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Surprises: So much new blood
Or more specifically, "so much new blood in Best Drama Lead Actress." The category features three fresh faces — Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Kerry Washington (Scandal) and Robin Wright (House of Cards) — a refreshing sight since Emmy voters are notorious creatures of habit. Washington is only the fifth African-American actress to be nominated in this category and the first in 18 years, following Debbie Allen, Alfre Woodard, Regina Taylor and Cicely Tyson. Though she's not a new face, Connie Britton managed to land her fourth-straight nomination for her third different series (Nashville), a feat in and of itself. Other new faces include Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Adam Driver (Girls), Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad), Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire) and Homeland's Morena Baccarin.