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All the Fabulous Ladies Nominated for Their First Emmy This Year

All the Fabulous Ladies Nominated for Their First Emmy This Year

With these actresses' impressive resumes and combined years, it's next to impossible to believe that none of them have ever been up for an Emmy before. (Even though we're semi-used to the Emmys majorly snubbing some of our favorite ladies on TV.) But no matter how long it took for the Emmys to come around, we're thrilled to see these nine women getting recognized now for their work on the small screen. Here are all the actresses in the running for their very first Primetime Emmy award this Sunday.

Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder)


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Nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Davis is no stranger to the awards circuit, thanks to her roles in movies like Doubt and The Help, but it's her recent move to Shondaland that nabbed her an Emmy nomination for the first time. And if she wins for her role as defense attorney Annalise Keating, she'll be halfway to an EGOT.

Khandi Alexander (Scandal)


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Nominated for: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Here's another woman who can thank Shonda Rhimes for her first Emmy nod: After 19 television roles, it's Alexander's portrayal of Olivia's conniving mother on the TGIT mainstay that brought her Emmy recognition.

Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)


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Nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Say it with us now: It's about damn time. After three seasons of Orphan Black and expertly carrying multiple clone characters, Maslany is finally getting her Emmys due.

Gaby Hoffman (Transparent, Girls)


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Nominated for: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Hoffman's performances on both series now connected by more than just her excellent acting and unabashed nudity — they've each given her the opportunity to win an Emmy this year.

Mo'Nique (Bessie)


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Nominated for: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
This HBO movie was chock full of Emmy-worthy performances — Queen Latifah and Michael Kenneth Williams are also nominated — so we're not surprised to see Mo'Nique, who played blues legend Ma Rainey, also get some love.

Regina King (American Crime)


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Nominated for: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
We're kind of obsessed with ABC's new drama American Crime, and it's thanks in major part to its impressive lineup of actors and actresses. It's nearly impossible to choose whose performance gripped us to our seats more, which is why the show nabbed 10 Emmy nominations this year — including one for King.

Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards)


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Nominated for: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Rachel (Brosnahan's character on the Netflix series) has been Doug Stamper's Kryptonite since season one, but it was his obsession with hunting her down in season three that led them both to Emmy noms this year.

Niecy Nash (Getting On)


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Nominated for: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Nash had been begging her agent for different roles than her typical Reno 911! and The Soul Man when up popped Didi on HBO's comedy about an extended care facility Getting On. Her instincts paid off — the comedic change of pace nabbed has her up for her first Emmy.

Zoe Kazan (Olive Kitteridge)


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Nominated for: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
The HBO miniseries has been a favorite among critics and awards shows alike, but the Emmys marks the first time Kazan, who plays Denise Thibodeau, will be recognized for her performance in the bleak miniseries (and we mean that as a compliment).

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