From Alec Baldwin to Betty White, Emmy nominees give thanks

Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:48pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on Thursday announced nominations for the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards, with "Mad Men," "American Horror Story," "Downton Abbey" and "Modern Family" among the top nominees.

Following are expressions of gratitude from nominees, all received by Reuters in statements via email, except as noted below:

- "As the show enters its last season, I'm gratified to be nominated again by the Academy." - Alec Baldwin, outstanding lead actor in a comedy series, "30 Rock."

- "There are so many amazing performances this year by actors I really admire, that it means a lot to me to being included among them." - Steve Buscemi, outstanding lead actor in a drama series, "Boardwalk Empire."

- "I am thrilled to be recognized by the Academy and to share this category with such exciting and accomplished actresses. Damages has been the ride of a lifetime and I am honored to represent every single one of our extraordinary team. I would not be here without them, especially, KZK, our brilliant writers and my exquisite co-star, Rose Byrne. And I thank our wonderfully loyal and engaged audience who have never wavered in their love and support of our show." - Glenn Close, outstanding lead actress in a drama series, "Damages."

- "This is such a special day for me and my cast! I'm so grateful to be recognized and especially happy to share this excitement with my "Modern Family." - Sofia Vergara, outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series, "Modern Family."

- "This is an incredible feeling, it is wonderful! To be nominated in this category and be in the company of these amazing women is a real honor and I am truly grateful to the Emmy voters for putting me in there!" - Michelle Dockery, outstanding lead actress in a drama series, "Downton Abbey."

- "To be part of a show like 'Downton Abbey' is thrilling enough, that it has been embraced by American audiences to the extent it has and for the show to have received 16 nominations from the Emmy voters this year is astonishing. I can hardly believe that I've been nominated alongside five legends of contemporary television drama - Steve, Bryan, Michael, Damian and Jon. I'm truly honored." - Hugh Bonneville, outstanding lead actor in a drama series, "Downton Abbey."

- "I want to thank the academy for honoring 'American Horror Story' for all the incredible nominations. It's been wonderful to work on a show with such talented actors and the fabulous creative team of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and all the brilliant writers who make Constance such an interesting character to play." - Jessica Lange, outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie, "American Horror Story."   Continued...

Alec Baldwin (L) and Hilaria Thomas (R) arrive on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Moonrise Kingdom", by director Wes Anderson, in competition at the 65th Cannes Film Festival May 16, 2012. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler