Stars react to 66th Emmy Awards nominations

The Associated PressJuly 10, 2014 

Emmy Nominations

This image released by Netflix shows Kate Mulgrew, left, and Lorraine Toussaint in a scene from “Orange is the New Black," nominated Thursday, July 10, 2014 for an Emmy Award for best comedy series. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

NETFLIX, JOJO WHILDEN — AP Photo

Stars react to nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, announced Thursday in Los Angeles:

— "If the phone rings, I completely forget what's going on. I think someone is in trouble, someone is in jail, I'm in trouble, what could possibly be wrong? I immediately go to that place, and it's my publicist saying congratulations. I go to the dark place. — Matt LeBlanc on getting the early-morning call with news of his nomination for lead actor in a comedy series for Showtime's "Episodes."

— "I was lying in bed with my son and I was thinking I shouldn't scream and wake him up but I need to scream and wake him up. So I did and he put the pillow over his head." — Minnie Driver on how she responded to her lead actress nomination for "Return to Zero."

— "I am over the moon. I cannot wait to fly to LA to see Louis CK win." — Ricky Gervais on his lead actor in a comedy nomination for "Derek."

— "If I celebrate today, it would be probably simply going out to dinner, which I know probably doesn't sound that thrilling to most people, but for me it really is a lovely day. I love going out to dinner. There is also the chance that the celebration takes place by lying in bed playing Candy Crush and reading, which also makes me very happy." — Jim Parsons on how he plans to celebrate his two Emmy nods: Lead actor in a comedy for "The Big Bang Theory" and supporting actor in a miniseries or movie for HBO's "The Normal Heart."

— "I'm thrilled and a bit shocked to be nominated. And when I look at the other nominations I'm humbled. But I've always felt that liver failure brought on by acute alcoholism could be really, really funny." — William H. Macy, nominated for lead actor in a comedy series for playing a drunk dad on "Shameless."

— "It's a wonderful acknowledgement, a beautiful recognition, but what they're really saying is Jenji Kohan is a genius, and Kate Mulgrew fell in love with that character and they all got married!" — Kate Mulgrew on her supporting actress nomination for Red in "Orange Is the New Black," created by Kohan.

— "I've been texting with (fellow nominee) Jesse Tyler Ferguson already this morning and we've been talking about it. We were talking about Champagne and he said, 'It is a protein, right?'" — Cat Deeley on her plans to celebrate her nomination for reality-competition host.

— "So happy with these nominations. This breaks my 'I can't believe what happened to Brazil' funk." — Billy Crystal on his three nominations for "700 Sundays."

— "It'll be a thrill for me to be there for the first time. I don't get out much. I imagine in August it'll be about the only place I go outside the house." — Billy Bob Thornton, on his first Emmy nomination, for his work in "Fargo."

— "Maybe I'll just come in three hours late." — Jon Voight joking about how he'll celebrate his supporting actor nomination for "Ray Donovan," which is shooting now.

— "I played princesses all day long. That was my morning." — Colin Hanks, whose two young daughters are unimpressed by his supporting actor nomination for "Fargo."

— "For once, the Parents' Television Council sent me a gift basket WITHOUT a cobra at the bottom." — Seth MacFarlane on the 12 nominations earned by "Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey," which he executive produced.

AP Entertainment Writers Derrik J. Lang and Sandy Cohen in Los Angeles and Lauri Neff in New York contributed to this report.

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