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2017 Emmy Nominations: Best Reactions

The talent behind This Is Us, The Handmaid's Tale, Westworld, Feud, Master of None, and more respond to Emmy nominations.

by | July 13, 2017 | Comments

The world of television got rewarded on Thursday for a year’s worth of moving entertainment in 2016-2017 with the 69th Emmy Awards nominations. Nominees took to Twitter to thank the Television Academy and congratulate each other for jobs well done. Here are some of the best, funniest, and emotional reactions to the announcement.


One of TV’s newest obsessions, This Is Us still has fans crying all summer until it returns. Something to be happy about, Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia earned acting nominations, along with the show itself for Outstanding Drama series.

Brown tweeted a touching tribute to his two TV fathers, including fellow Emmy nominee Ventimiglia:


Many of the nominees from Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale are not on Twitter, but official statements are rolling in. Offred herself, Elisabeth Moss said:

“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.”

Alexis Bledel added:

“I’m very grateful to be a part of The Handmaid’s Tale, its amazing company of actors and the incredible group of artists who bring this story to life,” Bledel said. “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.”


American Crime nominee Felicity Huffman’s horse speaks for her husband William H. Macy’s nomination for Shameless too.


Sarah Paulson congratulated her Feud: Bette and Joan producer Ryan Murphy and the whole cast.


New phenom Westworld got 22 nominates. Tessa Thompson did a celebratory dance with Simon Quarterman, although Thompson did most of the heavy lifting.


The Night Of  star Riz Ahmed seemed genuinely surprised to be nominated — and he scored two nominations, including one for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance on Girls.


FX tweeted out multiple tributes to Atlanta star Donald Glover, who was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, as well as for writing and directing on the series.


Master of None started congratulating its nominees too.

Angela Bassett returned the favor.


Stalwart Veep racked up another 17 nominations. Anna Chlumsky tweeted “Woohoo!” to all of her fellow cast mate nominees:

Repeat for writers and directors David Mandel, Dale Stern and Morgan Sackett, and cast members Tony Hale, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and guest star Hugh Laurie.

Hale was appropriately self-deprecating about it too:

And Dreyfus made a topical political jab:


Better Call Saul nominee Bob Odenkirk also gave a shout out to his costars he felt also deserved to share the nominations:


CBS pointed out that their nominations for Stephen Colbert and James Corden mark the first time since 2003 a network had two daily late-night shows nominated in the same category. Corden, appropriately, responded with a GIF:

The Talk Show category is no longer a boy’s club and Full Frontal’s Samantha Bee shared the nomination with her team of #NastyWomen!


Saturday Night Live brought it’s total Emmy nominations up to 231. Leslie Jones earned her first.


blackish’s nominations garnered a big YAS by nominee Tracee Ellis Ross for her whole cast.


Big Little Lies star Reese Witherspoon was a consummate professional about her and her show’s achievement.


Benedict Cumberbatch issued a statement for his latest Sherlock nomination.

“In a year of such great television it’s a privilege to  be nominated and having seen my fellow nominees work just to be in their company is winning enough,” Cumberbatch said. “Couldn’t be happier for me and the show.”


Reality TV nominees kept it real.


Billy Eichner managed to keep screaming in print.


BBC’s Planet Earth II earned more nominations than its predecessor, and BBC issued statements.

From Executive Producer Michael Gunton: “It is such an extraordinary and humbling honor to be recognized in this way by the Television Academy.  What a wonderful surprise to have received this unbelievable and quite frankly, surreal news on a Thursday evening here in the UK. We’re all fiendishly booking flights as we speak!”

From Producer and Director of nominated episode Islands, Elizabeth White: “I’m gobsmacked!!”

From BBC AMERICA President Sarah Barnett: “BBCA is over the moon about Planet Earth II’s ten Emmy nominations. The team of artists behind this extraordinary program – the producers, the technical team, the composers and beyond – are earth shatteringly talented. We want to extend our deepest gratitude to the Television Academy for recognizing this brilliant and substantial show that has captivated audiences around the world and has brought us together in shared love for our planet.”


Stephen Colbert hosts the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17.

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