Last Thursday’s live announcement of the 2017 Emmy nominations had TV enthusiasts at the edge of their seats, ultimately delivering the usual snubs and surprises. Now that we’ve had a full weekend to recover, let’s take a look at how some of the Emmy contenders reacted to their nominations.
Riz Ahmed (The Night Of /Girls)
The British actor, nominated for both Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series (The Night Of) and Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (Girls), celebrated with a little “tbt,” sharing a video of a “previously unseen acting performance” showing off his 6 year-old self’s best Prince Charles impression.
Whaaaat!!? Can't believe I just got nominated for...two Emmy's!!? For The Night Of & Girls!!??! As a Brit, I feel like I have to undercut this with some embarrassment - a previously unseen acting performance, aged 6 doing an impression of Prince Charles at a cousin's birthday...tbh I think my best work ever ???????? THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! ????????????????Thanks to Steve Zaillian & #TheNightOf team & all the people who shared their real prison stories with me to help create Nasir Khan, thank you @lenadunham & @girlshbo team and all surfers everywhere for not pulling me up on my surf technique as Paul-Louis. Feel honoured...
Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies)
Nominated alongside co-star Nicole Kidman for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series (Big Little Lies), Witherspoon shared the love, posting a group shot of all the HBO hit show’s leading ladies, thanking the cast, crew, and fans. Big Little Lies earned a whopping 16 nominations, including actings nods for Witherspoon, Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgård, and Laura Dern.
Laura Dern (Big Little Lies)
This will be the sixth Emmy nomination for Dern, who emerged as a scene-stealer in Big Little Lies. Like Witherspoon, she posted a group picture, further proving that the sisterhood among the HBO cast cannot be shaken. Is #squadgoals still a thing?
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
Spacey needs no introduction. And his Instagram post reacting to his fifth Emmy nomination as Frank Underwood (House of Cards) needs no further comment.
Anthony Hopkins (Westworld)
Star of Westworld, the most-nominated series of the season, Hopkins reacted to his Emmy nomination, the fifth of his career, in the classiest way possible: a simple thank you. Co-stars Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, and Evan Rachel Wood were also nominated.
Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
This will be Ross’ second nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. The actress shared a group picture with her “Black-ish” co-stars, and it’s as goofy as you would expect from one of tv's funniest families.
David Harbour (Stranger Things)
In the style of Riz Ahmed, the Stranger Things star responded to his nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series with a “tbt” (hey, it was Thursday, after all). Harbour threw it back to his kindergarten class’ production of The Wizard of Oz, in which he played the Tin-Man. In a Batman t-shirt. “Legendary work,” indeed.
Hey @televisionacad , so honored and moved by the #emmys2017 nomination for supporting actor in tv drama. I been at it awhile, ya know. Here's me as the tin man (tin man = grey outfit with or without batman logo) in my kindergarten's 'wizard of oz'. Mom still considers it my best performance. Sorry that the voters can't factor this type of legendary work into their consideration...
Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)
Harbour’s co-star, Millie Bobby Brown, shared a picture of her and fellow nominee on the set of Stranger Things, adding that the hit Netflix series “is a show to represent equality, fairness, and outcasts.” And honestly, is anyone else weirded out by how young she looks here? They sure grow up so fast, don't they?
it's only 1:00 pm and A LOT has happened. Stranger things is a show to represent equality, fairness, and outcasts. Im grateful that I am a part of that. I'm extremely excited that the show has been nominated 18 times! A huge congrats to all the other nominees! Chief hopper- you completely deserve this because you are a phenomenal actor and to watch you work is inspiring and educating! To all of the directors, writers and producers, congrats!Wohooooo! Let's win this thing ????
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale)
The Handmaid’s Tale star admitted she was shocked to see the show earn thirteen nominations, and let everyone know acting is “not a solo sport” and would be nothing without the support and hard work of the entire cast and crew. Speaking of sports, she also apparently has a big crush on Anthony Rizzo from the Chicago Cubs. Who knew?
Well I'm in a little bit of shock!! 13 nominations is absolutely insane. I woke up to a gif from my publicist Erica of a shirtless Anthony Rizzo from the Cubs and knew it was good news (because a shirtless Rizzo is always good news) but 13 is blowing my mind! I'm so intensely proud of my cast and crew who put their blood, sweat and tears (literally) into this show. This is not a solo sport and each and every one of them is responsible for helping make something we could be proud of. And a special shout out to my executive producing partners, showrunner Bruce Miller and EP Warren Littlefield. Our triangle of collaboration and trust has been a gift to me and I love you both. Nolite te bastardes Carborundorum bitches. #handmaidstale
Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
"Being nominated means the world. And the world means so much to me." Enough said. #checkthehashtags