Poll: What was the biggest surprise in Emmy nominations?

Sure, this year’s Emmy nominations were filled with surprises. But which was the biggest one of all? 

After reading the recaps of those who reaped bids in the comedy and drama races despite not numbering among our predicted nominees, vote in our poll at the bottom of the post. 

Comedy Series
Veep“: This HBO laffer was predicted to just miss out on a repeat bid for the top prize, but made the cut for its sophomore season at the expense of “Arrested Development.”

Comedy Actress
Laura Dern (“Enlightened“): Last year, this four-time past Emmy nominee was snubbed for the first season of her HBO series about a woman facing a mid-life crisis even though she had won the Golden Globe. This year, she reaped a bid despite placing only ninth on our list of contenders and having her show cancelled. 

Comedy Actor
Matt LeBlanc (“Episodes“): He picked up his second bid for playing an exaggerated version of himself on this Showtime series. At eighth place on our list, he bumped out Jake Johnson (“New Girl”). 

Comedy Supporting Actress
Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”) just made our top 10 but reaped her first bid for playing the VP’s chief of staff, knocking Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory”) out of contention. 

Comedy Supporting Actor
Bill Hader (“Saturday Night Live“): He repeats in this race for his farewell season on NBC’s late night staple  even though he ranked only eighth on our list.

Tony Hale (“Veep”): This improv vet was in the 16th slot on our chart but landed a nomination for his role as an assisant to the VP. Hale proved to be a savvy Emmy player as he had to choose between submitting for this show and “Arrested Development.” 

Drama Actress
Connie Britton (“Nashville“): This three-time past Emmy nominee ranked only 11th among contenders for playing an aging country music diva on the first season of this ABC series. 

Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel“): This Oscar nominee (“Up in the Air”) reaped her first Emmy bid, even though she was ranked 9th, for playing Norma Bates in the A&E prequel to “Psycho”

Drama Actor
Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey“): Although he was nominated last year for playing the lord of the manor on this PBS hit, he ranked only eighth on this year’s roster, and bumped two-time contender Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”). 

Drama Supporting Actress
Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones“): This fan favorite was in 10th place on our predictions list but edged out Monica Potter (“Parenthood”) to earn her first nomination for playing Daenerys Targaryen, the ‘Mother of Dragons’ on this HBO fantasy series. 

Drama Supporting Actor
Bobby Cannavale (“Boardwalk Empire“): While the HBO crime drama was snubbed in the series race, this Emmy champ (“Will & Grace”) knocked Corey Stoll (“House of Cards”) out of the running with his scene-stealing work as Gyp Rosetti, the gangster who challenges a mob boss. 

2 thoughts on “Poll: What was the biggest surprise in Emmy nominations?

  1. so… everyone but me was expecting Jim Carter to return for his role on Downton Abbey?
    Jane Lynch wasn’t a surprise? I’d call it a jawdroper…

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