Maura Tierney's phone blew up on Thursday.

The nominations for the 2016 Golden Globes were announced that morning. The 50-year-old actress and previous Emmy nominee was nominated for her first Golden Globe, for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie for her role as Helen Solloway, a woman whose husband cheated on her, on Showtime's The Affair.

"I was really surprised. It's a really difficult category," Tierney told E! News exclusively. "So it's really super flattering and I was really happy for the show too."

"I woke up and saw my phone was sort of filled with things and I thought, 'Oh maybe something good happened,'" she said.

The other nominees in her category are Uzo Aduba from Orange Is the New Black, Regina King from American CrimeJudith Light from Amazon's Transparent and the most recent winner, Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt

The Affair, Maura Tierney


In 2001, Tierney was nominated for an Emmy for her role as Dr. Abby Lockhart on ER. She lost to The West Wing's Allison Janney.

Tierney's nomination also marks the only 2016 Golden Globe nod for The Affair, which began its second season in October. The drama series was recently renewed for a third.

At the 2015 ceremony this past January, The Affair won two Golden Globe Awards—Best Television Series - Drama and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama for actress Ruth Wilson

The 2016 Golden Globes will take place on Jan. 10, 2016 and will be hosted by Ricky Gervais, who was the host of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 ceremonies

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