Alec Baldwin, Jessica Lange

The nominations are in for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, and many of the actors and showrunners who received nods have expressed their gratitude — and, in some cases, surprise.

See what the stars had to say:

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story, Supporting Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries: "I want to thank the academy for honoring American Horror Story. ... It's been wonderful to work on a show with such talented actors and the fabulous creative team of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and all the brilliant writers who make Constance such an interesting character to play."

Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey creator: "It is a great honor and tremendously exciting to find our show on the list for this year's Emmy ceremony. The very steep competition can only be considered a compliment, since they are all fantastic programs, and I hope they are as happy as I am, celebrating their nominations."

Betty White, Betty White's Off Their Rockers, Outstanding Host for a Reality or a Reality-Competition Program: "I'm blown out of my mind and I'm thrilled beyond words."

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Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: "As the show enters its last season, I'm gratified to be nominated again by the Academy."

Lena Dunham, Girls, Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: "I have no jokes to make. This is an amazing morning."

Julie Bowen, Modern Family, Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: "Wow! I'm really overwhelmed and grateful. It feels weird that our outrageously talented writers were overlooked as they make MF so great."

Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live, Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: "It's a great honor, though there should be parentheses next to my name with all of the SNL writers.  And now I have to kiss up to the cast members of Modern Family in hopes that they pull a Ving Rhames and give me their award when they win."

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family, Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: "I'm honored to be nominated in a category that has so many actors on so many shows doing such great work."

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Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Variety, Music or Comedy Series: "It's been an unbelievable year for us — we are so happy and thankful. ... Everyone here is honored, thrilled, humbled, excited and already pretty drunk. And it's 9am."

Margaret Cho, 30 Rock, Guest Comedy Actress: "I'm so excited to have been nominated for an Emmy, especially for 30 Rock, which is an incredible show, and also for playing a deranged and deceased world dictator who has divided the small country of my origin in two. That's the best part. I think that's what I'd call iron curtain irony."

Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad, Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: "I am honored to be nominated for an Emmy Award for my work as Gustavo Fring in Breaking Bad. It is such a privilege to be part of this new golden age of television. I am especially thankful to the viewers who have tuned in and supported the provocative and profound nature of good storytelling."

Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, Smash executive producers, Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics: "[We] are thrilled to represent all our partners at Smash and are so very thrilled for our friends and co-Smash nominees Chris Bacon, Joshua Bergasse and Uma Thurman, who make us smile, and in the case of Uma, laugh uproariously."

Damian Lewis, Homeland, Lead Actor in a Drama Series: "I'm over the moon to receive my first Emmy nomination. I feel so lucky to be a part of "Homeland" and am extremely grateful to the writing team for continuing to write such extraordinary roles for all of us. I couldn't feel more proud to be keeping company with such a fantastic range of talented actors."

Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: "I had so much fun hosting. It was like coming home. Getting to go back and play with your friends ... there's nothing better. Hosting SNL was my childhood dream, while other kids were playing princess I was doing impressions of Roseanne Roseannadanna. This is an amazing honor and one I share with Lorne, and all the incredible cast and writers of SNL."