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Emmy contenders: The nominees speak their minds

Sue Sylvester 
With all the excitement over their Emmy nods, the nominees have a lot to think about these days. But more important than what they will wear or who they will thank at the Sept. 18 ceremony were far more pressing questions such as, “Is Jane Lynch going to tease me?” The Envelope had a chance to run this and other thoughts past some of the Emmy contenders; here's what they're thinking:

As Sue Sylvester on “Glee,” Jane Lynch can be downright mean. With her as host, are you nervous that she’ll poke jabs at you during her monologue? And what would she tease you about?

“Who could be the meaner person.”
— Margo Martindale, “Justified”

“She probably could talk about my [character’s] terrible wardrobe. Or the fact that I never smile.”
— Mireille Enos, “The Killing”

 “I love her, I think she’s going to be incredible. But we should all be a little worried.”
— Connie Britton, “Friday Night Lights”

“Bring it! It’s all in good fun.”
— Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”

Betty white “Oh, she’s a great gal; she’s fun. I’m not afraid of her. I’m a big fan.”
— Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland”

"I’ve known her for a long time. She’s certainly a searing character. She’s always been very sweet to me in person, so I’m hoping she might give me a 'get out of jail' card [otherwise] I’ll just have to roll with the punches."
-- Johnny Galecki, "The Big Bang Theory"

“If she brings me up in her monologue, I’ve got reason to be nervous. But she’s very funny. I hope I can be recognized by her. That would be an honor.”
— Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights”

“I’ve worked with Jane. She’s a great broad and hilarious. She can do anything she wants. She can sit on my lap. Or maybe I can sit on hers.”
— Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

“I’d be so happy to get a hard time from Jane Lynch. She could say anything and I’d laugh. I adore her!
I’m sooo excited. I’m such a huge fan!”
— Evan Rachel Wood, “Mildred Pierce”

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Emmys: For Idris Elba, once is not enough

Idris Elba

Once is not enough for Idris Elba. The actor received two Emmy nominations Thursday morning, one in  the lead actor in a miniseries or movie category for his role in "Luther" as a brilliant but troubled homicide detective, and another in the guest actor in a comedy category for his role as Laura Linney’s lover on Showtime's "The Big C."

This was quite a day for you.

It’s incredible. You wait for one bus and two come along. They’re both great surprises, but I really did forget about the one for “The Big C.” I didn’t know they had nominations for guest actors. I only did four episodes. I’m typically known as a dramatic actor, so I’m really surprised.

What does this mean for you?

I believe this is all about acknowledging hard work. We have a saying in our production company that it’s a 24-hour business. I really believe if you work hard enough, you will succeed. And right now, there seems to be a lot of good will for my career.

If you don't win in both categories, which do you prefer?

If I had my preference, I would like to win for “Luther” because of the group effort behind that show. I would love for the "Luther" team to  win.


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-- Greg Braxton

Photo: Idris Elba, who picked up two Emmy nominations on Thursday. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times


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