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Published: Thursday August 21, 2014 07:30 AM EDT



Before stepping into the glamour, gowns, and surprises of the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards, this year's nominees took a moment to thank a special someone: themselves. Yes, Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, and more honorees all stepped into PEOPLE's handy time machine to celebrate their TV success. Click on to see some of 2014's biggest nominees alongside the "whippersnappers" who got them where they are today.

Only the comedic genius of Louis-Dreyfus could gleefully bring together Seinfeld's resident dancer, Elaine, and TV's funniest Emmy-nominated vice president.