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First-Time Nominees Weigh in on the Emmys

This year’s Emmys mark a huge milestone for many of Hollywood’s biggest stars: it’s the first time they’ve been nominated.

From Rami Malek to Courtney B. Vance, a slew of front-runners could win the Emmy the same year they were first nominated. Other first-timers include “UnReal’s” Constance Zimmer, “Master of None’s” Aziz Ansari, “The Night Manager’s” Tom Hiddleston, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s” Ellie Kemper, “Game of Thrones” stars Maisie Williams and Kit Harington, Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell of “The Americans,” and even John Travolta, who’s nominated for “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

Here, first time Emmy nominees tell Variety what they’re looking forward to on the big night.

Maisie Williams, “Game of Thrones” — Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama

Win or lose, what are your plans for after the ceremony?
“Regardless of the outcome, you’ll find me partying with all my phenomenal cast mates at the incredible HBO party.”

<strong><i>Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series</i></strong> <strong>Win or lose, what are your plans for after the ceremony?</strong> "Regardless of the outcome, you'll find me partying with all my phenomenal cast mates at the incredible HBO party." <strong><i> </i></strong>

Courtney B. Vance, “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” — Nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

What are you most excited about for Emmy night?
“I am most excited about seeing the diaspora of colors at this year’s Emmys. I am also excited about the political and social discussion that will take place on the red carpet.”

THE PEOPLE v. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY - Pictured: Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran. CR: FX Networks

Constance Zimmer, “UnReal” — Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama

Are you nervous for the Emmy results? Excited?
“I was more nervous waiting for the nominations to be announced. Since then, I’ve been enjoying every day leading up to the night and am more excited than anything else!”

<p>Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama ('UnReal')</p>
<p>"I'm just so happy for the show. And the fact that Marti [Noxon] and Sarah [Gertrude Shapiro] got nominated as well is so deserving for them. I wouldn't be Quinn without them, if I didn't have their words."</p>

Melora Hardin, “Transparent” — Nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy

Who are you rooting for Sunday night?
“I would love my friend David Schwimmer to win for ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.’ Sarah Paulson was wonderful as Marcia Clark, I think Viola Davis is divine, and of course all my talented ‘Transparent’ compatriots. They should just have an all-around “Transparent Emmy” for Jill Soloway! Besides being great, original, creative entertainment, think of all the good the show is doing in the world!”

<strong><i>Nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series</strong></i>

<strong>Who are you rooting for Sunday night?</strong>
"I would love my friend David Schwimmer to win for 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.' Sarah Paulson was wonderful as Marcia Clark, I think Viola Davis is divine, and of course all my talented 'Transparent' compatriots. They should just have an all-around "Transparent Emmy" for Jill Soloway! Besides being great, original, creative entertainment, think of all the good the show is doing in the world!"

Sterling K. Brown, “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” — Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

What are you most excited about for Emmy night?
“A grown up night out with my wife without our kids.”

<p>Season 1, ep. 6 “Marcia Marcia Marcia,” FX:</p>
<p>The will-they-or-won’t-they couple of the year, Marcia Clark and Chris Darden finally tossed off the formalities in an episode that found them sharing a dance that ranged from hilariously goofy to sweetly touching.</p>

Bokeem Woodbine, “Fargo” — Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

What are you most excited about for Emmy night?
“Being nominated!”

<strong><i>Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie</strong></i>

<strong>What are you most excited about for Emmy night?</strong> "Being nominated!"

Matthew Rhys, “The Americans” — Nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama

What are you most excited about for Emmy night?
“Seeing my fingers catwalk jewelry on the jewelry cam of the red carpet.”

THE AMERICANS -- "Travel Agents" Episode 407 (Airs, Wednesday, April 27, 10:00 pm/ep) -- Pictured: Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings. CR: Patrick Harbron/FX

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