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meet the first-time emmy nominees

These are some of the actors in the running at the 2021 Emmys.

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The actress was nominated for outstanding lead actress in a limited or anthology series or movie for the show we all binged last year: The Queen’s Gambit.

Anya Taylor-Joy

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Bridgerton’s resident heartthrob — though sadly, he won’t be appearing next season — landed a nomination for outstanding lead actor in a drama series.

Regé-Jean Page

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This might come as a surprise, but Cuoco was nominated for her comedic talents for the first time ever this year for her starring role in The Flight Attendant.

Kaley Cuoco

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Everyone’s favorite soccer coach got an Emmy nod this year for his role as the titular character in Ted Lasso.

Jason Sudeikis

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Kaluuya has popped off in movies this year, but he landed an Emmy nom for his guest appearance on Saturday Night Live.

Daniel Kaluuya

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Genius: Aretha earned the TV/film/theater triple threat her first primetime nomination . She won a Daytime Emmy in 2017.

Cynthia Erivo

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The multitalented actress, singer and TV personality has finally gotten Emmy acknowledgment for outstanding actress in a short form comedy or drama series in Turnt Up with the Taylors.

Keke Palmer

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Olsen was nominated for her role as telekinetic superhero Wanda Maximoff in the limited series WandaVision.

Elizabeth Olsen

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In a historic nomination, Rodriguez is the first transgender person to be nominated in a lead actor category for her part as Blanca in Pose.

Mj Rodriguez

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Corrin was nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for embodying the late Princess Diana in the historical drama The Crown.

Emma Corrin

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The Crown’s O’Connor also got a nod for his portrayal of Prince Charles.

Josh O’Connor

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Lovecraft County star Smollett is in the running for outstanding lead actress in a drama series. Her costar Jonathan Majors is also a first-time nominee!

Jurnee Smollett

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Coel is nominated for not one, not two, but THREE awards for I May Destroy You, which she created, wrote, co-directed, starred in and produced.

Michaela Coel

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