Surprise! Which Emmy nominees did you fail to predict?

Amongst all of those routine, expected nominations for the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, there were also many surprise nominees that Gold Derby’s Experts, Editors and Users failed to predict. (See the complete list of nominations here.)

Kathy Bates has the unique distinction of being the only performer to receive not one, but two surprise nods (Drama Actress for “Harrys Law” and Comedy Guest Actress for “Two and a Half Men“), while Margaret Cho (Guest Comedy Actress for “30 Rock”) can offically be declared this year’s biggest jaw-dropper thanks to the fact that she didn’t even make our predictions center!

Gold Derby only got one category 100% correct (Drama Series), while the races for Drama Guest Actor and Comedy Guest Actress proved to be our community’s most head-scratching, with four surprise nominations turning up in each of those races. The inclusion of HBO’s “Veep” and “Girls” no doubt will stun many, as they came in at 8th and 10th respectively in our predictions for Comedy Series.

And then there’s “Downton Abbey.” The miniseries-turned-drama-series accounted for a whopping four surprise nominations in the acting categories (Hugh Bonneville, Brendan Coyle, Jim Carter and Joanne Froggatt), which means either the Gold Derby community undervalued the PBS series, or the Emmys overpraised it.

Here’s the category-by-category breakdown of all the nominees that failed to make Gold Derby’s predicted top six (or top five in the case of the Movie/Miniseries races):

BEST DRAMA SERIES — 0 surprise nominees

BEST DRAMA ACTOR — 2 surprise nominees
Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”) was in our 11th slot
Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”) was in our 12th slot

BEST DRAMA ACTRESS — 1 surprise nominee
Kathy Bates (“Harry’s Law”) was in our 10th slot

BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR — 3 surprise nominees
Jared Harris (“Mad Men”) was in our 7th slot
Brendan Coyle (“Downton Abbey”) was in our 17th slot
Jim Carter (“Downton Abbey”) was in our 28th slot

BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS — 1 surprise nominee
Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”) was in our 26th slot

BEST DRAMA GUEST ACTOR — 4 surprise nominees
Dylan Baker (“The Good Wife”) was in our 14th slot
Mark Margolis (“Breaking Bad”) was in our 17th slot
Jason Ritter (“Parenthood”) was in our 18th slot
Ben Feldman (“Mad Men”) was in our 22nd slot

BEST DRAMA GUEST ACTRESS — 2 surprise nominees
Julia Ormond (“Mad Men”) was in our 7th slot
Martha Plimpton (“The Good Wife”) was in our 12th slot

BEST COMEDY SERIES — 2 surprise nominees
Veep” was in our 8th slot
Girls” was in our 10th slot

BEST COMEDY ACTOR — 1 surprise nominee
Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men”) was in our 7th slot

BEST COMEDY ACTRESS — 2 surprise nominees
Lena Dunham (“Girls”) was in our 8th slot
Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”) was in our 9th slot

BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR — 1 surprise nominee
Bill Hader (“Saturday Night Live”) was in our 17th slot

BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS — 3 surprise nominees
Kathryn Joosten (“Desperate Housewives”) was in our 10th slot
Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”) was in our 13th slot
Merritt Wever (“Nurse Jackie”) was in our 15th slot

BEST COMEDY GUEST ACTOR — 3 surprise nominees
Greg Kinnear (“Modern Family”) was in our 7th slot
Jon Hamm (“30 Rock”) was in our 12th slot
Bobby Cannavale (“Nurse Jackie”) was in our 15th slot

BEST COMEDY GUEST ACTRESS — 4 surprise nominees
Dot-Marie Jones (“Glee”) was in our 9th slot
Kathy Bates (“Two and a Half Men”) was in our 10th slot
Elizabeth Banks (“30 Rock”) was in our 25th slot
Margaret Cho (“30 Rock”) was not in our predictions list

BEST MOVIE/MINISERIES — 1 surprise nominee
“Luther” was in our 8th slot

BEST MOVIE/MINISERIES ACTOR — 1 surprise nominee
Bill Paxton (“Hatfields & McCoys”) was in our 11th slot

BEST MOVIE/MINISERIES ACTRESS — 2 surprise nominees
Emma Thompson (“The Song of Lunch”) was in our 6th slot
Ashley Judd (“Missing”) was in our 8th slot

BEST MOVIE/MINISERIES SUPPORTING ACTOR — 2 surprise nominees
Tom Berenger (“Hatfields & McCoys”) was in our 7th slot
Denis O’Hare (“American Horror Story”) was in our 8th slot

BEST MOVIE/MINISERIES SUPPORTING ACTRESS — 1 surprise nominee
Frances Conroy (“American Horror Story”) was in our 6th slot

BEST REALITY-COMPETITION SERIES — 1 surprise nominee
“Dancing with the Stars” was in our 7th slot

BEST REALITY HOST — 1 surprise nominee
Betty White (“Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”) was in our 6th slot

BEST VARIETY SERIES — 1 surprise nominee
“Real Time with Bill Maher” was in our 8th slot

OTHER EMMY NEWS:

‘Mad Men,’ ‘American Horror Story’ lead Emmy Award nominations

Emmy Awards: Complete list of nominations

See how you did predicting Emmy Awards nominations 

Emmy snubs include ‘Parks and Recreation,’ ‘The Good Wife,’ Kelsey Grammer, Jeff Probst

Emmy nominations: Chris Beachum’s good, bad and ugly

Emmy nominations: Marcus Dixon’s good, bad and ugly

Emmy nominations: Daniel Montgomery’s good, bad and ugly

3 thoughts on “Surprise! Which Emmy nominees did you fail to predict?

  1. Lead actress drama : 4 of them should not be there, but I guess them being tehre just proves where Emmy is all about: Luvvie, Names, being in a cable show or posh British one.Anna Torv, voters, that is acting.

  2. BTW: Downton Ab last year posed as mini series and got the attention, this year Horror is doing teh same trick, does that mean that now every series should start as Mini as voters only seem to watch those with cable?

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