“It’s flattering to be nominated,” he said in a statement given to TheWrap, “but I have to throw my vote to Matthew, who I thought delivered the best performance of his life. Which is saying something.”
The two actors were lauded this year for their roles as Detectives Marty Hart and Rust Cohle in HBO’s intense and often surreal police drama — it’s unsurprising both were nominated for “Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series.”
Harrelson has previously been nominated for seven Emmys, winning one for his work on “Cheers” in 1989, but all but one of those were for comedic roles (with the exception being “Game Change” in 2012.)
So what about McConaughey — will he be sending his vote back at Harrelson?
“I am honored to be nominated with such a talented field of actors,” he said in a statement given to TheWrap. “This is a tremendous category filled with some riveting performances. Thank you for this recognition.”
Other actors nominated in the category include Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”), Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”), Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) and Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom”), who took home last year’s award.
The world will find out together whether Harrelson’s campaign to get McConaughey a shiny trophy was effective when NBC broadcasts the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards from the Nokia Theater on Aug. 25.