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7 TV Stars Who Just Received Their First Oscar Nominations

7 TV Stars Who Just Received Their First Oscar Nominations
7 TV Stars Who Just Received Their First Oscar Nominations

As diehard TV fans, we can’t remember the last time we were this excited for an Oscars telecast.

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Nominations for the 96th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday, and while there are plenty of feelings to go around, we want to take a moment to celebrate the seven incredible performers who officially made the leap from longtime TV stars to first-time Oscar nominees.

From America Ferrera (Ugly Betty, Superstore), whose passionate speech about the challenges of womanhood in Barbie practically made her a feminist icon overnight, to Danielle Brooks (Orange Is the New Black), who blew the roof off of theaters nationwide in The Color Purple, it’s impossible not to get excited about these small-screen stars finally being recognized for their big-screen talents.

“For somebody who’s been watching the Oscars my whole life, I’ve never been,” Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) said in an Instagram live on Tuesday morning. “I’ve been a fan before I was anything else. You sit and watch these things and think, ‘It must be cool to be in that room. It must be cool to be nominated.’”

Well, Brown doesn’t have to think about how cool it is anymore: His work in American Fiction earned him a spot among the deserving names we’re celebrating today.

(Disclaimer: For the purposes of this list, a TV star is considered anyone known for a series-regular role on television.)

Read on for a breakdown of the seven TV stars who graduated to full-blown Oscar contenders this year, then drop a comment with your personal favorites. Who will you be rooting for when the Jimmy Kimmel-hosted Oscars air on March 10 (ABC, 8/7c)?

DANIELLE BROOKS

DANIELLE BROOKS
DANIELLE BROOKS

NOMINATED FOR: Supporting Actress for her turn as Sofia in The Color Purple

PAST TV ROLES: Leota Adebayo, Peacemaker; Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson, Orange Is the New Black

STERLING K. BROWN

STERLING K. BROWN
STERLING K. BROWN

NOMINATED FOR: Supporting Actor for his turn as Clifford Ellison in American Fiction

PAST TV ROLES: Randall Pearson, This Is Us; Christopher Darden, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story; Roland Burton, Army Wives

COLMAN DOMINGO

COLMAN DOMINGO
COLMAN DOMINGO

NOMINATED FOR: Lead Actor for his turn as Bayard Rustin in Rustin

PAST TV ROLES: Victor Strand, Fear the Walking Dead; Ali, Euphoria

AMERICA FERRERA

AMERICA FERRERA
AMERICA FERRERA

NOMINATED FOR: Supporting Actress for her turn as Gloria in Barbie

PAST TV ROLES: Amy Sosa, Superstore; Betty Suarez, Ugly Betty

CILLIAN MURPHY

CILLIAN MURPHY
CILLIAN MURPHY

NOMINATED FOR: Lead Actor for his turn as J. Robert Oppenheimer in Oppenheimer

PAST TV ROLES: Thomas Shelby, Peaky Blinders

DA’VINE JOY RANDOLPH

NOMINATED FOR: Supporting Actress for her turn as Mary Lamb in The Holdovers

PAST TV ROLES: Detective Donna Williams, Only Murders in the Building; Destiny, The Idol; Shaveese “Veesy” Diggs, The Last O.G.; Cherise, High Fidelity; Yvonne Watson, People of Earth

JEFFREY WRIGHT

JEFFREY WRIGHT
JEFFREY WRIGHT

NOMINATED FOR: Lead Actor for his turn as Thelonious “Monk” Ellison in American Fiction

PAST TV ROLES: Bernard Lowe, Westworld; Valentin Narcisse, Boardwalk Empire; Belize, Angels in America

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