2019 Emmy Nomination Reactions: ‘Honored,’ ‘Humbled’ and ‘Speechless,’ With a Side of ‘Holy Crap!!!”

TheWrap presents its annual breakdown of Emmy nomination reactions

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The morning of Emmy nominations is upon us — and so the time has come to watch and listen as the chosen few revel in their moment of glory.

Once you’ve digested our full list of 2019 nominees, sit back and let Hollywood’s television darlings whisper sweet nothings like “What an incredible honor,” “Speechless,” and “Holy crap!!!” in this brief, shining moment between now at September when anything is possible.

The reactions are still pouring in, but so far, the majority of this year’s chosen few are “humbled,” “honored,” “humbled and honored” and also “honored and humbled.”

Christina Applegate, nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, for Netflix’s “Dead to Me,” tweeted out a reaction Tuesday morning detailing that she is “shocked” and “grateful,” plus a heartfelt “Holy crap!!!”

Don Cheadle, nominated for Showtime’s “Black Monday,” declared that he would “roast marshmallows on those golden wings if I bring it home.”

Norman Lear, who received three nominations for “Live In Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All In The Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’,” said, “Life is a collaboration. It’s the kick of kicks to know all those I collaborated with in the 70’s could matter so much now.”

Billy Porter, nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in FX’s “Pose,” declared that “The Category Is: Speechless!,” and added “grateful,” “honored” and “humbled” to his list of adjectives to describe his feelings in that moment.

Betty Gilpin of “Glow” likened her feelings to “unbridled Shirley-Temple-on-crack joy,” while Hugh Grant of “A Very English Scandal” thanked his wife “for enduring the hair-do for four months.”

Alan Arkin of “The Kominsky Method” quipped, “”Wow, I am 85 years old, so this comes in just the nick of time.”

The cast of ‘Queer Eye’ (Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, Tan France) declared ‘GROUP HUGGIES!” lol’
Jessica Lange of “American Horror Story” was “thrilled” at her nomination, while Kumail Nanjiani upped the anti to say that he “could not be more thrilled” at his nomination for “The Twilight Zone,” and declare his plans to send Jordan Peele a box of chocolates.

Sacha Baron Cohen thanked the Academy, but expressed his regret that some of his… “co-stars” had not been nominated alongside him for “Who Is America?”

“While I am flattered at these nods, it is a shame that my co-stars were not recognized. Particularly Dick Cheney, who I had hoped would come across on camera as someone who’d gleefully sent hundreds of thousands to their pointless death – and boy did he deliver. I’ve played some lunatics in my time, but the look of vacuous evil in his eyes as he autographed a waterboard kit, would put Daniel Day Lewis to shame,” Baron-Cohen said, adding, “There’s one more person I need to thank even though she didn’t appear in the final project, Sarah Palin. Sarah, if you are out there, and you are WAY out there, please know the last time unseen footage generated as much interest, was when Donald Trump visited a Moscow hotel room.”

Lastly, “When They See Us” director Ava DuVernay tweeted her reaction to the series being nominated for Outstanding Limited Series.

“It all started here. Thank you to the real men for inviting me to tell their story. Thank you [Television Academy] for honoring the work. Saluting every single crew and cast member. And saluting Raymond, Korey, Antron, Yusef and Kevin. Love you, brothers.”