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Canadian Tatiana Maslany finally gets Emmy nomination

Actor Tatiana Maslany poses in Toronto on March 6, 2014. Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany picked up her first Emmy nomination as she was named in the best TV actress in a drama category.
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July 18, 2015 - 7:00 AM

Kudos poured in from the Clone Club and celebrities alike on Thursday as Canadian Tatiana Maslany got her first Emmy Award nomination for her widely acclaimed performance on "Orphan Black."

"Ahhhhhhh!!! #notsnubbed," fellow Emmy nominee Amy Schumer wrote to Maslany on Twitter, where the "Orphan Black" star was trending in the U.S.

The 29-year-old Regina native is up against some heavy hitters in the outstanding lead actress in a drama series category.

Her Emmy competition includes Taraji P. Henson for "Empire," Claire Danes for "Homeland," Robin Wright for "House of Cards," Viola Davis for "How to Get Away with Murder" and Elisabeth Moss for "Mad Men."

Maslany herself was humble about the news, simply writing on Twitter: "#CloneClub & #clonesbians, this bud's for you. Thanks buddies :)"

Maslany has earned legions of fans for portraying 10 clones with vastly different looks and personalities on the Space sci-fi hit, which also airs on BBC America.

"For each clone she should get a different nomination," said Calgary-raised Semi Chellas, who picked up her fifth Emmy nomination for "Mad Men," in the best writing in a drama category.

"She's so deserving and I am proud be a fellow Canadian of hers."

Chellas is co-nominated with "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner. The series got a total of 11 Emmy nominations for its final season.

Chellas, who is in New York working on the upcoming HBO miniseries "Codes of Conduct," said she planned to celebrate while camping upstate with her family this weekend.

"I know that my five-year-old has already suggested celebrating with s'mores," she said in a phone interview.

"The only thing that makes me sad is that I'm working on a show in New York and so I will miss celebrating with Matt Weiner and all the other writers who are in L.A.

"I hope that right now they're piling into the Chateau Marmont bar and getting ready to go in the pool."

Other Canadian Emmy nominees included producers behind the show "Property Brothers," which is in the running for the best structured reality series award.

"Property Brothers" co-star Jonathan Scott was installing cabinetry in Scarsdale, N.Y., when his phone began "blowing up" with news of the show's nomination. It was a similar scenario for his identical twin and co-star Drew, who was working elsewhere in the state on a negotiation for the real estate/home reno series.

"My makeup artist was holding my phone and she said: 'You have it on vibrate. It's been vibrating nonstop for the last 20 minutes so you better check on it,'" Drew recalled in a phone interview Thursday from White Plains, N.Y.

"I thought it was my parents or somebody messaging, but sure enough, it was everybody under the sun who saw the announcement. So we're excited.... It's quite the honour."

Drew said he was also happy to see Maslany nominated.

"Tatiana is actually a fan of our show. I've tweeted with her a little bit, and, I mean, she fully deserves that nomination, too. Just a stellar actress."

Other Canadians nominated Thursday included:

— Toronto-born Jeremy Podeswa, in the best direction in a drama category for his work on "Game of Thrones."

— Edmonton native Michael J. Fox, for best guest actor in a drama for his role on "The Good Wife."

— B.C.-bred Pablo Schreiber, for best guest actor in a drama series for his work as George (Pornstache) Mendez on the Netflix show "Orange Is The New Black."

— Director of photography Jonathan Freeman, for best cinematography for a single-camera series for his work on "Boardwalk Empire."

— Brothers Jeff and Mychael Danna, who grew up in Toronto, for two awards for "Tyrant." They're up for the best music composition for a series and best theme music awards. It's the third Emmy nomination for Jeff, and the fourth for Mychael, who in 2013 won an Emmy for the miniseries "World Without End" and an Oscar for the "Life of Pi" score.

— Homegrown show "Degrassi" also picked up a nomination for best children's program.

— Montreal-bred comic Barry Julien, who is part of "The Colbert Report" team vying for best writing for a variety series.

— Nova Scotia's Paula Fairfield, as part of the "Game of Thrones" team nominated for best sound editing for a series.

— Director of photography Rob McLachlan, who was born in San Francisco but raised in Vancouver, is up for best cinematography for a single-camera series for his work on "Game Of Thrones."

— And Gregory Middleton of Vancouver is a contender for best cinematography for a single-camera series for "Game of Thrones."

The Emmys will be handed out Sept. 20.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2015
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