Emmys 2016: Bob Odenkirk ‘Blown Away,’ Idris Elba ‘Floored’ By Nominations, More Official Reactions

Ryan Murphy says "The People V. OJ Simpson" has been a "career highlight" while Ellie Kemper says she "already won" with a free trip to L.A.
- Better Call Saul _ Season 2, Episode 7 - Photo Credit: Ursula Coyote/ Sony Pictures Television/ AMC
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While Twitter has been blowing up with crazy reactions from the Emmy nominees, many of the actors and filmmakers are also sitting back and reflecting on the achievements of their show and everyone involved. In official statements following the announcement, actors including Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Idris Elba (“Luther”) and Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), as well as behind-the-camera stars including director Susanne Bier (“The Night Manager”), director Ryan Murphy (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) and Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos all offered some warm thanks to their peers and the people they work with.

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Idris Elba, “Luther”: “I am floored that I’ve been nominated but I am even more excited that “Luther” has been nominated as well. The success of “Luther” is so much due to the fans and I hope they are as proud of this nomination as we are. OH BOY! What a category!”

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”: “Wow! I am blown away! I am surrounded by excellence on “Better Call Saul” and to be picked out of that line-up is a crazy honor. This unique show, with no genre behind it – just honest character exploration, surprises me over and over. The fact that TV fans and critics are welcoming this unpredictable journey – it’s simply inspiring. Thank you.”

Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”: “I couldn’t be more honored to receive this nomination. To be included among of list of actors whose work I’ve admired for years is truly humbling. I’m so grateful for the brilliant Sam Esmail who brought Elliot to life and has allowed me to play a role one could only dream of. Thank you to the cast, crew, USA Network and Universal Cable Productions. And, of course, to the Academy.”

Sam Esmail, “Mr. Robot”: “The entire team at ‘Mr. Robot’ is thrilled with our nominations this morning. Today is officially shoot day 80 for Season 2 and we couldn’t be happier to hear the news from set. We are humbled and honored to be in the company of such innovative, groundbreaking storytelling.”

Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”: “I am so lucky to be able to work with the most brilliant cast and crew in television, and I am honored to be included in this group of exceptional women. I am in debt not only to the Television Academy, Netflix, and Universal, but also to Tina Fey and Robert Carlock for creating this show in the first place. And by the way, with this nomination, I’ve already won….a complimentary round-trip flight to Los Angeles, plus accommodations!”

Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”: “I was sitting at my piano working on a new musical the moment I heard the news. In that moment, surrounded by so much love, I felt truly humbled to be a part of such an amazing show. Thank you to the Academy, and thank you to the wonderful family and team that is Ellie, Jane, Carol, Robert, and Tina.”

Michael Kelly, “House of Cards: “The first time, I was shocked. Second time? Just completely floored. I am so honored and grateful to be included in this group of amazing, insanely talented people. Huge congratulations to Kevin, Robin, Beau, Mahershala, Paul, Reg E., Ellen Molly, and everyone involved with the show – it’s so special to be sharing this with you all. What a thrill!”

Lili Taylor, “American Crime”: “I am over the moon to hear about the nomination this morning and to be included in such a  great list of nominees this year. I’m also thrilled that the show got nominated in its category as well.  This has been one of the most positive work experiences in my life and I’m just happy to be a working actor and grateful for the opportunity that John Ridley entrusted to me once again this year.”

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Kerry Washington, “Confirmation: “I’m awed by the journey we have been on with “Confirmation.” I’m deeply grateful to the academy for acknowledging this film that so many people poured their hearts and souls into. As both an actress and producer, I could not possibly be more proud or humbled.”

Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer: “Television has never been better or more diverse and we congratulate our creative partners on their 54 Emmy nominations across 17 comedies, dramas, documentaries, films and standup comedy specials. We are so proud of the breadth and quality of Netflix Originals,”

Ryan Murphy, Executive Producer and Director of “The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”: “Working on “The People V. O.J. Simpson” has been a career highlight and its own reward, but I am especially moved by the recognition for everyone who devoted their hearts and souls to this project—from our brilliant cast to our amazing writers and directors to the extraordinary producers. We are all incredibly grateful. It’s a happy day.”

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Susanne Bier, Producer and Director of “The Night Manager”: “I’m beyond thrilled to be nominated this year. Working on this project, directing all six episodes was a tremendous task. But it was also thrilling and extremely exciting, and it’s so rewarding that the hard effort has generated this wonderful reception. I’m so delighted and honored that the Academy took time out to watch the entire series. This was a fantastic cast and crew, and I’m profoundly happy to see that so many of them got nominated as well. Congratulations and gratitude goes whole hearted out to them.”

Rob Huebel, “Children’s Hospital”: “I am especially honored to be in a category with so many great actors. Except of course my arch-nemesis Rob Corddry. Never Corddry!!!”

Rob Corddry, “Children’s Hospital”: “I loved doing ‘Childrens Hospital’ and I am most excited that Rob Huebel, and Erinn Hayes were recognized for their talents. It’s been a fun ride and I am grateful for the recognition.”

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Paul Leonard-Morgan, Composer of “Limitless: “This is fucking amazing. It was such a blast to get to create a new sound palette for the TV series. It’s very rare to get a chance to compose such a schizophrenic score – from hardcore electronica to full on orchestra every week. It was just such a crazy, fun creative process.”

Tom Colicchio, “Top Chef: “Thrilled to be nominated again for the 13th time! It’s been a great run and is a testament to how much the show is loved by our peers.”

Matt Senreich, “Robot Chicken”: “I’m still stunned that Seth (Green) and I get to play with toys and be honored for it. It’s an amazing world that we live in. I feel like Tom Hanks in “Big” on a daily basis!”

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