BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — “It’s an honor to be nominated” is what they all say in Hollywood. And some of them even mean it.
During the recent Television Critics Association summer press tour, we polled a handful of folks up for awards at Monday night’s Emmys about who they’d like to see take home the prize if it can’t be them.
JON VOIGHT, supporting actor in a drama series for “Ray Donovan”
With this nod, Voight, who plays dangerous Boston ex-con Mickey Donovan on the Showtime drama, brings his total of Emmy nominations to three. “I’m very grateful for it, and I’m grateful for our show because it spreads a little aura,” says Voight.
“They’re all great,” he says of his fellow nominees. “Aaron Paul [of ‘Breaking Bad’] is probably the top seed. I won the Golden Globe and he won the Critic’s Choice and now [we’re] facing off at the Emmys. But somebody else might sneak in. All of the other guys are good, too.”
ANDRE BRAUGHER, supporting actor in a comedy series for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Braugher is no stranger to the Emmys; he’s won two and been nominated eight times across several series, including “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Men of a Certain Age.” This is his first nomination in a comedy category for his hilarious, bone-dry portrayal of police Captain Ray Holt on the Fox sitcom.
Braugher was not high on his chances. “I’m going to lose to somebody. I don’t know who it’s going to be,” he said.
Although not up on the work of many of his fellow nominees, he did see Jesse Tyler Ferguson of “Modern Family” in a Shakespeare in the Park production and came away impressed. So, he says with a laugh, he would be willing to lose to Ferguson “based entirely on ‘Comedy of Errors.’ ”
MATT LEBLANC, lead actor in a comedy series for “Episodes”
The Newton native is three for three for nominations in this category for his role as a warped version of himself on the underrated Showtime comedy.
“It’s very validating,” says LeBlanc of the consecutive nominations, especially since his series is a little under the radar.
“I’d be happy for Louis [C.K.],” he says of his old high school classmate. “He wears a lot of hats on [“Louie”], and it really is an expression of his opinion. And I really would like to see him win.” But, he adds with a laugh, “not as much as I’d like to see myself.”
VINCE GILLIGAN, executive producer, drama series for “Breaking Bad”
This is the Emmy swan song for AMC’s lauded “Breaking Bad,” which won last year. Creator Gilligan, who also picked up nominations in the writing and directing contests, says he’d have no hard feelings if any of the other shows in the drama category took the Emmy. “I feel lucky to be included. I love being part of this golden age of TV because there’s all these other wonderful shows that I’d be proud to have my name on.”
But, as much as he enjoyed Matthew McConaughey on “True Detective,” he wouldn’t mind seeing someone else cop the lead actor award. “If it’s not going to be Bryan Cranston, I want to see Jon Hamm win it because he’s a great guy and a great actor.”
LIZZY CAPLAN, lead actress in a drama series for “Masters of Sex”
Caplan has been earning rave reviews for her portrayal of sex researcher Virginia Johnson on the Showtime drama, and now she has an Emmy nomination.
“I haven’t gotten to watch as many shows as I’d like to, but I’m a huge ‘Good Wife’ fan and [Julianna Margulies] is wonderful,” says Caplan. “I know if I were to sit down and watch all the shows, I would find all of them to be equally amazing, and it’s not a lie when people say it’s an honor to be nominated. I don’t know if my head will stop spinning before the actual awards show, and this is just the nomination.”Sarah Rodman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.