Shows new and old triumphed in the Emmy nominations Thursday morning, but not all were as expected (see our list of the most shocking snubs here). Scroll down to see the many nominated shows and stars that hardly anybody saw coming.
No longer an Emmy orphan
Following a much-publicized outcry from fans and critics last year when Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) was snubbed, the Emmys apologized in the best way possible, by nominating her for the sci-fi show. With an Emmy nom under her belt, Maslany has now accomplished what Sarah Michelle Gellar (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and Mary McDonnell (“Battlestar Galactica”) never could. Now … can she win?
Are our eyes seeing double?
Gaby Hoffmann gave us not one, but two surprises on Emmy morning, being nominated in the supporting role for “Transparent” as well as the guest race for “Girls.” Gold Derby’s odds-makers had her down in 17th place for Best Supporting Actress and 21st place for Best Guest Actress, proving that sometimes the Emmys like to go their own way.
A hilarious parting gift
“Parks and Recreation” ended its seven-season run on NBC earlier this year and wound up with a surprise Emmy nomination as Best Comedy Series. The show was nominated only once in this category before — for its third season in 2011 — suggesting that voters either really loved this final season, or they just really hated Seasons 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6.
Welcome back, crazy Carrie
As a former Best Drama Series champion (2012), we probably shouldn’t be too surprised to see “Homeland” back in action. However, it was way down in 12th place in our rankings, suggesting our odds-makers thought the Emmys would move on. Don’t forget, it was snubbed last year and it’s usually rare for a show to be re-nominated after getting the boot.
In a year that saw no less than 17 black actors and actresses nominated for Emmys, Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) earned a well-deserved nod as the comedic lead of the freshman ABC laffer. He was actually in ninth place in our predictions, just ahead of …
Last man at the Emmys
Will Forte ranked 10th place on our chart for lead actor of Fox’s “The Last Man on Earth,” a show that also earned top bids for Best Writing (Forte) and Best Directing (Phil Lord and Chris Miller). Hmm, if the Emmys loved the show so much, why no nod for Best Comedy Series?
They should rename it “Boys”
In a show called “Girls,” how strange is it that supporting player Adam Driver is now a three-time nominee, while none of the titular girls were even nominated? Our odds-makers were quite surprised by Driver’s nomination this morning, as they had him way down in 14th place.
Take your jaw off the floor
If Driver’s nomination was a surprise, then Keegan-Michael Key‘s bid for “Key & Peele” is a bonafide jaw-dropper. We had the Comedy Central star in 34th place to receive a nomination, meaning there were 33 supporting players from TV comedies that had a better chance of receiving a nomination than him.
He has the mob vote
Liev Schreiber‘s position on our Drama Actor chart was at #21, meaning he was the hardest lead performer to predict across all genres, male or female. The “Ray Donovan” star may have been nominated, but his co-star Jon Voight, a nominee last year, was left out in the cold.
A scandalous family
At long last, industry favorite Khandi Alexander receives her first career Emmy nomination. It’s for her “Scandal” guest role as the mother of Kerry Washington‘s character. Just last year, Papa Pope Joe Morton earned an Emmy, so things are looking up for Olivia’s parents.
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