Although actors won't know if they're taking home a coveted Emmy statue until the show airs Aug. 25 on NBC, they're excited about their big nominations. Benedict Cumberbatch says his nod is an "early birthday present," and Julia Louis-Dreyfus called hers "an embarrassment of riches." They are just two of many stars who shared their reactions to the big news. Keep reading to see what first-time nominee Matthew McConaughey, Kerry Washington, Jon Hamm, and others told POPSUGAR about being recognized by the Television Academy, plus how Lena Dunham, Aaron Paul, and more reacted on Twitter.
— Additional reporting by Maria Mercedes Lara