8 First-Time Emmy Nominees We're Excited to See

by Raphael Chestang 10:00 PM PDT, September 17, 2015
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Tensions are sure to be running high on Sunday when the world will wait to hear who this year's Emmys will go to, but these stars can already count the Emmys as an accomplishment -- they're celebrating their first nominations!

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Adrien Brody: After taking home an Oscar in 2003 for his lead role in The Pianist, the 42-year-old actor is looking to fill his mantelpiece once again as he's been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for playing the title role in History's miniseries Houdini.

Taraji P. Henson: The Empire star was nominated in 2011 for TV movie Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story, but is looking to top off her most successful year yet with Emmy gold forĀ Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Henson's a front-runner in the race forĀ her critically acclaimed role as Cookie Lyon.

Viola Davis: The How to Get Away With Murder star will give Henson a run for her money in the race for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her turn as professor Annalise Keating.

Tatiana Maslany: After being snubbed by the Emmys in 2013 and 2014, the Orphan Black star is relieved to finally have her shot at Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

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Pablo Schreiber: The actor, a.k.a. Pornstache, could take home the trophy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for playing the correctional officer everyone loves to hate on Orange Is the New Black.

Finn Wittrock: The newcomer is being recognized in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie category for his role as the demented sociopath Dandy Motto on American Horror Story: Freak Show.

Anthony Anderson: Last year's breakout comedy, Black-ish, could earn Anderson an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, although he faces stiff competition from veterans Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), Louis C.K. (Louie) and Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent).

Tituss Burgess: The Broadway veteran became everyone's favorite roommate in the cult hit Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and is a favorite to win Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

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And while he's been to the Emmys many times before, having won a statuette in 2007 for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics (Saturday Night Live), this will mark Andy Samberg's first time hosting the awards show.

"If you're not an Emmy viewer, you should strongly consider becoming one this year, because I'm hosting, and it's gonna be a wild ride. So buckle your seat belts," Samberg said in a statement earlier this year.

The 2015 Emmy Awards air live Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Fox. Click here for the full list of nominees.