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2024 Oscars: All the First-Time Acting Nominees

Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy and Sterling K. Brown are just a few of the stars debuting as nominees at the upcoming 96th annual Academy Awards

<p>Stefanie Keenan/Getty; Amy Sussman/WireImage; Taylor Hill/FilmMagic</p> Sterling K. Brown, America Ferrera and Cillian Murphy

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Sterling K. Brown, America Ferrera and Cillian Murphy

The 2024 Oscar nominations are out, and first-time nominees are dominating in the acting categories.

Emily Blunt and Jeffrey Wright are among the Hollywood veterans getting their long-awaited recognition, and decorated TV stars like Sterling K. Brown and America Ferrera could nab some of the biggest award in film. Meanwhile, Lily Gladstone already made history as the first Native American actress with an Academy nod.

As the entertainment industry waits to see which talents win big on Oscar night, take a look at the new names up for consideration at the 96th annual Academy Awards, which air Sunday, March 10, at 7 p.m. ET on ABC.

America Ferrera

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America Ferrera

The Emmy-winning Ugly Betty star had yet to break onto the Oscars ballot until her show-stopping performance as Gloria in Barbie. America Ferrera's feminist monologue in the film continues to be praised as one of the most moving cinematic moments of the year, earning Ferrera her first Academy nod for Best Supporting Actress.

Cillian Murphy

<p>Universal Pictures</p> Cillian Murphy

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Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy's performance as the titular physicist in Oppenheimer already secured him a Golden Globe at the start of awards season. Murphy is in the majority as a first-time Oscar candidate in the Best Actor category; of the five nominees, only Bradley Cooper and Paul Giamatti have earned previous nods from the Academy.

Colman Domingo

<p>NETFLIX</p> Colman Domingo

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Colman Domingo

If Rustin star Colman Domingo wins for Best Actor, he'll be the first openly gay Black man to take home an acting Oscar.

“I recognize that I’m having a moment,” Domingo told PEOPLE just a few weeks before nominations were announced.

Danielle Brooks

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Danielle Brooks

Danielle Brooks' performance as Sofia in The Color Purple on Broadway earned her a Tony nomination in 2017. Nearly seven years later, Brooks adapted the same role for big screens and earned her inaugural nod from the Academy.

This year's Best Supporting Actress category is also stacked with fresh names, with Jodie Foster as the only veteran Oscar nominee (she's also a two-time winner).

Da'Vine Joy Randolph

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Da'Vine Joy Randolph

Da'Vine Joy Randolph — who played boarding school cook Mary Lamb in The Holdovers — has already enjoyed an auspicious streak in this year's supporting actress category: she went from first-time nominee to first-time winner at both the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Awards.

Emily Blunt

<p>Universal Pictures</p> Emily Blunt

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Emily Blunt

Though she's appeared in a number of critically acclaimed films, Emily Blunt's name appeared for the first time on the list of Oscar nominees in 2024. The star is up for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Kitty Oppenheimer in Christopher Nolan's 2023 biopic.

Jeffrey Wright

<p>Claire Folger</p> Jeffrey Wright

Claire Folger

Jeffrey Wright

With Tony and Emmy wins already under his belt, Jeffrey Wright is inching closer to EGOT status with his 2024 Best Actor nomination for his role in American Fiction.

Lily Gladstone

<p>Apple TV+</p> Lily Gladstone

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Lily Gladstone

Lily Gladstone made more than just personal history with her first Oscar nomination this year. The Killers of the Flower Moon star — who is of Siksikaitsitapi and Niimiipuu heritage — is the first Native American actress to be nominated for an Oscar. Gladstone is the fourth Indigenous actress to be nominated for Best Actress.

Sandra Hüller

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Sandra Hüller

The German actress' performance as Sandra Voyter in Anatomy of a Fall placed her under consideration for the Best Actress Oscar. Plus, Sandra Hüller features in two Best Picture-nominated films this year: Anatomy of a Fall and the historical drama The Zone of Interest.

Sterling K. Brown

<p>Claire Folger/MGM/Everett </p> Sterling K. Brown

Claire Folger/MGM/Everett

Sterling K. Brown

American Fiction star Sterling K. Brown stands out as the only first-time Oscar nominee in the Best Supporting Actor category. But while he's new to Academy consideration, the This Is Us alumnus has claimed three Primetime Emmy wins, a Golden Globe and four SAG awards over the course of his career.

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