The Emmys welcomed a wealth of new blood in this year’s surprising nominations. Among stars celebrating their first career bids is Jeff Daniels, nominated for Drama Actor for his role as an outspoken anchor on “The Newsroom.”
A trio of first-timers broke through in the Drama Actress race: Oscar-nominee Vera Farmiga is a contender for “Bates Motel.” Kerry Washington (“Scandal“) becomes only the fifth black woman ever nominated in the category, and would be the first to win. Robin Wright (“House of Cards“) has three previous Daytime Emmy bids for “Santa Barbara,” but this is her first time contending at the Primetime Emmys.
Longtime TV star Harry Hamlin (“L.A. Law”) is nominated for the first time in his career for his guest role on “Mad Men.” Another notable TV alum, Linda Cardellini (“Freaks and Geeks,” “ER”), also received her first nomination for a guest role on that series.
Toby Jones earned his first Emmy bid for portraying a sinister Alfred Hitchcock in “The Girl.” Playing his wife in the telefilm, Imelda Staunton also earned her first Primetime Emmy bid, though she was an International Emmy nominee in 2006 for “My Family and Other Animals.” (Staunton is the wife of “Downton Abbey‘s” Jim Carter, who received his second nomination for Drama Supporting Actor.)
Four actors received nominations for the miniseries “American Horror Story: Asylum,” and one is an Emmy rookie: Zachary Quinto, who recently won a Critics’ Choice Award for his role as a murderous psychiatrist.
Behind the camera, a number of noteworthy artists are nominated for the first time: Oscar-nominated screenwriter and playwright David Mamet earned nominations for writing, directing and producing HBO’s “Phil Spector.” Oscar-nominee Jane Campion is up for the same three categories for “Top of the Lake.” Yet another Oscar-nominee, David Fincher, contends for directing and producing the Netflix drama “House of Cards.”
Elsewhere, music legend Mick Jagger picked up a bid for Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special for producing “Crossfire Hurricane.” And eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken picked up a songwriting bid for “The Neighbors.” If he wins, he will become the 12th person to complete the EGOT grand slam (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony).