Move over, Modern Family! There are new kids in town.
While this year’s Emmy Awards have re-invited several veterans – Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bryan Cranston, Sarah Paulson and Viola Davis, to name a few – there are going to be some fresh faces at the Sept. 18 ceremony, too.
Tom Hiddleston of The Night Manager
Though he’s been making more headlines for his personal life than his professional one lately, this year’s Emmy nominations prove that Taylor Swift’s other half is a force to be reckoned with on screen. He’s been getting rave reviews (even from Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall!) for his performance in The Night Manager, so this nomination is not a shock. Now, we just have to wait and see if he’ll win – or if he’ll bring Taylor as his date.
Rami Malek of Mr. Robot
Mr. Robot was the star of the show at January’s Golden Globes, taking home the award for best television series – drama. So it’s no surprise that the show’s star, Malek, earned his first-ever Emmy nomination this year for the show’s first season. (The series was nominated as well.)
Kit Harington of Game of Thrones
The cast and crew of Game of Thrones is no stranger to the Emmys (the show won outstanding drama series last year) but it’s taken six seasons for Harington – who plays the famed Jon Snow – to get nominated. Turns out, all he needed to do was come back from the dead. Not too much to ask, right?
Aziz Ansari of Master of None
You fell in love with him as Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation, but starring in his own show, Master of None, is getting Ansari some recognition at the Emmys. Whaaaat? Yes. This year’s nomination is a long time coming.
Keri Russell of The Americans
Despite the fact that she took home a Golden Globe for her performance in teen classic series Felicity and that she’s earned praise for The Americans, Russell has never been nominated for an Emmy – until now. She and her Americans costar (and real-life partner) Matthew Rhys both picked up lead actor/actress nominations.
Ellie Kemper of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
The world’s been in love with Kimmy since episode one, but it seems the Television Academy took some more time to come around: After being left out of the lead actress in a comedy series category last year, Kemper picked up her first-ever nod this year.
Cuba Gooding Jr. of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
He’s already got an Oscar to his name, but this year, Gooding will potentially add another trophy to his mantle for his portrayal of O.J. Simpson in the much-lauded limited series.
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles this Sept. 18.