Stars react to Emmys

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey feels “honored” after being nominated for an Emmy Award.

Those in the running for the prestigious prizes were announced today, with Matthew picking up a best drama series actor nod for his role in True Blood. Also in the running are Bryan Cranston for his role in Breaking Bad, Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom, Woody Harrelson and also for True Detective, Kevin Spacey for House of Cards and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.

“I am honored to be nominated with such a talented field of actors,” the actor told ABC News.

“This is a tremendous category filled with some riveting performances. Thank you for this recognition.”

Scandal star Kerry Washington earned a best drama actress nod, and was just as excited as Matthew.

“I’m so honored to be nominated. And so thrilled for Joe Morton and Kate Burton [co-stars and fellow nominees]! I’m crazy grateful that the TV Academy has acknowledged our show in these ways,” she said.

Paving the way for the other shows is Game of Thrones with a grand total of 19 nods including best drama series.

Orange Is the New Black, running for best comedy series, is another prime contender with a sum of 12 nominations,

Taylor Schilling, who plays Piper Chapman in the hit show, told USA today about the excitement on the set of season three.

“There was a lot of screaming and jumping. Hugging. Shrieking,” laughed the 29-year-old.

“The show is really relevant right now and we’re telling stories that are important culturally. I’m so proud of the work that everyone’s doing.”

Taylor is one of those shortlisted for best actress in a comedy series and will be competing with the likes of Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) and Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly).

Prior to the announcement of the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, Taylor admits she was a little nervous.

“I put my phone on airplane mode because I didn’t know what was going to happen. I was scared. I took it off and I saw a lot of texts and I still didn’t check them. Then I called my publicist,” she explained.

“[My first nomination is] a dream come true. There’s this part of me that’s like, wow I’m really doing it, this is real now. It’s just so nice to be acknowledged.”

Laverne Cox, is “on cloud nine” following her nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for the Netflix show. Laverne is the awards’ first openly transgender nominee and could not be happier.

“I’m on cloud nine. I’m through the roof,” Laverne told The Hollywood Reporter.

“What a wonderful, wonderful day for Orange and for black trans-women…Would you ever have thought a show about a women’s prison would have this moment? It’s unbelievable!”

Josh Charles was in bed ill and completely unaware of his nomination for his role in The Good Wife until he received a congratulatory email..

“[The nomination is] nothing super, fancy or exciting, sorry,” The Good Wife actor joked to Entertainment Weekly.

“I’m really excited about it even if my voice doesn’t sound normal.”

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