2013 Emmy Nomination Quotes and Reactions

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Guest Actress – Comedy
Melissa Leo, Louie
After some 30 years of TV guest roles — including that actors’ rite of passage Law & Order —the Oscar winner says she is just as happy about her nomination as she ever was about winning an Academy Award. “I started working in television before the film world,” she says. “I have a biding love for television. Not only is so much of it available freely to the public, but the available audience is wider than any box-office you ever dreamed of. To be honored by the TV Academy is no less an honor and a delight, and particularly for my first comic sketch”. Leo’s episode features a rollicking, raunchy scene in which she gives Louis CK’s character a blowjob in a car, only to find that he is uncomfortable about the idea of returning the favor. Think of any term you can for oral sex and it’s in this scene. But it wasn’t the language, or the subject, that was a stretch for Leo. It was playing comedy. “He [Louis CK) is so funny, I just thought: ‘I don’t want to fall flat on my face,’ ” she said. “I just tried to ground her and make her like all my characters. Make her feet on the ground and have her make some sense, even if it’s to herself and no one else. Comedy, tragedy — it’s all acting to me, I did what I knew how to do, and I took everything I could from Louis and his gang.”

USA TODAY:
Melissa Leo, guest actress in a comedy, Louie
“When my heart stops pounding so hard I’ll let you know (how I feel),” laughs Leo. “I’d say I’m the most delighted actor in all the USA.” How is this different from an Oscar nomination? “There’s something about the people who make us laugh. And the other ladies in the category are people who have committed to finding humor, to telling their stories. And Louis C.K. is a genius in that. As an actor who’s been willing and happy to do anything all my days, when an audience laugh at what you intended to be funny, there’s no other sound in the world that compares to that. I’m all for making people cry and think and grow and learn, but good golly, laughter is the best medicine. And it’s a hard nut to crack I think.” After she heard the news, her first call was to her son. “The very first thing I did this morning I called my son, because as much as I’ve had a lot lovely help over these last few years industry-wise, it was my son on the red carpet at the Mildred Pierce nomination who said, ‘Ooh Louis C.K., I want to meet him.’ I’m quite sure that’s how I got the job.”

Entertainment Weekly (online):
Melissa Leo, Louie (outstanding guest actress in a comedy)
“I am over the moon with the nomination this morning! So thrilled and honored to see my name next to such consummate funny ladies! The joy and pleasure of working with Louis CK would have been more than enough – many thanks to the Television Academy!”

Us Weekly (online):
Melissa Leo — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, Louie
“I am over the moon with the nomination this morning!” Leo told Us. “So thrilled and honored to see my name next to such consummate funny ladies! The joy and pleasure of working with Louis CK would have been more than enough – many thanks to the Television Academy!”

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/column-post/emmy-reactions-jimmy-kimmel-don-cheadle-amy-poehler-and-more-discuss-nominations-104191

Melissa Leo (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, “Louie”): “I am over the moon with the nomination this morning! So thrilled and honored to see my name next to such consummate funny ladies! The joy and pleasure of working with Louis CK would have been more than enough – many thanks to the Television Academy!”

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