(Reuters) - The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Thursday announced nominees for the Emmy awards, television's highest honors.
The Emmy winners will be announced at an Aug. 25 ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on the NBC television network.
Following are quotes or statements from some of the leading nominees:
"The entire cast, crew and production team is thrilled by our nominations," said Beau Willimon, the creator of "House of Cards, which earned 13 nominations.
"It's an honor to receive so much recognition from our peers in the TV Academy. I'm particularly happy for Kevin and Robin - the two stars which bring such radiance to our show," he added, referring to Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey, who were nominated in the acting categories.
Joanne Froggatt, a best supporting actress nominee in a drama for Downton Abbey, said she was thrilled with the show's 12 nominations.
"It is super amazing. I feel very fortunate to have this experience. There are some really outstanding shows, and to be able to say we have 12 nominations is incredible."
"I am rather amazed," said "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellows. "I certainly didn't expect us to figure so heavily in the fourth year, so I am really delighted. I couldn't be more pleased."
“I'm so honored to be nominated," said Kerry Washington about her best actress nod for "Scandal." "I'm crazy grateful that the TV Academy has acknowledged our show in these ways.”
“I can safely say that this is one of the few phone calls a person wants to get at an ungodly hour. I am shocked and thrilled and shocked and really, really excited," said Lizzy Caplan of her best actress nomination for "Masters of Sex." "Champagne before 6 a.m. is ok, right?”
"I am over the moon. I cannot wait to fly to LA to see Louis C.K. win," Ricky Gervais, a lead actor nominee in a comedy series for "Derek," said of the "Louie" star who is up against him in that category.
"Genuinely though, I am absolutely thrilled," Gervais said.
"Three times a charm; here’s to 2014 being 'The Year of the Shark,'" said Robert Herjavec, a star of "Shark Tank," which was nominated in the reality show category.
"It’s great to be part of an amazing show like 'Shark Tank' that educates and entertains."
(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)