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Gold Derby Interviews: 2011 Emmy Nominees

In the weeks leading up to the July 15 announcement of the nominations for the 63rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Gold Derby chatted with many of the leading contenders. Below are the webcam and telephone interviews with people who have since been nominated.

 

PHIL KEOGHAN
(Reality Competition Series, Reality Host, "The Amazing Race")

The "Amazing Race" host addresses the show's shocking upset loss last year at the hands of "Top Chef." Webcam interview with Rob Licuria. WATCH HERE.

 

 

ARCHIE PANJABI
(Drama Supp. Actress, "The Good Wife")

Last year, the actress pulled off a major Emmy upset for "The Good Wife." This year she tries to aims to repeat. Webcam interview with Rob Licuria. WATCH HERE.

 

WALTON GOGGINS
(Drama Supp. Actor, "Justified")

After years of acclaimed work on "The Shield," Goggins finally earned his first nomination as an oulaw on FX's "Justified." Webcam interview with Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria. WATCH HERE.

 

WILL ARNETT
(Guest Comedy Actor, "30 Rock")

The former "Arrested Development" star has earned his third guest-acting nomination for NBC's "30 Rock." Webcam interview with Chris Beachum. WATCH HERE.

 

BRENDA STRONG
(Voice-Over Performance, "Desperate Housewives")

After seven years of playing deceased housewife Mary Alice on the ABC series, she is nominated for the first Emmy of her career. Webcam interview with Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria. WATCH HERE.

 

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS
(Drama Supp. Actress, "Mad Men")

The "Mad Men" star celebrates her second consecutive nomination for Best Supporting Drama Actress. Webcam interview with Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria. WATCH HERE.

 

MICHELLE FORBES
(Drama Supp. Actress, "The Killing")

After a television career spanning twenty years, Forbes is nominated for her first Primetime Emmy for AMC's mystery series "The Killing." Video interview with Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum. WATCH HERE.

 

JULIANNA MARGULIES
(Drama Actress, "The Good Wife")

After a surprising loss to Kyra Sedgwick last year, the "Good Wife" star aims again to win Best Drama Actress with the powerful episode "In Sickness." Webcam interview with Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria. WATCH HERE.

 

BRUCE DERN
(Guest Drama Actor, "Big Love")

After five decades of film and television work, the veteran actor celebrates the first Emmy nomination of his career, for HBO's "Big Love." Webcam interview with Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum. WATCH HERE.

 

MARTHA PLIMPTON
(Comedy Actress, "Raising Hope")

She's a three-time Tony nominee and an Emmy nominee for a guest appearance on "Law & Order: SVU." Now she's nominated for playing a young grandmother on FOX's "Raising Hope." Audio podcast with Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum. LISTEN HERE

AMY POEHLER
(Comedy Actress, "Parks and Recreation")

The 'Parks and Recreation' star was nominated last year. Can she win this time around? Webcam interview with Gold Derby senior editors Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria. WATCH HERE.

 

JOHNNY GALECKI
(Comedy Actor, "The Big Bang Theory")

His "Big Bang Theory" co-star Jim Parsons won the Best Comedy Actor Emmy last year. Galecki broke through with a nomination this year. Can he win? Webcam interview with Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria. WATCH HERE.

 

MATT LEBLANC
(Comedy Actor, "Episodes")

The three-time Emmy-nominated star of "Friends" returned to TV for "Episodes," a Showtime comedy in which he pokes fun at his own image. Webcam interview with Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria. WATCH HERE.

 

JIM PARSONS
(Comedy Actor, "The Big Bang Theory")

He won Best Comedy Actor last year for "The Big Bang Theory" and during his hiatus is appearing in the Tony-winning revival of "The Normal Heart" on Broadway. Webcam interview with Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria. WATCH HERE.

 

ERIC STONESTREET
(Comedy Supp. Actor, "Modern Family")

The 'Modern Family' star dishes his 2010 Emmy win via webcam with Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria. WATCH HERE. See Stonestreet's webcam chat with Tom O'Neil HERE.

 

CHRIS COLFER
(Comedy Supp. Actor, "Glee)

The breakout star of "Glee" lost his first Emmy bid last season, but he won a Golden Globe earlier this year. Webcam interview with Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum. WATCH HERE.

