“Justified,” the Kentucky crime drama on FX, is appearing on various Emmy snub lists, but don’t expect to hear any complaining from Walton Goggins, the excitable actor who plays a cagey ex-con on the series.
“We’re over the moon, man!” he said, more profanely than can be presented here, in an enthusiastic telephone interview on Thursday.
Mr. Goggins’s euphoria was fueled by his first Emmy nomination, for best supporting actor in a drama, as well as by nods for co-stars like Timothy Olyphant, who was nominated in the lead acting category. “When they announced Tim’s name on the telecast, I started screaming so loudly I woke up my son,” Mr. Goggins said.
Margo Martindale, who played a charismatic criminal matriarch in the second season, received a supporting actress nod. Jeremy Davies was nominated as a guest star.
It was the first Emmy nomination of a 40-plus-year career for Ms. Martindale, an honor rendered somewhat bittersweet by the fact that — spoiler alert — she was killed off in the season finale.
“The arc of that character was so grand, it was the appropriate end,” Ms. Martindale said in a telephone interview.
“But I’d still like to kill the writers for killing me,” she joked. “I could have done that part for the rest of my life.”
“Justified,” based on stories by Elmore Leonard, began as a sort of rural cat-and-mouse drama pitting Mr. Olyphant’s U.S. Marshall against Mr. Goggins small-town crook, but both the characters and the narrative deepened as the show progressed. The second season revolved around intrigue and shifting allegiances tied to a potential mining windfall and didn’t scrimp on the baroque backwoods flourishes. Families feuded. Drug shipments were hijacked. Multiple characters were killed with poisoned moonshine.
That such charms didn’t result in a best series nod is no great tragedy for Mr. Goggins, who noted that, “none of us would have been nominated if the creators of the show didn’t tell us what to say.”
The acting nominations “recognize everyone’s contributions,” Mr. Goggins said. “It’s a smaller show, it’s rural in tone and setting. To be invited to sit at the same table as the shows that are bigger in scope is quite the feather in our cap.”
“I was surprised it wasn’t nominated,” Ms. Martindale said. “But it’s a crapshoot. Who knows how that stuff falls?”