July 14th, 2011
01:19 PM ET
The 63rd Primetime Emmy nominations definitely acknowledged many familiar faces on Thursday, but quite a few first timers were also included.
Like “Desperate Housewives” actress Brenda Strong, this was “The Killing” star Mireille Enos’ first time getting an Emmy nod.
“I was sitting in a café in London with my husband and baby daughter when my phone rang with the news!” Enos revealed of how she learned she’s up for an outstanding actress in a drama series Emmy. “I feel so incredibly lucky and honored to be nominated, and so grateful to be part of the family that is ‘The Killing.’ This group, led by the amazing Veena Sud and visionary director Patty Jenkins, is the most incredible ensemble I have ever worked with."
"Dexter" actress Julia Stiles is another primetime Emmy first timer, receiving a nomination in the outstanding guest actress in a drama series category. "It's such an honor to be nominated. What a nice surprise," she said in a statement. "This was my first experience working in television and I am so proud to have been a part of 'Dexter' and to be in such good company with my fellow nominees."
For Idris Elba, the Emmy nods came in multiples. The actor is up for an outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie Emmy for his work in “Luther,” as well as an outstanding guest actor in a comedy award for “The Big C.”
“This has been such an amazing morning for me! I am extremely honored to be nominated in two categories,” Elba said in a statement. “’Luther’ has been such a passion project for me and working on ‘The Big C’ was a great time. Also, my daughter told me I am going to be as famous as the guy from ‘Twilight.’”
Meanwhile, HBO’s “Mildred Pierce” also racked up nominations Thursday, including nods for stars Evan Rachel Wood, Guy Pearce, Brian F. O'Byrne and Kate Winslet.
"I am completely beside myself with joy that Mildred Pierce has received such tremendous acknowledgment!!!!” Winslet, who is nominated for an outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie Emmy, said in a statement. “I am incredibly proud to be a part of this great production. And especially thrilled for Todd Haynes today. All these nominations are thanks to his remarkable direction and generosity."
Cult favorite show “Friday Night Lights," which will continue to air in repeats on ESPN Classic, also got plenty of love at the Emmy nominations, receiving four nods including one for outstanding drama series. In a statement, executive producer Jason Katims could barely contain his elation.
"What a complete shock and surprise. I am beyond thrilled and excited for the Emmy nominations that 'Friday Night Lights' has received. It's like an episode of the show - a hail mary pass in the last seconds of the game,” he said. “What a great moment to share with the crew, cast, writers, directors, producers, NBC, DirecTV - all who have contributed in a seminal way to this show that I'm so proud of. Additionally, I am so proud of Connie and Kyle for their much deserved recognition. Individually, they have given extraordinary nuanced performances and together have created one of the sweetest and poignant depictions of marriage on television."
The stars of "Modern Family" pulled off a feat, with all six adult actors being up for Emmys this year.
"I can't believe that all 6 of us have been nominated," "Modern Family" actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson said in a statement. "I am thrilled for my fellow cast mates and am truly humbled by the nomination. I'm particularly excited for [my co-star] Ed O'Neil who has received a much over due nod."
It's also a great day for late night host Conan O'Brien, whose show "Conan" has received four Emmy nominations, including one in the outstanding variety, music or comedy series category.
"Thanks to everyone who made our multiple Emmy nominations possible," O'Brien tweeted. "If this doesn't end the budget bickering in Washington, nothing will."
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