The stars were out (big time!) at the recent Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Performers Peer Group Cocktail Reception, and "Yahoo at the Awards" was there to get the scoop on how this year's nominees are preparing for the biggest night in television.
Just ahead of the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, host Kristen Aldridge asked several of this year's nominees what they planned to say if they win an award at this year's ceremony, and some of their answers were surprising.
"Modern Family" star Julie Bowen has won the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category for the past two years in a row. Now, she's ready to share the wealth, but she wants it to be all in the family: "I will gladly take whatever hardware I have and lay it before Miss Vergara, happily," Bowen said of her co-star and fellow nominee, Sofia Vergara.
That's right, the gracious actress does not want a triple play.
"That would just look greedy," Bowen said. "I can't keep saying there was a mistake of accounting because it's happened more than once for me, but I would love to see it be Sofia."
While Bowen didn't talk speeches (probably because she's really hoping she doesn't need one), reigning "Dancing With the Stars" mirrorball champ and double Outstanding Choreography nominee Derek Hough said he has no idea what he's going to say if he wins.
"I have no clue," he said. But he may just pull out the big guns if needed: "I was gonna dance," he said. "That's what I'll do. I'll just dance if I win." (Nothing like some fancy footwork instead of a snoozy speech!)
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Jane Lynch of "Glee" said she doesn't trust herself towing it if she wins this year: "I have some idea, but I don't map it out," she said. But if she does receive the Emmy for her role as Sue Sylvester in the Fox musical comedy-drama, we think she'll do just fine; Lynch won for the role in 2010, and she thanked everybody from her parents to her "Lord and creator." (That'd be showrunner Ryan Murphy.)
"Behind the Candelabra" star Scott Bakula — who's nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie category — has been prepared for an Emmy win for years. "I have some old speeches from 20 years ago that I still have ready to go," he said. (Hey, he's not kidding! In the early 1990s, Bakula was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series four years in a row for his role in the NBC drama "Quantum Leap," but he never won.)
Bob Bergen ("The Looney Tunes Show") says he's done with speech preparing. Last year he did it and he didn't win, so this time he's going to wing it. But if Bergen wins for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance, don't be surprised if he breaks into his best Porky Pig voice. (And that's all, folks!)
Actor Dan Bucatinsky (Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for "Scandal") said the pressure is on when it comes to thinking about "who to thank, who not to forget, what I'd want to say," but Laura Dern has a more middle-of-the-road approach. The Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series nominee (for the now-canceled "Enlightened") said, "I guess it is important to remember who you would want to thank, but hopefully not feel prepared either."
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In the end, these stars agreed that there's no secret to nabbing an Emmy nod.
Lily Tomlin (Outstanding Voice-Over Performance nominee for the HBO documentary "An Apology to Elephants") said, "Loving what you do" reaps its own rewards, while Laura Dern said, "I just feel lucky to get to do what I love and have people celebrate it any way."
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live from the Nokia Theatre LA Live on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. on CBS.