10 Standard Types of Reactions From Award Show Nominees

Tina Fey got nominated this year! (Or at least we assume -- we haven't checked yet)
Tina Fey got nominated this year! (Or at least we assume -- we haven't checked yet)

Guess what? HBO dominated the Emmys again.

Another way the Emmys are predictable: the nominees' reactions.

Or at least how they convey their reactions. We don't really know people's real reactions — we know what they tell journalists about how they reacted. Maybe Steve Carell got the phone call from his agent this morning, said, "Oh," and then returned to his coffee and muffin. I don't really know if Steve Carell is nominated. I haven't seen the nominees yet. I'm just assuming. Or, more likely, Carell went, "Oh crap, the journalists are going to start calling." Tina Fey probably did that too. I don't know if she's a nominee either. But I'd probably bet about two months' salary on it.

With that, here are ten standard ways in which people convey to journalists how they reacted after being nominated for Emmys — or any awards show, for that matter:

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10. The boring party line:

From the Hollywood Reporter: Josh Charles, nominated for supporting actor for The Good Wife: "It feels really flattering. I'm touched by it...I can't decide if the actual process of being nominated means as much to me as today or the outpouring of emails and texts from my fellow actor friends who have reached out and sent their regards. I'm feeling good."

9. The charming "when the phone call came" story that conveys a "stars are just like us"-style slice of life

From the AP: Matt LeBlanc, nominated for lead actor in a comedy series for Episodes: "My mother's in town. The phone started ringing at 5:30, and she came upstairs in her pajamas. She thought it was like an earthquake or something." —

10 Standard Types of Reactions From Award Show Nominees

8. The embarrassment about being chosen instead of your co-stars

From the Hollywood Reporter: Betty White, on being nominated for Hot in Cleveland: "I'm the representative of three other wonderful gals on Hot in Cleveland. We're like The Golden Girls; I think the only reason they chose me is because they could spell my name."

10 Standard Types of Reactions From Award Show Nominees

7. The strained attempt at an explanation

From the AP: Bruce Dern, nominated for his guest-starring role in Big Love: "I'm a really deep sports-orientated person, so to me it's always been about scoreboard, and I scored a lot of runs late in the game to get a nomination."

6. The "but what will I wear?" neuroses

From the Hollywood Reporter: Jim Parsons, nominated for lead actor in a comedy series for The Big Bang Theory: "The only thing that crossed my mind is that I have to find a tux. I immediately went to the one anxiety point that I could as a person who doesn't like clothes shopping."


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