter): "What an exciting way to start the summer! Beyond my wildest dreams — the response we've had to our dysfunctional ER and its inhabitants. So thrilled to be recognized by this industry."