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.