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Downton Abbey actor Jim Carter 'thrilled' by Emmy nomination

Downton Abbey star Jim Carter has said he is "thrilled and delighted" with his Emmy nomination.

The 66-year-old actor, who plays butler Mr Carson in Lord Julian Fellowes's ITV period drama, received a nod for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in the 2015 Emmy nominations.

He said: "Naturally I'm thrilled and delighted to be nominated again alongside Joanne Froggatt and that our eight nominations are a recognition of the wonderful work the whole team have put in to making the show."

Downton Abbey received eight nominations in this year's awards, including Best Drama Series and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Joanne Froggatt.

The show's producer Gareth Neame said: "We're very proud of the most recent season of Downton Abbey and are so appreciative that the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has chosen to honour the Downton team in this way.

"On behalf of all those who bring to life the saga of the Crawley family and those who serve them, thank you for recognising our show for a fifth consecutive season."

Funnyman Ricky Gervais, who was nominated for Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie in Derek, immediately shared a photo of himself in a congratulatory mood, with a glass of alcohol.

"O.M.F*****g.G! I just got nominated for another EMMY! Over the moon. No to Fox Hunting and Yes to Emmy nomination. My bestest week ever! #Derek," he wrote.

The 54-year-old star of The Office also said: "It will be an honour to lose to someone other than Jim Parsons for a change."

Game Of Thrones is the frontrunner of the awards, receiving a whopping 24 nods, although there were also strong showings from TV favourites such as American Horror Story, House Of Cards and Mad Men.

BBC Two political spy thriller The Honourable Woman, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, received four nominations, including Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for the actress, Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding Writing and Directing for Hugo Blick.

Blick, who also wrote and produced The Shadow Line and Sensitive Skin for the BBC, said: "Will definitely be putting two lumps of sugar in my cocoa this evening."

Executive producer Greg Brenman added: "We could not be more thrilled and honoured that The Honourable Woman has been so broadly recognised by the 2015 Emmy Awards. I'm absolutely delighted that Hugo Blick's writing and his direction have been nominated - a resounding testament to his vision and to the enormous accomplishment of this series."

Scotland-born actor Alan Cumming, who received a nod for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role in The Good Wife, shared a photo of himself on a hammock with his dog, writing: "Where I was when I got the call about being nominated for an Emmy this morning!"

BBC One's The Missing, which stars James Nesbitt and Frances O'Connor as the parents of a missing boy, received two nominations for director Tom Shankland and score composer Dominik Scherrer.

Shankland said: "What an unbelievably thrilling moment! To be nominated for such a prestigious award in the company of such fantastic directors is amazing.

"It's also very special for The Missing to get this kind of recognition in America as I've been such a fan of so many incredible TV shows from the US in recent years. It makes it doubly exciting to be in the mix with some of my favourite shows! The only thing to do now is go to the pub ..."

The show's executive producer Willow Grylls added: "Tom broke new ground in directing all eight episodes of The Missing over two time frames - an incredible feat that brought the best out of our brilliant cast. His visual flair was underpinned by a score from Dominik that created real tension and foreboding - it's a series that broke new ground and of which we are all incredibly proud."

Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, who was nominated in the Best Comedy Actress category for her work on the HBO series Veep, joked she does not have time to watch television in a statement as her character, President Selina Meyer.

"As President, my staff and I are too busy doing the people's business to watch television," she said. "Nonetheless, we are thrilled to be a part of this celebration of creativity. (Go Jon Hamm!)"

Veep, created by Armando Iannucci, snagged nine nominations while the seventh series of Mad Men received 11 nominations for its final season.

As soon as the Emmy nominations were announced, a love-fest erupted on Twitter between first-time nominees Amy Schumer and Tatiana Maslany.

Trainwreck actress Schumer, who has been nominated for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Inside Amy Schumer, started it by tweeting the Orphan Black actress: " @tatianamaslany ahhhhhhh!!! #notsnubbed"

Maslany, who is up for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on Orphan Black, soon responded by tweeting: "YOU!!! YOU CONGRATULATIONS! I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! You're my favourite one :)."

Other stars such as The Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik, Mom star Allison Janney, Modern Family's Julie Bowen and Viola Davis also tweeted their reactions.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg will host the 2015 Emmys, now in its 67th year, which will air live on September 20 from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.


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