The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced on Thursday morning, and this year's nominees couldn't be more excited.
"I'm hugely grateful to be nominated, and ridiculously proud to stand in the company of these incredible artists."
--Mariska Hargitay, nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, "Law & Order: SVU"
"The writers have created an amazing character in Jenna which I just love to play. I'm so honored to be part of this ensemble, this is my first Emmy nomination, I'm so excited! I am blown away by the number of nominations the show has received and thrilled for everyone."
--Jane Krakowski, nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, "30 Rock"
"I'm thrilled and honored to be nominated again this year. I love my show and my character, Wilhelmina, and this recognition is truly icing on the cake."
--Vanessa Williams, nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, "Ugly Betty"
"This is such a bitter-sweet acknowledgement for 'Farrah's Story,' because Farrah's not here to share it with us, but I know how honored she would have been to receive this nomination. When Farrah decided to share her battle with cancer with the world it was with the hope that she could show others struggling with the disease and their loved ones that they were not alone. I can imagine how enormously proud she is right now that the Academy has acknowledged her story in this way."
--Alana Stewart, producer, nominated for Outstanding Nonfiction Special, "Farrah's Story"
"As 'Brothers & Sisters' enters its 4th season, it still is and always will be a great honor to be nominated. The only hard part is finding a dress…and a date."
--Sally Field, nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, "Brothers & Sisters"
"I am supremely honored to be nominated for an Emmy for the third time. They say good things come in threes, like comets, omens and Jonas Brothers. God bless these United States of America."
--Rainn Wilson, nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, "The Office"
"It is an honor to be recognized by my peers and be a part of '30 Rock's' 22 nominations. I want to thank everyone from Tina to Lorne to everyone in craft services."
--Tracy Morgan, nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, "30 Rock"
"I know this industry isn't supposed to be about awards, but screw you and the horse you rode in on… Seriously, I am truly honored that the Academy has recognized my special and 'My Life On The D-List,' specifically the episode where I was priviledged enough to visit and perform at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Shout out to my one legged GIs."
--Kathy Griffin, nominated for Outstanding Variety, Musical or Comedy Special, "Kathy Griffin: She'll Cut A Bitch" and Outstanding Reality Program, "Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List"
"I'm honoured to be nominated amongst such a group of actors and so proud for everyone involved with this first series of 'Wallander." It was a huge team effort to produce ambitious television - existential angst and mystery in rural Sweden is not an easy pitch - but the public around the world has responded wonderfully, and I'm thrilled by the Academy's recognition."
--Kenneth Branagh, nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, "Wallander: One Step Behind"
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