Plus: Selena Gomez relishes first nod, Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris plans to "scribble" his name backstage

By Brian Orloff
July 16, 2009 02:05 PM
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Chandra Wilson thought she was just going to be announcing Thursday’s Emmy nominations. Turns out the Grey’s Anatomy star was a surprise double honoree.

“We did the [nomination announcement] rehearsal ahead of time [and] went down the teleprompter three times,” Wilson told PEOPLE after receiving and announcing the news alongside fellow nominee, The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons. Said Wilson: “My name wasn t there, so I was like, ‘Cool.’ ”

“I’d been completely duped,” Wilson, who was nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a drama for Grey’s Anatomy and outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie for Accidental Friendship, said. “I think they [announced] Accidental Friendship first, if I’m not mistaken. I was so honored for that because I loved everything about making that film.”

This marks Wilson’s fourth nomination for Grey‘s – and another year she’ll face off in her category against costar Sandra Oh.

“Last year Sandra and I just sat next to each other at the ceremony holding hands [and] just supporting each other,” she said. “Actually, I think this will probably be our most nerve-wracking year ever because it s continued. If you get nominated the first time and you win, then it s over with. But when you keep coming back, it kinda messes with your stomach a little bit.”

Here are reactions from other nominees:

Selena Gomez: “[It’s] first thing we ve ever been nominated for,” the teen star tells PEOPLE of her show, The Wizards of Waverly Place‘s outstanding children’s program nomination. “We all came to rehearsals today and we were all gathered in the craft service room and we were all congratulating each other. I was looking around the room and all the people I ve worked with since I started on the show at age 14 and now I m 17. We ve all gone through this together and we were all so happy.”

Neil Patrick Harris: Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy for How I Met Your Mother (and also the award show’s host): “Being asked to host the show – terrific. Getting a third nomination – fantastic. Having the ability to scribble my name in the envelope backstage when no one is looking – priceless.”

Seth Green: Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II best animated program and voiceover: [The first person to offer congratulations was] my wife, Matthew Senreich. My television wife, Matthew Senreich,” jokes Green of his Robot Chicken co-creator and executive producer. “He said, ‘Oh my gosh!’ My mom called me while I was on the phone with the Hollywood Reporter, so I let it go to voicemail.”

Kathy Griffin: “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 GI’s.”

Amy Poehler: Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy for Saturday Night Live: “I am super pumped for some high octane heart thumping hardcore Emmy action!”

Rainn Wilson: Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy for The Office:” 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.”

Kristin Chenoweth, Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy for Pushing Daisies: “I m getting a venti coffee and an apple fritter at Starbucks and I m eating the entire thing. And then I ll be wearing a mumu to the Emmys!”

Jim Parsons: Outstanding actor in a comedy series for The Big Bang Theory: “The only thing I knew was that I would be here and I would [announce the nominees]. I didn t know who any of the nominees were. I certainly didn t know about my own personal fate in this. Immediately when we were done I felt like, ‘Did that really just happen?’ ”

Jane Krakowski: Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy for 30 Rock: “This is icing on such a great cake already. I m going to the theater with my parents tonight so we ll come to my apartment and have a little champagne. It s great that I ll be able to celebrate with them.”

Bryan Cranston: Outstanding actor in a drama for Breaking Bad: “It’s like being crowned homecoming king, except you don’t have the pimples anymore.”

Jack McBrayer: Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy for 30 Rock: “I’m in shock and going through motions. I turned on my cell phone and the first call I got [was] from Amy Adams of all people.”

Jimmy Smits: Outstanding guest actor in a drama series for Dexter: “I just got back from New York last night and I woke up early and my car isn’t working. So do I celebrate or call a tow truck?”

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