And while it’s exciting for viewers to see their favorite shows nab nominations, getting nominated yourself is a whole other level of excitement (we imagine).
See how the nominees themselves are reacting here:
Angela Bassett is so pumped, she’s going to “go pass out somewhere”:
After five seasons, Billy on the Street got its first nomination And Billy Eichner is psyched:
Reese Witherspoon, a nominee herself, is celebrating on behalf of all of Big Little Lies:
Nicole Kidman had lots of Big Little love too.
“When we started on this journey we never thought the series would connect on such a big way worldwide. I have never experienced anything like it and as producers and actors we all bow down to the Academy with thanks!”
Leslie Jones served up some tear-worthy (and slightly NSFW) sentiments about her parents.
Millie Bobby Brown was too cute, as per usual, in a statement.
“Ahhhh! Only in my dreams could I have imagined this. Thank you to the Television Academy for the incredible amount of love and support they have shown me and our show this morning. I have so much fun playing Eleven, and am forever grateful to The Duffers, Shawn Levy and Netflix for allowing me the opportunity to become her. This is an unbelievable honor, and I can’t wait to dance the night away with the cast and Stranger Things team!”
Mandy Moore celebrated all of the This Is Us nominations:
Peter Morgan, creator of The Crown is about to breakout the cartwheels:
“Chuffed, thrilled, proud, honoured! So delighted for everyone involved. A proper fat cigar moment, if only I smoked. Drinks all round, if only I drank. I shall have to make do with turning cartwheels.”
Ava DuVernay thanked the Television Academy for helping to raise awareness for the issues presented in her film, 13TH:
Sterling K. Brown is excited for himself and his on-screen sister, Chrissy Metz.
TV vet Alexis Bledel gushed about her show, The Handmaid’s Tale:
“I’m very grateful to be a part of The Handmaid’s Tale, it’s amazing company of actors and the incredible group of artists who bring this story to life. It has already been a true honor to be entrusted with playing Ofglen; a character and inspiration originated by Margaret Atwood and so beautifully crafted by Bruce Miller. It has been a high point for me creatively to be led by Reed Morano’s skillful and intuitively transportive direction, while acting alongside the utterly brilliant Elisabeth Moss. For Handmaid’s to now receive this much recognition, it’s humbling, yet I’m so proud, and really excited for everyone.”
And Ellie Kemper couldn’t resist a political joke:
“I am so honored to be included in this extraordinary group of women. And I am very grateful to Robert, Tina and all of our cast and crew who make my job so pleasant. Go Russia! I mean, go USA!”
Kevin Spacey celebrated with a GIF:
Ryan Murphy is excited about Feud: Bette and Joan, and all the nominations for women’s stories:
“I am beyond honored and grateful for the nominations for FEUD; this was a great year for women’s stories on television and it’s moving and affirming to see Emmy voters recognizing so much good work. It’s a proud day for all of us who worked on this series but an even prouder day for this medium which I love. How lucky are we to be a part of it?”
William H. Macy gave the sweetest shout-out to wife Felicity Huffman:
“The day I read John Wells’ pilot for SHAMELESS I knew I was in for a wild ride, and here we are eight years later and I’m still playing Frank Gallagher, whom I love so much I’d give him my liver. Not only do I get to go to the Emmys to see all my pals, I’ll do it with Felicity Huffman on my arm. Life is sweet.”
Shannon Purser of Stranger Things congratulates everybody:
Jane Fonda will likely be going out for a round of celebratory drinks with her Grace and Frankie co-star Lily Tomlin.
And Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, Westworld co-creators and showrunners, poked a bit of fun at the HBO hit,while standing in awe of the show’s stunning 22 nods:
“Every day working with this incredible cast and crew is a dream (and not one of those dreams where you wake up being operated on by guys in a glass basement). But it’s a special thrill today to see all of the amazing people who worked so hard on this show recognized in such an extraordinary fashion! We’re delighted that the TV Academy has chosen to recognize their work. We’re so grateful to our partners at HBO, Warner Bros, and Bad Robot, and to our amazing team at Kilter Films, for their support in creating this world. We personally could not be more honored to be nominated alongside this incredible group of talented individuals. A heartfelt thanks to the TV Academy and to everyone who worked so hard to make the show a success.”
The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, will air live on CBS from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sept. 17.