Top 10 biggest Emmy nominations jaw-droppers: Ricky Gervais, Lena Headey, …

Shows new and old triumphed in the Emmy nominations Thursday morning, but not all were as expected. (To see the complete list of Emmy nominees, click here. And to see our list of the most shocking snubs, click here.)

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Ricky Gervais, Lena Headey, and Fred Armisen

We knew that the Emmys love Ricky Gervais but didn’t know how they’d feel about his Netflix series “Derek.” They nominated him for Best Comedy Actor, upsetting expected contender Andy Samberg (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine“).

We also knew support would be strong for “Game of Thrones,” but didn’t expect to see Lena Headey nominated instead of Emilia Clarke for Best Drama Supporting Actress.

We anticipated major nominations for Netflix’s “House of Cards” in its second season, but guest-acting bids for Kate Mara and Reg E. Cathey still came as a surprise.

Also getting an extra, unexpected hug was “American Horror Story: Coven.” In addition to less surprising nominees Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, and Angela Bassett, the TV academy also reached out to Frances Conroy for Movie/Mini Supporting Actress.

Portlandia” came out of nowhere to receive nominations not just for Variety Writing and Variety Directing, but also a pair of bids in the comedy races: Best Comedy Supporting Actor (Fred Armisen) and Comedy Guest Actor (Steve Buscemi).

Also pulling off a huge shocker was “Saturday Night Live” alum Kristen Wiig, who earned a Best Movie/Mini Actress bid for the comic miniseries “The Spoils of Babylon.”

Speaking of “SNL,” few anticipated that Kate McKinnon would break through for the first time for Best Comedy Supporting Actress for the NBC sketch series. She joins two other women who have earned bids in that category: Wiig and Amy Poehler.

Despite previous snubs in the Drama Series races, HBO’s “Treme” was bolstered in its final miniseries season, which earned unexpected bids for Best Miniseries and Best Movie/Mini Writing.

And though “The Normal Heart” was expected to triumph, unexpected were its four nominations for Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actor, including Alfred Molina, who had 100/1 racetrack odds.

To see a photo gallery of this year’s biggest surprise nominees, look below or click here.

7 thoughts on “Top 10 biggest Emmy nominations jaw-droppers: Ricky Gervais, Lena Headey, …

  1. Lena Headey is infinitely more talented than Emilia Clarke. I’ve always been so confused by the Academy’s blindness to that…Glad Lena is finally getting the recognition she deserves!

  2. Totally saw Headey’s nomination coming. She’s been doing better work than Clarke this whole time in probably the most consistently great performance on the show, give or take a Charles Dance.

  3. Initially I was disappointed by both Lena and Emilia being casted as neither of them fitted my own imagination of the book descriptions but that is quite subjective. However, in my view Lena’s acting more than made up which I cannot say about Emilia. All the sneers, the looks, the arrogance Lena displays as Cersei are just amazing – she definitely deserves to win this Emmy.

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