Emmy nominations go to Hudson Valley TV stars

Emmy nominations were announced on Thursday, July 19. Emmy nominations were announced on Thursday, July 19. Local nominees include Jimmy Fallon, Julianna Margulies and Max Greenfield. Photo Credit: Newsday

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The Primetime Emmy nominees were announced Thursday morning, and a number of Hudson Valley stars received major nods. Julianna Margulies, Glenn Close, Edie Falco, Steve Buscemi, Max Greenfield and Jimmy Fallon are among the nominees with local connections.

Margulies and Close will face off in the Best Leading Actress in a Drama category, as they did in 2010. Margulies, a Spring Valley native, is nominated for her role on "The Good Wife;" northern Westchester resident Close earned a nod for playing Patty Hewes on "Damages." Both actresses have previously won the award: Close in 2008 and 2009, and Margulies last year. Other nominees in the category include Kathy Baker for "Harry's Law," Michelle Dockery for "Downton Abbey," Claire Danes for "Homeland" and Elizabeth Moss for "Mad Men."

Margulies, who was unavailable for an interview, said in a statement: "I am so honored to be nominated for 'The Good Wife.' The Academy has been very supportive of me over the years and my appreciation is boundless."

Close also issued a statement: "I am thrilled to be recognized by the Academy and to share this category with such exciting and accomplished actresses. 'Damages' has been the ride of a lifetime and I am honored to represent every single one of our extraordinary team. I would not be here without them."

Edie Falco, a SUNY Purchase graduate, is nominated for Best Leading Actress in a Comedy for playing the titular "Nurse Jackie." She will compete against fellow funny ladies Zooey Deschanel for "New Girl;" Lena Dunham for "Girls;" Tina Fey for "30 Rock;" Julia Louis-Dreyfus for "Veep;" Melissa McCarthy for "Mike and Molly;" and Amy Poehler for "Parks and Recreation." Falco won the Emmy in this category in 2010.

Also not available for an interview, Falco released the following statement: "I love 'Nurse Jackie' and I'm very honored to be recognized by my peers. This year is particularly exciting with several of my castmates also being nominated. It is [a] great year for 'Nurse Jackie!'"

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Steve Buscemi, a Stone Ridge resident, earned his second nomination for his role as Nucky Thompson in "Boardwalk Empire." He is nominated along with Hugh Bonneville for "Downton Abbey," Bryan Cranston for "Breaking Bad," Jon Hamm for "Mad Men," Damian Lewis for "Homeland" and Michael C. Hall for "Dexter."

Alana Kass, a spokeswoman for Buscemi, said he was unavailable for an interview today due to travel, but passed along a statement attributed to him: "There are so many amazing performances this year by actors I really admire that it means a lot to me to [be] included among them."

Dobbs Ferry native Max Greenfield landed his first-ever Emmy nomination for his role as Schmidt in "New Girl." Greenfield will face off against some acting heavyweights in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy category, including four stars from "Modern Family" -- Ed O'Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet -- and "Saturday Night Live" star Bill Hader.

"Zooey and I are coordinating outfits right now," Greenfield told the Associated Press. "We're trying to figure out what we're gonna wear. ... We want to let you know, 'Yes, we're on the same show.' There might be some coordination between the two outfits. We just want to make sure they're showstoppers."

Merritt Wever, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, also earned her first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy for her role as Zoey Barkow on "Nurse Jackie." Other nominees in the category include Mayim Bialik for "The Big Bang Theory," the late Kathryn Joosten for "Desperate Housewives," both Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara for "Modern Family" and Kristen Wiig for "Saturday Night Live."

Movie star Uma Thurman scored an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama for playing fictional movie star Rebecca Duvall on "Smash." Raised in Woodstock, Thurman was recently spotted in the Ulster County town just one day after giving birth to her third child. Thurman vies for the Emmy win alongside Martha Plimpton for "The Good Wife," Loretta Devine for "Grey's Anatomy," Jean Smart for "Harry's Law," Julia Ormond for "Mad Men," and Joan Cusack for "Shameless."

Saugerties native Jimmy Fallon's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" was nominated for Best Variety, Music or Comedy series, the show's first nomination in the category. David Letterman and Jay Leno, who also have Hudson Valley roots, were shut out of the category. Fallon's show will vie for the Emmy along with "The Colbert Report," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Real Time with Bill Maher" and "Saturday Night Live." Fallon was also nominated for the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy for his hosting stint on "SNL."

The local funnyman, whose parents recently moved to Bronxville, took to Twitter following the nomination announcement.

"Yayyyyyyy!!! We just got nominated for an Emmy!!!" he wrote @JimmyFallon. "It's been an unbelievable year for us -- we are so happy and thankful," he continued. "Everyone here is honored, thrilled, humbled, excited and already pretty drunk. And it's 9 am."

Rounding out the Emmy nominees with local connections is "The Voice," which is nominated for Outstanding Competition Reality Show. Harriman resident Jermaine Paul won the second season of the NBC singing competition. Other nominated shows in the category include "Dancing with the Stars," "Project Runway," "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Top Chef."

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Outside of the local nominations, "Mad Men," which is partly set in Westchester, earned a leading 17 nods, as did the nightmarish miniseries about a haunted house, "American Horror Story." Other leading nominees include the elegant British-born soap opera "Downton Abbey," which earned 16 bids, and two miniseries, "Hatfields & McCoys," with 16, and "Hemingway & Gellhorn" with 15.

The Emmy ceremony will air Sept. 23 on ABC.

With The Associated Press

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