Quite a few TV actors were likely surprised early Thursday when they heard about their Emmy nomination, but none more visibly than Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy.
"Yikes," said McCarthy, 40, who was announcing the nominees live when her own name came up. "Ok. Keep it together! Wow!"
Visibly touched by her first Emmy nod, the "Mike & Molly" leading lady accepted congratulations from co-announcer Joshua Jackson, then pushed on with the task at hand. The nomination just adds to McCarthy’s stellar year. The actress, who has labored for years in bit parts, helped make the CBS sitcom a hit and steal scenes in the hit movie "Bridesmaids."
Perennial nominees including "Mad Men," "30 Rock" and "Modern Family" made the lists, but five of the 12 nominated comedy and drama series are first-time nominees, including HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire.”
McCarthy was in good company amongst the first-time nominees in acting categories, including Martha Plimpton for “Raising Hope,” Mireille Enos in the AMC crime drama “The Killing” and Timothy Olyphant in the modern Western drama “Justified” on FX.
Joining Olyphant was his co-star, Walton Goggins, recognized for his supporting work in the FX hit. Goggins was overlooked for years by Emmy voters when he played crooked cop Shane Vendrell in “The Shield.”
Reached via email Thursday, he wrote: “At a time in television where such extraordinary performances are being given, I’m just grateful to be included—humbled and grateful.”
Two more “Justified” actors earned nominations: Margo Martindale (supporting actress) and Jeremy Davies (guest star).
Enos was joined by her “The Killing” co-star, Michelle Forbes, who plays a grief-wracked mother.
"At this stage in my life I’ve learned to not have very many expectations when it comes to this industry,” Forbes, 46, said of her first Emmy nod, Reuters reported.
Now it's time to simultaneously applaud favorites and gripe about those I feel were snubbed.
I'll start with what the Emmy voters did right, which was recognize several actors in FX's fantastic modern Western "Justified." Olyphant, Goggins, Martindale and Davies all earned nods in various categories (see below).
Those same Emmy voters, however, neglected to nominate "Justified" in the series, which upped the ante in its sophomore season and earned a Peabody Award.
HBO's fantasy drama hit "Game of Thrones" scored 13 nominations, including best drama and a supporting actor nod for Peter Dinklage.
Emmy may have recognized the fantasy genre, but continued its bias against sci-fi: Fox's "Fringe" and its actors were once again ignored.
Plimpton breaks through to score a best comedy actress nomination for Fox's "Raising Hope."
Courteney Cox is left to down a bottle of wine by herself after she's overlooked for "Cougar Town."
"Friday Night Lights" and its man actors, Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, the Coach and his Mrs., all were nominated, a lovely gesture for the series' final season.
"Friday Night Lights" should have a shelf-full of Emmys; it has been one of the most consistent, best shows on TV. (Yeah, I know, sour grapes jeer here. I should just be happy the show was nominated this year. But allow me this one last dig, OK?)
Fox will broadcast the Emmys on Sept. 18. “Glee” star and nominee Jane Lynch will host. What do you think of the nominations? (Downloadable full list here.) Leave your comment below.
"Friday Night Lights"
"Game of Thrones"
"The Good Wife"
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights"
Hugh Laurie, "House"
Timothy Olyphant, "Justified"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Connie Britton, "Friday Night Lights"
Mireille Enos, "The Killing"
Kathy Bates, "Harry's Law"
Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"
Josh Charles, "The Good Wife"
Alan Cumming, "The Good Wife"
Walton Goggins, "Justified"
John Slattery, "Mad Men"
Andre Braugher, "Men of a Certain Age"
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Kelly Macdonald, "Boardwalk Empire"
Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife"
Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife"
Margo Martindale, "Justified"
Michelle Forbes, "The Killing"
Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"
"The Big Bang Theory"
"Parks and Recreation"
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Laura Linney, "The Big C"
Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly"
Martha Plimpton, "Raising Hope"
Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Louis C.K., "Louie"
Steve Carell, "The Office"
Johnny Galecki, "The Big Bang Theory"
Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes"
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Chris Colfer, "Glee"
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family"
Ed O'Neill, "Modern Family"
Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"
Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"
Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men"
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Jane Lynch, "Glee"
Betty White, "Hot In Cleveland"
Julie Bowen, "Modern Family"
Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"
Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live"
Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock"
OUTSTANDING MINISERIES OR MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE
"Downton Abbey" (Masterpiece)
"The Pillars Of The Earth"
"Too Big To Fail"
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE
Idris Elba, "Luther"
Laurence Fishburne, "Thurgood"
William Hurt, "Too Big To Fail"
Greg Kinnear, "The Kennedys"
Barry Pepper, "The Kennedys"
Edgar Ramirez, "Carlos"
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE
Taraji P. Henson, "Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story"
Diane Lane, "Cinema Verite"
Jean Marsh, "Upstairs, Downstairs" (Masterpiece)
Elizabeth McGovern, "Downton Abbey" (Masterpiece)
Kate Winslet, "Mildred Pierce"
OUTSTANDING REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM
"The Amazing Race"
"Dancing With The Stars"
"So You Think You Can Dance"
OUTSTANDING HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM
Tom Bergeron, "Dancing With The Stars"
Cat Deeley, "So You Think You Can Dance"
Phil Keoghan, "The Amazing Race"
Jeff Probst, "Survivor"
Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol"
OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES
"The Colbert Report"
"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart"
"Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"
"Real Time With Bill Maher"
"Saturday Night Live"