Billy Porter, Dan Levy, Shira Haas and more react to their nominations

With the 2020 Emmy nominations now officially out, TV’s biggest stars are reacting — some even for the first time.

Leslie Jones announced the nominations via livestream Tuesday morning with Laverne Cox, Josh Gad and Tatiana Maslany.

Emmys 2020: See the full list of nominees

It was a good day for “Watchmen,” with the series taking the top spot with 26 nominations. It was followed by “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” with 20 and then “Ozark” and “Succession” both with 18. “The Mandalorian,” “Saturday Night Live” and “Schitt’s Creek” all had 15 apiece while “The Crown” snagged 13.

This year’s awards show will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. The comedian has hosted the ceremony twice before, in 2012 and 2016.

MORE: Jimmy Kimmel to host 2020 Emmys

The 2020 Emmy Awards will take place on Sunday, Sept. 20, and will air at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Check out how some of the stars celebrated their recognition from the Television Academy:

“Queer Eye”

Jonathan Van Ness shared a screenshot of himself trying to FaceTime his fellow “Queer Eye” hosts, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France and Antoni Porowski.

“Y’all answer your phone!! We’re Emmy nominees,” he wrote, later sharing that they answered the call.

JVN’s co-hosts also shared their own reactions.

Billy Porter

Billy Porter said he was “grateful” to have been nominated for “Pose” in the lead actor in a drama series category. “It’s blessing and a gift to be part of this moment where my art and my activism meet,” he added in a statement. “POSE represents hope and is a reminder of how powerful ‘we-the-people’ are!”

Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo said he had “enormous gratitude” for being nominated for “I Know This Much Is True” and acknowledged its writer and director, Derek Cianfrance, for creating a project “that will stand the test of time.”

Robin Thede

Robin Thede congratulated her fellow “A Black Lady Sketch Show” stars for the show’s three nominations. “LOOK WHAT BLACK WOMEN DID!” she exclaimed.

“This Is Us”

“This Is Us” series creator Dan Fogelman and star Mandy Moore celebrated the show’s nominations.

Dan Levy

“Schitt’s Creek” star Dan Levy was left “speechless” by all the love.

Sterling K. Brown

Sterling K. Brown celebrated the Television Academy for nominating him twice — once for “This Is Us” and once for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” — by saying it’s “2 Good to be True!”

RuPaul Charles

RuPaul Charles, host of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” reacted to his show being nominated for five consecutive years, saying, “Thank you Television Academy. I am humbled and grateful to work with the best queens, cast, and crew in television. In the face of a global pandemic, they persevered to complete this exceptional season with style, innovation and grace. Hearing how our show continues to bring joy and light to so many during this dark time has been the greatest gift of all. Together with World of Wonder and VH1, I dedicate these nominations to anyone who has been told you’re too queer, too black, or too different to achieve your dreams.”

William Jackson Harper

William Jackson Harper reacted to being nominated for “The Good Place” by sharing a video captioned “WHAT!?” In it he simply said, “It’s been quite a morning.”

Amit Rahav and Shira Haas

“Unorthodox” star Amit Rahav shared a video of himself and co-star Shira Haas reacting to the nominations. Haas was also nominated individually, too.

Samira Wiley

Samira Wiley reacted to being nominated for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” writing: “With so many crazy things happening in the world, this was such a joy to wake up to. Thank you.”

Don Cheadle

Don Cheadle offered up a simple “thanks, y’all” after being nominated for “Black Monday.”

Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt said he was “blown away” to be nominated among “purely creative, brilliant, game-changing minds” and joked about what he will wear for a potentially virtual ceremony.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II penned a heartfelt note in which he thanked the Television Academy as well as the cast, crew and fans of “Watchmen.”

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