 

JESSE TYLER FERGUSON
(Comedy Supp. Actor, "Modern Family")

An Emmy nominee last season for "Modern Family," this year he's part of an historic four-man sweep of the Supporting Actor category. Webcam interview with Chris Beachum and Matt Noble. WATCH HERE.

 

TY BURRELL
(Comedy Supp. Actor, "Modern Family")

The "Modern Family" star was an Emmy nominee last year and again this year, but doesn't look forward to a battle with co-star Ed O'Neill. Webcam interview with Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum. WATCH HERE.

 

JASON KATIMS
(Drama Series, "Friday Night Lights")

Katims had to do double duty this year as the producer of two Emmy hopefuls: "Parenthood" and the recently concluded "Friday Night Lights," which is nominated for Best Drama. Webcam interview with Matt Noble. WATCH HERE.

 

ALAN CUMMING
(Supp. Drama Actor, "The Good Wife")

After an Emmy-nominated guest stint last season on "The Good Wife," the actor was signed on as a regular this year. Webcam interview with Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria. WATCH HERE.

 

PAUL REUBENS
(Variety Special, "The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway")

If he wins Best Variety Special for "The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway," will he accept as Pee-wee or himself? Audio Podcast with Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum. LISTEN HERE.

 

IDRIS ELBA
(Guest Comedy Actor, "The Big C")
(Movie/Mini Actor, "Luther")

The former star of "The Wire" finally contends for Emmys both for his lead role in the British miniseries "Luther" and for his guest role on "The Big C." Webcam interview with Rob Licuria and Matt Noble. WATCH HERE.

 

JOHN SLATTERY
(Supp. Drama Actor, "Mad Men")

Slattery has now been nominated four times for his role on AMC's "Mad Men." Will the fourth time be the charm? Video interview with Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum. WATCH HERE.

 

BETTY WHITE
(Supp. Comedy Actress, "Hot in Cleveland")

Between primetime and daytime, the 89-year-old star has six Emmys to date and could add a seventh for her role on TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland." Audio podcast with Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria. LISTEN HERE.

 

MARGO MARTINDALE
(Supp. Drama Actress, "Justified")

The veteran character actress has earned raves for her role as the matriarch of a crime family on "Justified" and may be on track to win her first Emmy. Webcam interview with Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria. WATCH HERE.

 

EVAN RACHEL WOOD
(Supp. Movie/Mini Actress, "Mildred Pierce")

This year, the young actress earned a nomination for her villainous role as Veda on "Mildred Pierce." Webcam interview with Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria. WATCH HERE.

 

CONNIE BRITTON
(Drama Actress, "Friday Night Lights")

She finally broke through at the Emmys last year after four years on "Friday Night Lights," and now she celebrates her second nomination for its farewell season. Webcam interview with Matt Noble. WATCH HERE.

 

BILL SIMMONS
(Non-Fiction Series, "30 on 30")

The executive producer of "30 for 30" hopes the ESPN documentary series will win the Best Nonfiction Series race. Webcam interview with Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria. WATCH HERE.

 

EDGAR RAMIREZ
(Movie/Mini Actor, "Carlos")

The star of the critically-lauded Sundance miniseries "Carlos" has already earned Golden Globe and SAG nods for his performance. Can he win the Emmy? Webcam interview with Rob Licuria. WATCH HERE.

 

JOSH CHARLES
(Supp. Drama Actor, "The Good Wife")

The "Good Wife" star dishes about the CBS drama's much talked about season finale and teases future developments for Will and Alicia. Webcam chat with Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria. WATCH HERE.

 

JEFF PROBST
(Reality Host, "Survivor")

He's never lost the Emmy race for best reality host. Will the streak continue this year? Webcam chat with Matt Noble. WATCH HERE.See Probst's webcam chat with Tom O'Neil HERE.

 

TIMOTHY OLYPHANT
(Drama Actor, "Justified")

'Justified' star is a serious contender for best drama actor. Webcam chat with Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria. WATCH HERE. See Olyphant's chat with Tom O'Neil HERE.

 

JOAN CUSACK
(Guest Drama Actress, "Shameless")

The two-time Oscar-nominee has enjoyed playing the frailties of her agoraphobic character on the envelope-pushing Showtime series "Shameless." Webcam interview with Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria. WATCH HERE.