Michael Ausiello
July 08, 2010 AT 09:19 PM EDT

Image Credit: Carin Baer/FoxCo-creator RYAN MURPHY on which one of the show’s 19 nominations made him the happiest: “I was obviously thrilled for all of them, but the one that I was just like, ‘Holy s—, that is just great’ was Chris Colfer. I think that was such a crowded, difficult category with so many great people. And, you know, he’s 20 years old and this is the first thing he’s ever done. He literally got off a bus in Clovis and walked in, and we wrote the part for him. I was just like a proud papa with him. People love his character [Kurt], and I think it was risky for him to be that young and play somebody who was so forthright and out and proud and struggling and flawed. But he stepped into those shoes and embraced it and made it his own. I think that he’s done so much for young people and showed them so much.”

Supporting-actor contender CHRIS COLFER on being nominated along with TV dad Mike O’Malley: “It means the world to me because I honestly couldn’t do what I do without him being such an awesome, awesome actor and a great person to work with. I’m more excited [about his nod] than I am about mine because he deserves it and puts his whole heart into everything he does. I’m so, so happy. I feel like his own kid because I am so proud of him.”

Leading lady LEA MICHELE on sharing this experience with good friend (and fellow nominee) Matthew Morrison: “I’ve known Matt for years now, and every time these things happen we have these moments where we are like, ‘Wow.’ From working on Broadway to being nominated for Golden Globes together and now an Emmy. It’s just unbelievable how life has been these days.”

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