There wasn’t a happier person in the room than Anthony Anderson when the nominations for the 2016 Emmy Awards were revealed Wednesday.
The 45-year-old actor practically freaked out as co-announcer Lauren Graham announced his name as the first nominee for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on the ABC sitcom Black-ish.
“WHOOOOOOA!” he yelled, as she announced his name as the first Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series nominee. “Hi Mama! I know you’re watching! Hi Mama!”
“Congratulations,” Graham told him.
“Thank you,” he said, joking, “You don’t even have to name nobody else, just go with your next category.”
He was just as enthusiastic while announcing the name of his Blackish co-star Tracee Ellis Ross as an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series nominee and also when he revealed the show itself was nominated for Best Comedy Series.
“TRACY ELLIS ROSS! BLACK-ISH!” he yelled.
When Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, began to reveal the name of their show as a nominee for Outstanding Comedy Series, Anderson interrupted him.
“LET ME SAY IT! BLACK-ISH! OH!” he shouted.
“I’m excited, I’m nervous, I’m shaking,” Anderson told E! News’ Will Marfuggi exclusively later in the day.
After the nominations were announced, the actor phoned Ross.
“She congratulated me. She screamed just as loud as I did,” he said.
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SOURCE: E! News – Corinne Heller