8 first-time Emmy nominees we're excited to see

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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 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Henson's a front-runner in the race for 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, theOrphan Black star is relieved to finally have her shot at Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

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8 first-time Emmy nominees we're excited to see
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 04: Actress Viola Davis attends Disney ABC Television Group's 2015 TCA Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 4, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Actress Tatiana Maslany visits the SiriusXM Studios on May 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 15: Adrien Brody arrives at the 'Septembers Of Shiraz' premiere during 2015 Toronto International Film Festival held at Roy Thomson Hall on September 15, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael Tran/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - MAY 08: Timothy Hutton arrives at 'American Crime' ATAS special screening held at Walt Disney Studios on May 8, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Taraji P. Henson attends the 'Empire' Series Season 2 New York Premiere at Carnegie Hall on September 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Actor Pablo Schreiber attends the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: Actor Finn Wittrock attends FX's 'American Horror Story: Freakshow' FYC special screening and Q&A at Paramount Studios on June 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 24: Actor Anthony Anderson attends the Television Academy's cocktail reception to celebrate the 67th Emmy Awards at The Montage Beverly Hills on August 24, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 24: Actor Tituss Burgess discusses the Netflix show 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' at AOL Studios In New York on August 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Nomi Ellenson/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/WIREIMAGE REQUIRED) Mark Rylance attends the World Premiere of 'The Gunman' at BFI Southbank on February 16, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 04: Actor Richard Jenkins speaks at the SAG Foundation's Backstage Emmy Series featuring Richard Jenkins of 'Olive Kitteridge' at NYIT Auditorium on Broadway on August 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actress Frances McDormand poses in the press room at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 04: Ben Mendelsohn attends Netflix's 'Bloodline' Screening And Q&A at Pacific Design Center on May 4, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 27: Actor Michael Kelly attends Netflix's 'House Of Cards' Q&A screening event at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on April 27, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Rachel Brosnahan attends the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 02: Actress Gaby Hoffmann attends the United Friends of the Children's 12th annual Brass Ring Awards dinner at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 2, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 04: Actress Regina King attends Disney ABC Television Group's 2015 TCA Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 4, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Actress Mo'Nique arrives for the New York screening of 'Bessie' held at The Museum of Modern Art on April 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress Zoe Kazan attends EW's Must List Party during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at Thompson Hotel on September 12, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
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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.

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