This year’s Emmy nominations may have been dominated by familiar shows like Game of Thrones, but there were also quite a few individuals being recognized for the very first time. The Television Academy has identified 36 performers who received their first nomination on Thursday, from entertainers for whom 2017 was a breakout year, like Cameron Britton and Tiffany Haddish, to long-overdue veterans like Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best reactions from first-time nominees.
An Emmy For Megan is living up to its name: The web series starring Amram, who also works as a writer on The Good Place, received two nominations. Amram took to Twitter with her reaction.
Biel was nominated for Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for playing Cora Tannetti on The Sinner, which USA recently renewed for a second season (although Biel is rumored to be leaving the show). The actress told People she’d be celebrating her first nomination by spending some quality time with her three-year-old son: “We are going to cheers his orange juice in his sippy cup and my champagne in my champagne glass. And then I’m going to bed early! I’m like, Netflix and chilling. That’s my celebration.”
Britton was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as serial killer Edmund Kemper in the Netflix crime series Mindhunter. The series is based on the murders Kemper committed between the 1960’s and 70’s, including the killing of his own mother and grandparents.
This former star of Broadway and Glee received a nomination for his role as Andrew Cunanan in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. “Zorro, Dr. Strange, Harry Dunne, Todd Alquist, and Jesus Christ … pretty incredible company to keep,” the actor said in a statement. “Humbled by your talent, Antonio Banderas, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeff Daniels, Jesse Plemons, John Legend.”
Gilpin plays Debbie Eagan, who is known as “Liberty Belle,” on Netflix’s ’80s wrestling series GLOW. Gilpin tweeted her stunned reaction to the nomination:
Singer and songwriter John Legend was nominated for his titular role in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. His costar, Sara Bareilles, also snagged her first nomination for playing Mary Magdalene.
Martin’s Emmy nod was for his role in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. He played Versace’s long-term partner, Antonio D’Amico.
Rae’s freshman nomination comes for her lead role on Insecure, which she created and co-wrote. The show has also earned her two Golden Globe nominations.
This Emmy nomination for Thompson, who is currently SNL’s longest-employed actor, is well-deserved.
Last, but certainly not least, is Letitia Wright, who was nominated for her role as a supporting actress in the Black Mirror episode “Black Museum.”