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“I am so thrilled. How lucky can an old broad be?” she said by phone a few minutes after her agent woke her. “I wasn’t even thinking about the nominations because I didn’t even think there was a chance.”
There were fresh faces as well, including best drama actress nominee Mireille Enos of “The Killing” and best drama actor Timothy Olyphant of “Justified.”
Kyra Sedgwick of “The Closer,” last year’s best drama actress winner, found herself closed out of the category this year.
“Glee” stars Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison failed to repeat their acting nods, but Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch got second consecutive nominations and there was Emmy love to spare for “Glee” guest actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Kristin Chenoweth and Dot-Marie Jones.
Chenoweth was fast asleep when her manager called with the news and didn’t want to predict her chances of winning: “I’m sure people will be speculating, but honestly, I have zero idea. I consider the nomination the win and an excuse to put on a cute dress.”
Lynch, who was a winner last year for her role as an obsessive cheerleading coach, is hosting this year’s Emmy ceremony. The awards air Sept. 18 on Fox.
Ed O’Neill, who was snubbed last year for “Modern Family,” this year received a supporting actor bid for his role as the family chief. His co-star, Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cameron, was nominated as a supporting actor and tweeted that he was in Belgium and so his reaction would be in Flemish: “wauw!” the message began.
Conan O’Brien’s switch to TBS after a bitter departure from NBC didn’t hurt him in the nominations: “Conan” earned a bid for best variety, music or comedy series and will compete with, among others, perennial winner “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.” A writing nomination also went to “Conan.”
NBC’s late-night pick, Jay Leno, was snubbed in the categories, as was CBS’ David Letterman.
“Sarah Palin’s Alaska” was submitted by TLC in four categories, including best reality series and cinematography, and was blanked. Shows that made the reality series cut include “Hoarders” and “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List.”
Two Oscar winners, Winslet and Melissa Leo, have a chance to score an Emmy for “Mildred Pierce.” Leo, who also appears in the New Orleans drama “Treme,” received a supporting actress bid for the miniseries.
Emmy voters have a chance to flaunt their risk-taking side with “Game of Thrones,” given the usual resistance to rewarding genre shows such as fantasy or science fiction.
The series based on the George R.R. Martin novels scored a best drama nod but only a single acting bid, for Peter Dinklage in a supporting role.
Other best drama contenders besides “Game” and “Mad Men” are “Boardwalk Empire,” “Dexter,” “Friday Night Lights” and “The Good Wife.”
“Modern Family” is competing with “The Big Bang Theory,” “Glee,” “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation” and “30 Rock” for the best comedy crown.
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