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Carolee Carmello, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (playing "Aimee Semple McPherson"), Scandalous: I was watching the live stream from my computer. I woke up at like 8:15 AM, and I didn't know what time the nominations were coming out. I checked the website, and I saw that it was 8:30 AM, and I thought, "Oh, I'm never getting back to sleep now, my stomach is churning!" [Laughs.] So I might as well watch and get it over with, so I watched, sitting by myself in my pajamas—cried a bit, and started getting some congratulatory texts. It was very exciting! It's really flattering to be remembered. You know, I'm lucky because I've had three nominations now, and all three have been for shows that have been closed by the time the nominations came out, so I'm used to this feeling, but it's still really hard because you get to this point in the season, and you're thrilled to be acknowledged, but at the same time, you're kind of sad because you want to be doing the show still. It's bittersweet. And, it was really the role of a lifetime for me. I'd been working on it for seven or so years, on and off, with readings and out-of-town productions and all that, so it was a culmination of a lot of years of work—not just by me, but the whole team. It was thrilling to make it to New York, and this is really just the icing on the cake.
Scott Ellis, Best Direction of a Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood: I have two kids—two twins, two-and-a-half year olds—and I sat them on the couch and said, "Maybe you'll hear Daddy's name; maybe you won't hear Daddy's name." So when my name came up, they turned around and said, "That's your name!" I said, "It is," and they sort of got up and went and played, and I thought, "And, there it is!" You know what I mean? "So that's your name? So what!" But I just figured, if it worked out, that would be great. If it didn't, I'd still be sitting here with my kids and move on. So it was very lovely... I'm in rehearsals for a new play that I started yesterday, and that's where I'm heading—to rehearsals—and I just think I'm very grateful that I get to continue what I do, and something like Drood was just a wonderful experience from the moment we started til the end, so for the show to be recognized after it closed is very special. It's all plus, plus, plus.
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Billy Magnussen, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (playing "Spike"), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike: My mom woke me up [and] I wanted to go back to sleep. [Laughs.] I don't think I really have registered it, you know. I think [the nomination] just means that what I've been doing for the past 12 years – it's been an homage to that, in a sense. If he wins? I'll probably just lose it. I'll probably just leave it somewhere. The dogs will probably eat it!
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