Emmy nominations 2017: Oops! We goofed by NOT predicting Milo Ventimiglia, Samira Wiley or Gordon Ramsay

The 2017 Emmy nominations were announced on Thursday morning, July 13, and there were many surprises, so if you went out on a limb when making your predictions, they might have paid off in multiple ways. We at Gold Derby believe in transparency, so we’re owning up to our collective mistakes by congratulating the nominees we didn’t see coming, whether they were close calls that almost made our top predictions or complete long shots who made us do a double take. Those surprise nominees are listed below. Check out the complete list of nominees to see who else made the cut, both expected and unexpected.

Among the biggest surprises were the two “Saturday Night Live” cast members who joined Kate McKinnon in the race for Best Comedy Supporting Actress. McKinnon was no surprise — in fact, she was our frontrunner to win going into the nominations — but Leslie Jones didn’t make our top six predictions, and Vanessa Bayer wasn’t even on our radar.

We also didn’t anticipate the Best Comedy Actress nomination for Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”), but perhaps we should have. Adlon is a past Emmy winner (Best Voice-Over Performance for “King of the Hill,” 2002) with five total nominations across writing, producing and acting categories. And on top of that she was recently nominated by the Television Critics Association.

On the drama side we also missed Milo Ventimiglia for Best Drama Actor; we were pretty sure his co-star Sterling K. Brown would make the cut, but we underestimated his on-screen dad. Similarly, we were slightly surprised by the Drama Supporting Actress nomination for the sinister Ann Dowd from “The Handmaid’s Tale,” but we were shocked and delighted to see Samira Wiley also earn a bid for the Hulu original series.

And who would have thought that after all these years celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay would be nominated for the first time for his kinder-and-gentler “MasterChef Junior”?

Check out more of our goofs below. Were you among the few who predicted nominations for any of these contenders?

OUT OF NOWHERE
This contender was so surprising that she wasn’t even in our predictions center.

Best Comedy Supporting Actress
Vanessa Bayer, “Saturday Night Live”

HUGE SHOCKERS
These contenders were such long shots that our predictors all but wrote them off, but they proved us wrong.

Best Comedy Actress
Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”

Best Comedy Supporting Actress
Kathryn Hahn, “Transparent”

Best Comedy Guest Actress
Wanda Sykes, “Black-ish”

Best Drama Supporting Actress
Samira Wiley, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Best Drama Guest Actress
Shannon Purser, “Stranger Things”

Best TV Movie
“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors”

Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor
Bill Camp, “The Night Of”

Best Reality Host
W. Kamau Bell, “United Shades of America”
Gordon Ramsay, “MasterChef Junior”

CLOSE CALLS
We knew they had a shot, but these nominees still didn’t quite make our lineup of predicted contenders according to our combined racetrack odds.

Best Comedy Series
“Modern Family”

Best Comedy Actress
Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”

Best Comedy Actor
Zach Galifianakis, “Baskets”

Best Comedy Supporting Actress
Leslie Jones, “Saturday Night Live”

Best Comedy Supporting Actor
Matt Walsh, “Veep”

Best Comedy Guest Actress
Becky Ann Baker, “Girls”

Best Comedy Guest Actor
Riz Ahmed, “Girls”
Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Saturday Night Live”
Matthew Rhys, “Girls”

Best Drama Series
“House of Cards”

Best Drama Actor
Anthony Hopkins, “Westworld”
Milo Ventimiglia, “This is Us”

Best Drama Supporting Actress
Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Best Drama Supporting Actor
David Harbour, “Stranger Things”

Best Drama Guest Actress
Laverne Cox, “Orange is the New Black”

Best Drama Guest Actor
Denis O’Hare, “This is Us”
BD Wong, “Mr. Robot”

Best Limited Series
“Genius”

Best Movie/Mini Actress
Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”

Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress
Jackie Hoffman, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Michelle Pfeiffer, “The Wizard of Lies”

Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor
Michael Kenneth Williams, “The Night Of”

Best Reality Competition Program
“American Ninja Warrior”

Best Reality Host
Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg, “Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party”

Best Variety Talk Series
“Real Time with Bill Maher”

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